Since the beginning of this year, AC&A has been working on the drafting of the bridge regulations and the updating of the Dominican Republic’s highway regulations, and was recently commissioned to update the country’s seismic analysis and design regulations. This contract, whose counterparts are the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD) and the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, is part of a program financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The purpose of this document is to guarantee that the country has a safe, resistant and resilient infrastructure, incorporating the technical aspects resulting from a constantly changing science. It will result in an updated report that will allow for the analysis and design of the structures according to the guidelines that respond to the geological and seismic reality of the Dominican Republic.

The importance of this work lies in the large number of earthquakes registered during 2019: out of a total of 1,257, more than 10% (144) occurred during the month of May, although all of low magnitude (between 2.0 and 4.1 on the Richter scale). If we look back on history, the largest earthquake in the Republic occurred in 1946, with a magnitude of 8.0, taking a heavy toll on human lives and material damage.

The project, which will have an estimated term of 15 months, includes the drafting of a Regulation proposal, its discussion and exchange, the search for consensus with local experts, the development of different application examples, and two training courses on the topic to be held in Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros. The AC&A team is made up of Argentine and Dominican leaders who will work together to update the regulations.

The significance, scope and impact of the project make it an extraordinary challenge for AC&A.