I call it the “Qbx” (“Quake-Box”), or “QEPS” (“QEP-Safe” or “Safe-Quake-Evac-Pod”), or “SLP” (“Safe-Landing Pod”); other considerations: “the Dreadnought”, or “the Fort Knox Box”
This is a building safety device and system designed for providing earthquake protection in many existing and future residential and commercial buildings. Most of the considerations were conceived with *existing multi-family buildings* in mind - particularly those that have not, will not, or can not be retrofitted sufficiently to mitigate life-threatening earthquake damage, especially during and after building collapse. Ideally, the design would also be effective in high-rise condos. The device, as conceived, will withstand effects of a wide variety of impact forces, including impacts from a fall from whatever heights, and impacts by external objects from most any direction (including other QBX's). And even further like a safe-room on steroids, this design provides for great variety of communications and signal devices (including for Vital Signs monitoring and telecommunications), as well as limited supplies, miscellaneous utilities, etc (elaboration below). [Tag: earthquake preparation]
In the figure at right are design concepts for varying size, shape, and occupancy, may have more or fewer amenities. Some - especially for smaller housing units- may even double as, or fit under/inside of, tables or beds - depending on research finds regarding orientation of device at initiation of building's structural failure. Once design requirements/codes are established, designs for custom-made kits might be published for home/user construction.
Hi-Tech Considerations & Questions - with insurance aspects in mind
Vehicle Crash Design Mode: designed for occupant safety/survivability during and after passive movement and high impact. Basics would include a practical landing pod protective environment, contoured beds or seats, with some combination - as best designs are worked out - for belts/straps/webbing, padding and air bags, auto and manual-activated mechanisms for quick/easy deployment of the previous mentioned protection fittings, and mechanisms for release under varying condition for same; shock absorbers (coil springs?); titanium roll-cage(?).
Multiple-Unit-Collision Considerations/Questions: How strong becomes not feasible; Injury/Death - actual causes and/vs greater causes (protection of as many as possible under extreme emergency and survival conditions), related insurance applicability/ requirements? What can we guarantee an occupant, considering how many floors high a system is deployed, the design and condition of the building, the age and condition of the occupants? Secured contents (to degree not already provided by air bags) due to device likely tumbling, rolling, and ending up in any position - (Note: Current design hope for a) rotation of individual occupant pods, manually if/as necessary, and b) rotation of half the roll cage to maximize both protection during event and ease of exit during recovery phase).
Survival/Recovery Considerations/Questions: provision for air-flow, yet insulation/protection from fire, electric shock, gas, flood, other weather conditions. Including first-aid/survival kits, communications, GPS, and signal devices (automatically alerts rescue authorities, even transmit vitals of occupant(s) and relative condition of device (“stability monitors” re: susceptibility to flooding, gas, shock), etc), and other provisions necessary for survival and recovery under varying conditions; External signal lights, hitch rings & attachment points for mobility gear (slides or wheels, etc, which would be brought by the *specially equipped excavation/recovery vehicles*).
Relation/Attachment to Supporting Structure, Considerations/Questions: Max. Device Weight for Load Capacity of supporting Floor/building vs device optimum size, weight, shape, item inclusions, etc; Question of how, how much, or whether to fastening Device to building “strong points” (Load-Bearing elements); fall protection & related connections (per Questions Implied re: "Device Build Class" [DBC] & "Device Structural Location Class" [DSLC]; see Research Questions; how many devices on any one “strong point” (stress vectors & capacity for each building/design considered); Conditions effecting when/how can be located directly above each other;
Design/Install Procedures likely required for both a) moving completely assembled devices into building and then installing, as well as for b) moving device components into building for assembly as the install process performed (especially for smaller or older buildings).
New buildings & Space Capsule Design mode: Ejection Systems, including pneumatic initiation; Hovercraft capability?