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September 28, 2017

The San Diego Union Tribune

Mexico City's structural Engineering faces earthquake

Video: Benson Shing, chair of structural engineering at UC San Diego, talks about the engineering struggles Mexico City faces in wake of Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Full Story

September 26, 2017


Bracing for Mother Nature's Wrath

The power of hurricanes Irma and Harvey as well as the 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico demonstrate the critical need for well-planned readiness, response and recovery efforts. To mark National Preparedness Month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) gathered the following images, which are just a few of the many research efforts underway to learn more about natural hazards. These projects generate new tools to help lessen the effects of these unpredictable events. Full Story

September 19, 2017

The San Diego Union Tribune

Father of UC San Diego engineer survives Mexican earthquake

Francisco Contijoch, a newly-hired engineering professor at UC San Diego, learned Tuesday that his father was at work in Mexico when the country was shaken by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The quake has killed at least 139 people. But Contijoch's dad is safe. He explained what happened during a video interview with the Union-Tribune Full Story

July 24, 2017

SD Metro

Daily Business Report-July 24, 2017

The historic Balboa Park carousel is being sold to the Friends of Balboa Park by long-time owner Balboa Park Carousel Inc. headed by La Mesa civil engineer Bill Steen. Located on the southwest corner of Zoo Place and Park Boulevard, the antique wood menagerie carousel, built in 1910 by the Herschell-Spillman Company of Tonawanda, N.Y., has stood in various locations within Balboa Park since 1922. Full Story

July 20, 2017

Scripps Ranch News

UCSD holds quake test at local facility

No one felt any shaking, but a small earthquake was orchestrated in Scripps Ranch Friday morning as an experiment by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering. The event was carried out in a nearly hidden location at 10201 Pomerado Road near Camp Elliott, off the eastern end of Pomerado Road. The off-campus facility is the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center and the equipment used to simulate an earthquake is called a shake table. A two-story wooden structure was built and went through a series of earthquake simulations this week. Full Story

July 17, 2017 Portland

Tests show timber buildings do well in quakes

Video: Tests show timber buildings do well in quakes Full Story

July 14, 2017

Engineers test new building material on world's largest quake simulator

If the "Big One" hits, how safe are our homes and buildings? A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego is conducting a series of tests with the world?s largest earthquake simulator to try and answer that very question. Engineers from all over the country came together in San Diego and built a two-story, real world structure frame using cross-laminated timber. The structures also have what is called a rocking wall system, which is designed to recenter the a building after an earthquake. Full Story

July 14, 2017

Researchers studying whether wood can stand up to Mother Nature's worst earthquakes

Researchers put a two-story building through one of the worst earthquakes ever Friday to see if the unique wooden design could become the future standard for construction in earthquake zones. They said California building standards are doing a good job of protecting people during earthquakes but buildings still sustain damage. They're working on protecting the actual buildings during earthquakes. "Not only protecting people's lives but also making sure that when you buy or you're going to buy you're not getting damage in the earthquakes. Full Story

July 13, 2017

Daily Mail UK

Researchers to simulate 1994 LA quake that killed 60 on giant 'shake table' to test design for quakeproof wooden building

Engineers are set to recreate the tremors of powerful earthquakes to test the durability of a two-story wooden structure, in hopes to one day create buildings as tall as 20 stories that can withstand a major seismic event. The tests will use the UC San Diego's massive shake table, which can simulate the forces of devastating quakes such as the 6.7 Northridge event, which tore through the LA area in 1994, killing 60 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.Using the data from the simulations, researchers will later return to the facility to construct a 10-story timber building Full Story

July 13, 2017

The San Diego Union Tribune

Engineers to simulate 6.7 earthquake at UC San Diego

Engineers will use UC San Diego's shake table to subject a two-story structure to the forces produced by the 6.7 Northridge earthquake to look for ways to design tall wood buildings that can survive big temblors. The simulation will occur on Friday at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in Scripps Ranch, which has been used before to simulate Northridge, a quake that killed 60 people and damaged 40,000 buildings in January 1994. Full Story

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