In large cities where economic and administrative institutions are centered, the high-rise buildings that house these essential functions have become taller and taller. While the physical structures of these buildings may withstand an earthquake or other natural disaster, the work that takes place within may be disrupted for an extended period of time, paralyzing the social functions they provide. Such disruptions can have significant ramifications that extend throughout the nation and the world. The Consortium for Socio-Functional Continuity Technology (SOFTech) was launched in the fall of 2017 to develop technology to ensure continuity of essential functions performed in high-rise buildings and other urban structures following a major natural disaster.
This program is supported by the Program on Open Innovation Platform with Enterprises, Research Institute and Academia (OPERA), JST.