Our Services

Robinson Seismic Ltd offers seismic design and earthquake engineering services for a range of clients. Please click on one of the links below to go direct to the section most relevant to you:

Architects, engineers, and project managers

Buildings damaged unnecessarily by earthquakes

Many expensive and important buildings are being constructed in earthquake-prone areas using traditional earthquake engineering methods – compromising their value, security, contents, and operability.

Seismic design commonly dissipates earthquake energy by ductile yielding and plastic deformation to prevent collapse – leaving the building damaged.

There is a better way: Seismic Isolation – a little-known solution to building survival.

Seismic isolation can reduce the seismic forces and displacements in a structure by up to 80% – keeping it intact and operable through an earthquake. Read case studies of buildings and structures that survived well-known earthquakes.

It is smart leading-edge technology strongly endorsed by world-leading engineering consultants.

Get the help of world-leading design ingenuity – from concept to completion

It can seem a barrier for some engineers to learn how to incorporate base isolation into their building projects. It does require a few design changes, eg seismic gaps to allow the building to float independently from the ground.

We partner with a number of world-leading consulting engineers to incorporate these devices into your structures – providing a complete solution for you.

Bearings and dampers supplied to spec

If you have established seismic design expertise with bearings or dampers, we can supply them to your specification. Feel free to discuss your requirements with us, and we can arrange custom manufacturing.

Technical information made transparently available to you

We’re happy to provide any technical information you may need – to prove the value of seismic isolation or to cover your design issues. Here are some useful existing resources:

Promoted only for the right situations

Seismic isolation is extremely effective for a wide range of applications, where:

  • The structure has suitable dimensions
  • The site permits horizontal displacements at the base of 200mm or more
  • Lateral loads due to wind are less than approximately 10% of the weight of the structure
  • The subsoil does not produce a predominance of long period ground motion.

We’ll give you objective advice on any structure you have in mind.

Commercial & Industrial building owners

Seismic isolation of your important buildings and facilities could save you operational and financial disaster. It will give you significant insurance advantages. If you look at the probability of a major earthquake and the cost impact, it could be a financially expedient solution. Retrofitting is often feasible for your existing structures.

How important is your business continuity?

A good disaster recovery plan is invaluable to maximise business continuity, but there’s not a lot anyone can do if a building is destroyed and occupants killed. How long could you afford to have a building unoccupied and not usable?

Surviving a major earthquake

If you lost just one of your buildings, what would the financial impact be? Have you ever spoken to a building owner who suffered this? Insurance can help but some events just aren’t covered by insurers and re-building is an expensive business.

Do you have any high occupancy buildings such as offices and residences?

These buildings have a lot at stake in terms of human life, staff resource, and consequent financial loss.

How would your industrial facility fare?

Do you have a factory or other industrial plant at risk from earthquake? There could be major loss of high-tech equipment, materials, product, and personnel.

Protect your vulnerable tanks and storage facilities

Seismic isolation has been proven for applications beyond buildings. There are a range of other structures including critical water, fuel, and produce tanks. Other possible applications include wine vats and power stations.

Government organisations

Seismic (base) isolation is extremely valuable for critical buildings which need to function after earthquakes – hospitals, key government buildings, emergency centres, and bridges. It can also protect valued heritage buildings and national treasures in earthquake prone areas. Retrofitting is often feasible for existing structures.

Would your governmental operations be paralysed by a major earthquake?

It could be very costly for your government agencies and whole country if your key buildings, equipment, and staff are lost in a big earthquake. The recovery could take many years.

Ensuring you can maintain order in the aftermath

With Seismic Isolation, you’ll be able to continue functioning during and after an earthquake, and save massive losses.

Robinson Seismic can secure your important buildings with the same seismic isolation technology that saved the Japanese Ministry of P & T computer centre in the 1995 Kobe earthquake. You can read more about this.

Hospitals – the loss of just one MRI machine could pay for Seismic Isolation

There is always a high demand for hospital services following an earthquake. For a relatively small investment, you can ensure your health system’s operation – like the USCT Hospital’s survival in the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake. You can also protect buildings housing key staff such as nurse accommodation.

We offer advice and training from NZ experts.

New Zealand has high earthquake risk and activity. Several hospitals have been seismically isolated here with Robinson Seismic design including the Wellington Hospital Accident and Emergency Building, Whanganui Hospital’s surgical wing and the Christchurch Women’s Hospital that remained fully operational during the recent big earthquakes in Christchurch.

Call us for more information

Feel free to contact us to discuss any buildings or structures you may want protected.


william clayton buildingWe receive many enquiries from engineering and architectural students, so we’ve put together some commonly required resources for you.

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