The Company Designed to Streamline Seismic Building Code Compliance

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VAICO Seismic Bracing Technology

VAICO Seismic Bracing Products and Services for all Non-Stuctural Building Utility Systems

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VAICO is a Christchurch based company that services the Australasia region with the ISAT seismic process.  Together we have much experience with seismic design and restraint of MEP services and Suspended Ceilings.  ISAT is a global leader in seismic engineering services, restraint system components and quality assurance for nonstructural seismic bracing.  Working for the construction team, together we have accrued an extensive project resume that is unmatched in the industry. The project portfolio includes some of the most complex Healthcare projects on behalf of many of the world’s largest and most highly respected construction companies. ISAT was established in 1977 and headquartered in Earthquake prone Southern California,  ISAT has grown to 14 offices in the US and many offices outside the US.

We specialize in construction markets that have a heightened concern for seismic code compliance. Typically these projects are either deemed essential by the building code or directed by the facility owner/insurance provider. Many of our markets are located in areas in which little is known about seismic code compliance.  Because of this, we are adept at streamlining the solutions for Commercial, Industrial, High – Tech and Essential Facilities.  We provide a comprehensive suite of services and solutions at all stages of construction.  Our services and solutions are specific to building utility systems including but not limited to HVAC, mechanical piping, distributed electrical systems, plumbing, process piping, and fire protection.  Sensitive to the bottom-line interests of our clients we have streamlined methods to provide code compliant solutions that translate into immediate savings in design, drastically reduced labor and greater certainty of code compliance.

We have access to staff members among the best in the industry and backed by the highest level of technology to ensure every aspect of your project is managed to meet deadlines and budgets.

IMPORTANT : NZ Department of Building of Housing Codewords Issue December 2012

Details of seismic restraint for engineering systems must be included in building consent applications.  Download infomation sheet here

What does this mean for the industry?
This is a significant change to normal process as previously NZS4219:2009 was referenced by the Mechanical/Electrical/Hydraulic Consultant of record. Design & install was often times carried out by the MEP contractor who typically would provide a Producer Statement that the work was completed in accordance to NZS4219:2009. Department of Building and Housing have now raised the bar, calling for seismic restraint details to be included in Building Consent applications.

How does VAICO address this new requirement?
Vaico is producing full engineered seismic bracing design including marked up plans/calculations for Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing/Fire trades for council issue of building consent. MORE >

Non-structural Building Code Services Include

  • Seismic Bracing Engineering
  • Equipment Anchorage Details
  • Engineering/Calculations
  • Installation Coordination
  • Kit Installer/Detailer Training
  • 3D Modeling/ 2D to 3D Coordination
  • OSHPD Submittals
  • Pipe Stress Analysis
  • Retrofit Design
  • Flex Connectors
  • Floor Mounted Support
  • Vibration Isolation Design
  • Point load design
  • Seismic Design Education
  • As-build Drawings
  • Specifications
  • Installation Review
  • Seismic Joints
  • Blast Protection
  • Utility Supports
  • Roof Mounted Equipment
  • Supplemental Steel Design
  • Retrofit/As-Built Site Survey
  • Riser Support Design

Seismic Code Compliance

While many projects share common elements, we understand every project has unique circumstances and needs. Large-scale hospital projects have a unique set of challenges related to seismic compliance.   VAICO's services are available to augment the specialised needs of the design construction team or simply act as a stand-alone seismic bracing engineer of record.

Education - the key to ensuring your building meets Code Compliance

We can demonstrate our value and insight to the decision makers on your project team by providing a free seismic code education seminar specific to the NZS 4219:2009 code - (call to book a time).  This has proven to be extremely valuable to ensure the whole team has a common understanding of the requirements.  Additionally it can help to provide valuable insight as to where the roles and responsibilities lie and what the cost and labor impact will be.

Seismic Codes Are Now a New Zealand Issue

Specific language in the building codes requires seismic design for nonstructural components by a registered design professional to be submitted as engineered construction documents. In the past, quality assurance methods have been left to chance, and often times third party special inspection of the engineered seismic system has not been implemented. As a result of the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011 and 2012, many projects and teams are facing complexities that make it challanging to define and meet requirements. VAICO clears up this confusion and reduces ambiguity surrounding design and implementation of code compliant seismic bracing systems. The following items are just a few examples that must be taken into consideration for each project:

  • Building Importance Level - Range 1 through to 5
  • Component Category - Range P1 to P7
  • Zone Factor (Z)
  • Component Risk Factor (Rc)

Too often, companies rely on insurance as the primary and sometimes only form of managing the risk posed by earthquakes. Prudent action calls for more progressive methods of risk management, such as building improvement strategies that are specifically designed to protect lives and to mitigate the loss of business continuity.

As a professional serving the commercial construction industry, you and your company need to be aware of the repercussions of these natural disasters. If you are responsible for the engineering, construction or inspection of a building that is involved in an earthquake, knowing that you could have helped avert human tragedy and economic disaster, but didn't, could be both personally and professionally devastating. That's why the references to the seismic restraint section of the building codes is being called up and examined very closely today on both new and completed projects. Ignoring or bypassing these requirements in today's litigious climate can result in disastrous consequences.

Companies and organisations face conflicting demands. Production and services must be continuous, yet safety and environmental standards cannot be compromised.   These actions must often be achieved under tight financial constraints.   We work closely with each client to explore all available options before deciding on a final solution.   Our objective is to deliver the most cost-effective solution with minimal impact to ongoing operations.   Our company understands that the constant progression of building codes is ever changing and can be difficult to stay on top of; that's why we  are dedicated to educating others on the latest building code requirements and helping streamline successful building code compliance.

Partner with the Best

At VAICO we are dedicated to customer satisfaction through all stages of construction. Our unmatched experience in the industry in New Zealand, including experience worldwide with ISAT, has allowed us to develop streamlined methods of achieving code compliance that translate to immediate project savings in design and labor for our customers.  Our project resume and high customer return rates speaks volumes.  We look forward to working with you on your next project.


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