Sy^2 + Associates initiated a project to develop a probabilistic seismic hazard map for Manila, Philippines which would give a better understanding of the seismic activity of the region, as Philippines lies in a seismic active region.  Structural engineers can then develop building designs based on the seismic map, using this data as a reference to determine the level of seismic intensity of the area in which they plan to build.  Furthermore, seismic hazard maps will help professionals with better designs in the context of structural reliability, using the latest international design codes.


AIT Consulting will work with Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) and the Structural Engineering program at AIT to develop the hazard maps.  The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and intergovernmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information regarding natural disasters.  RIMES caters to the different needs and demands of its Member States by enhancing capacities for end-to-end multi-hazard early warning:


The development of probabilistic seismic hazard maps will be accomplished by using the procedures developed for the latest U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps.  The maps will therefore be developed based on the combination of smoothed gridded seismicity, crustal-fault and subduction source models.  The probabilistic seismic hazard assessment quantifies the hazard at a site from all earthquakes of all possible magnitudes, at all significant distances from the site of interest, as a probability by taking into account their frequency of occurrence.