New article at mending wall (sg) about my FEMA work following the Northridge quake

My son, Brian L. Hill  and I are collaborating on a construction consulting startup called mending wall (sg), or Mending Wall Solutions Group. Here is a recent blog post I wrote about my time with FEMA responding to claims following the terrible Northridge earthquake:

  Image courtesy  Eric Gelinas

Image courtesy Eric Gelinas

I was shocked at the number of homes that went up in the earthquake, shifted over a few inches and then came down with disastrous affects.  The worst of all were the "soft story" apartment buildings that had car ports under them with the structure supported by steel pipes.  
The steel pipes provided plenty of support for the load, but no lateral support (resistance to side ways forces) or hold down ability (tension).  Everyone remembers seeing the picture of the  apartment building that had collapsed into the parking garage.