Seismic Certifications


OSHPD OSP (Special Seismic Pre-approval)

OSHPD OPA(Pre-approval of Anchorage)

  • We’ve provided OSHPD OPA Seismic Certification
    for the MSS and M2SS Isolators.
  • Please contact us if you are interested in your
    interested in getting your product OSHPD OSP
    approval.

California Structural Engineers, Vibration Isolation, IBC Certification

IBC Certification Importance

The Importance of Being OSHPD and IBC Seismically Approved
The purpose of OSHPD/ IBC certification & preapproval is to ensure that hospitals & other “critical care units” in California will be able to continue functioning during and after an earthquake. The program covers all essential parts of a healthcare facility, including the building itself and its power systems, in addition to electrical, mechanical, and diagnostic equipment. When hospital owners and general contractors or subcontractors buy equipment for hospitals, they can choose from a variety of manufacturers. If a piece of equipment has not been tested and received OSHPD OSP pre-approval before construction begins, deferred approval will be necessary until the qualification is obtained, and projects will be delayed which translates into added project costs. However, if a manufacturer has already put their equipment through shake table testing, delays can be avoided and clients will opt to use that manufacturer’s  OSHPD OSP Certified equipment for a more efficient and less costly project experience. For energized equipment (i.e. equipment which are motorized such as generators, pumps, ac units, etc.), the only way to receive OSHPD OSP Pre-approval, as well as seismic certification, is through shake table testing(we have a partnership with Garwood Laboratories which performs the shake table tests) followed by a report of testing results analysis being prepared by a licensed structural engineer.

Following is a list of equipment and components requiring special seismic certification

We can also provide seismic certification for non-energized equipment(i.e. Tanks)through Analysis or Experience Data rather than Shake Table testing by using ANSYS software which can perform finite element analysis. However, shake table testing is still required even for non-energized equipment to get OSP Pre-approval.