The MD Anderson Cancer Center Prevention Building resides next to the Houston Main Building.

HMB Implosion Vibration Consulting

Safeguarding MD Anderson’s infrastructure

Project Facts

Location Houston, Texas
Owner MD Anderson Cancer Center


Two buildings within the MD Anderson Cancer Center complex neighbored the Houston Main Building, which had been slated for demolition. Conducting vibration analysis was imperative to safeguard their delicate equipment from potential adverse effects.

About the project

To ensure that expensive and sensitive equipment in the MD Anderson Cancer Center Ambulatory Care Building and Cancer Prevention Building were not affected, our team evaluated vibration levels in the buildings during the scheduled implosion of the adjacent 18-story Houston Main Building (HMB).

High-sensitivity accelerometers and geophones established baseline readings during normal operations before implosion. We then measured vibration levels during the implosion and subsequent debris removal. Results revealed levels only marginally exceeded the operating limits for select computer equipment for a fraction of a second. All measured data fell below the thresholds for structural damage, as reported by the Office for Surface Mining and Reclamation.