PBRV exists mainly for its Research and Development activities.  R&D is at the core of our endeavours that feed most of our consulting work. This is what sets our company apart, keeps us up to date and at the forefront of innovation in all of the services we provide to our clients and to the community.


Research

PBRV’s past and current research work can be summarized in the number of publications that team members have presented to the engineering community in the last 15 years. 

The main documents can be downloaded here:

PBRV Research Work

Humar J. M., Pina F. E. and M. G. Asl., 2007. “Performance of Shear Wall Structures Designed By a Displacement-Based Design Method”, Ninth Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ottawa, On, Canada, Paper 1051.
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White T., Ventura C.E., Taylor G. and F.E. Pina., 2008. “Procedimientos preliminares para el reforzamiento sísmico de las escuelas de British Columbia, Canadá. Aspectos generales de la Segunda Edición”. 33rd Jornadas Sudamericanas de Ingeniería Estructural, Santiago, Chile.
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Pina F., White T., Taylor G., Ventura C.E. and L. Finn, 2008. “Performance-based retrofit guidelines for low-rise school buildings in British Columbia, Canada” The 14-th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China.
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Pina F., White T., Taylor G. and C.E. Ventura, 2009. “Conventional steel construction for the performance-based earthquake retrofit of low-rise school buildings”, STESSA 2009: Behavior of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas, Philadelphia, PE, USA.
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Hanson R., Taylor G., C.E. Ventura and F. E. Pina, 2009. “Nonlinear performance based seismic assessment for low-rise buildings”, Conference on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures, ATC & SEI, San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Pina, F., Taylor, G., Ventura, C.E., and Finn, W.D.L., 2010. Site response analysis for the seismic risk assessment of schools in British Columbia, Canada. Proceedings of the 9th US national and 10th Canadian conference on earthquake engineering: reaching beyond borders, Paper 1154, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Pina, F., Taylor, G., Ventura, C.E., and Finn, W.D.L., 2010. Seismic risk assessment tool for seismic mitigation of schools in British Columbia. Proceedings of the 9th US national and 10th Canadian conference on earthquake engineering: reaching beyond borders, Paper 1193, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Pina, F., Ventura, C.E., Taylor, G., and Finn, W.D.L., 2010. Selection of ground motions for the seismic risk assessment of low-rise school buildings in South-western British Columbia, Canada. Proceedings of the 9th US national and 10th Canadian conference on earthquake engineering: reaching beyond borders, Paper 1624, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PBRV_8_2010
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Humar J. M., Fazileh, F., Ghorbanie-Asl M. and F. E. Pina, 2011. “Displacement-based seismic design of reinforced concrete shear wall buildings”, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 2011, 38(6): 616-626.

Pina, F., and Ventura, C., 2012. Seismic risk assessment of conventional steel constructions to the hazard of three earthquake types in Southwestern British Columbia. STESSA 2012: Behavior of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas, Santiago, Chile.
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Pina, F., Ventura, C. and Nunez, T., 2012. Seismic Risk Assessment in Northern Chile – Lessons from a reconnaissance visit before the next mega-earthquake in Peru-Chile. Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept 2012.
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Pina F., 2014. Estimating Risk for Santiago, Chile Due To Deep Intraplate and Interface Earthquakes. 11th EERI meeting, Anchorage, Alaska, 2014.
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Pina, F., Gonzalez, P., Burgos, C. and Saavedra, E., 2015. Seismic Design of a Mid-rise Building in Chile using Radiata Pine Cross Laminated Timber. 11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Victoria, BC, 2015.
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Pina, F. 2015. Performance-based Design of Tall Buildings in California. 11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Victoria, BC, 2015.
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Technological Development

PBRV is currently working on the development of several tools and procedures for improving the performance and design process of structures. These also provide means for estimating the risk for earthquake damage of different types of buildings. 

PBRV has been awarded a 2016 Building Excellence Grant to develop a methodology for the assessment of typical residential construction in the Lower Mainland under earthquake events.

PBRV’s principal, Dr. Freddy Pina, has collaborated and been part of the APEGBC-UBC research group in the School Seismic Upgrade Program.

PBRV is also part of a selected list for the technical review of seismic upgrade/assessment of public schools in British Columbia.


Engineering Tools

PBRV research work is mostly oriented to help engineers in both the structural assessment and design of buildings. Most of our tools are internally distributed or prepared as a business-to-business service.

Some examples of tools developed by PBRV:

  • Performance-based seismic design guidelines and procedures for structures
  • Seismic Design of Diaphragms for Tall Buildings
  • Post-processing tools for performance-based design
  • Nonlinear dynamic analysis tools
  • Automatic reporting
  • Web-based solutions
  • Management tools for small engineering businesses

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