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Earthquake-resistant wood tech used in Japan

Earthquake and wind- resistant wood wall systems designed in B.C. are planned for use on a historic Japanese project. This month, Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism announced its contract award for a 9,000 square metre, five-storey elderly care facility in Adachi W...

Japan scales down stadium plan

Japan is scaling down the planned main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following an uproar from some prominent architects who think it’s too big and expensive. TOKYO Japan is scaling down the planned main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following an uproar from some...

Japan earthquake providing new insight

Japan's March 11 Tohoku Earthquake was among the strongest ever recorded and because it struck one of the world's most heavily instrumented seismic zones, this natural disaster is providing scientists with a treasure trove of data on rare magnitude 9 earthquakes. Japan's March 1...

Japan earthquake provides lessons for building engineers: Georgia Tech

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that the powerful earthquake that hit Japan in March, 2011 weakened subsurface materials by as much as 70 per cent. That non-linear response from the top layer of the Earth’s crust affected how the movement of faults deep beneath the surf...

Japan wants reactors idled while seawall built at plant

Japan has urged a power company to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plant while a seawall and other structures are built to ensure a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second radiation crisis. TOKYO Japan has urged a power company to suspend all three...

Johnson Controls sees building unit demand rise, anticipates third quarter sales drop due to earthquake in Japan

Johnson Controls Inc.’s (NYSE:JCI) second-quarter earnings climbed 29 per cent to US$354 million on higher revenue. The Milwaukee company, which makes building climate control systems, said higher climate-control sales will be offset by auto production cuts due to the earthquake and tsunami i...

British Columbia lumber in demand for Japan reconstruction

British Columbia lumber companies are gearing up to meet an anticipated demand for plywood as Japan develops plans for reconstruction. Japanese ports and plywood producers were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March. VANCOUVER British Columbia lumber companies are gea...

British Columbia lumber can help rebuild Japan after quake

British Columbia lumber companies are gearing up to meet the demand for plywood as Japan develops plans for reconstruction, but there hasn't yet been an increase in demand for lumber. British Columbia lumber companies are gearing up to meet the demand for plywood as Japan devel...

Canadian modular manufacturer in talks to supply modular units for Japan reconstruction

A Langley, B.C.-based company is receiving inquiries from private and public sector organizations in Japan about building modular structures, as the country makes plans for reconstruction after an earthquake last month. A Langley, B.C.-based company is receiving inquiries from p...

Putzmeister pledges concrete pumps for damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan

Construction equipment manufacturer Putzmeister America Inc. will send two 86,000 pumps, normally used to spray concrete for new structures, to Japan to pour water on the Fukushima nuclear reactor damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. They are scheduled to be flown April 9 and could be used t...

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