Firstly, we’d like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who joined us for our seismic event in Brisbane. As a team, we are passionate about being industry advocates and contributing to a positive and productive conversation about seismic code. We came to Brisbane after hearing some of the turbulent noise in the market around seismic compliance. Having experienced this exact same situation play out in NZ, we’ve made it a priority to help QLD industry members understand that this complex situation can be made simple with the right knowledge and advice.  

 As part of our commitment to assisting industry members, we’re pleased to be offering a complimentary 45-minute consultation to those who attended our seismic information evening. However, a strong response from industry means that we only have limited places available, so if you haven’t already booked your consultation time with us, we welcome you to do so via this link. 

Here are some of the frequently asked questions from the evening: 

What timeframe does seismic require? 

In ideal conditions, we can turn around a seismic design in less than 10 days. This, however, is dependant upon our clients providing us with all the relevant information that we require. 

A few important points to consider:

  • The timeframe can be reduced significantly if we have all the information we require at the outset of the project. We can then generally schedule the design work into the next working week once the brief is accepted. This allows us to turn the job around within the first 10 days for standard-sized projects.

  • We also offer a priority service where we complete the design in 5 working days once we have all the relevant information.

  • The sooner you can let us know the project schedule, the better. If we know when you will need a design, we can reserve some space with our design team in advance. 

 What does seismic design cost?

The approximate additional cost of seismic consideration to a project as a percentage of overall project cost: 2.5% design, 10% material and installation. This is typically divided proportionately across all non-structural building elements including; ceilings, partitions, electrical, hydraulic and HVAC. 

Can BVT assist with Form 15 and 16?

BVT can provide a broad range of services throughout a project. These include but are not limited to; preliminary For Tender design, comprehensive design and Form 15, on-site seismic workshops, Construction Monitoring and Form 16.

If you have any further questions you would like to ask, please contact our Brisbane Representative, Jordan Kelly on 03) 9113 5731 or email on

Keen to read more on the topic? You might be interested in our previous blog entitled, ‘What you need to know about seismic building code regulations in QLD’ linked here.