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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

July 12, 2017 New Channel 21

Test to see how special wood structures fare in quakes

Engineering researchers are putting an innovative two-story structure made of cross-laminated timber panels through a series of seismic tests to determine how it would perform in an earthquake. The tests are being conducted at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure at University of California San Diego (NEHRI@UCSD) site, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). They will produce data that can be used in the design of a new generation of wood-frame high-rises, such as a four-story parking structure designed for Springfield, Oregon, and Full Story

July 14, 2016

Science Magazine

These disaster machine could help humanity prepare for cataclysms

For the past year, Tara Hutchinson has been trying to figure out what will happen to a tall building made from thin steel beams when "the big one" hits. To do that, she has erected a six-story tower that rises like a lime-green finger from atop a shrub-covered hill on the outskirts of San Diego, California. Hundreds of strain gauges and accelerometers fill the building, so sensitive they can detect wind gusts pressing against the walls. Now, Hutchinson just needs an earthquake. Full Story

July 9, 2016


ICYMI: Pedestrian tracking bot and earthquake simulation

Today on In Case You Missed It: Stanford engineers are using a robot to understand the way humans move through a crowded space. University of California, San Diego researchers are using the world's largest outdoor shake table to simulate earthquakes and fire to a six story building. If you can get into topics unrelated to Dallas and police shootings this weekend, German churches are using wifi to try to lure new attendees. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd. Full Story

June 16, 2016

Daily Mail UK

Could this building protect you from the 'Big One'? Six-story steel frame stays perfectly intact after 6.7 magnitude earthquake tests

Researchers at UC San Diego rocked and rattled a six-story steel frame building on a giant shake table to see how the structure would withstand major earthquakes. The shaking simulated an earthquake of the 6.7 magnitude that occurred in 1994 in Los Angeles, causing significant damage. During the test, the building shuddered and let out a hollow, grinding sound but remained standing. The water heaters and at least some of the flat-screen TVs seemed to remain in place, though researchers still need to review drone footage to see exactly how the building fared inside and out. Full Story

June 15, 2016

NBC San Diego

UCSD Researchers Use Drones to Test Building During Earthquake

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake jolted San Diego last week serving as a reminder of the dangers earthquakes present. On Wednesday, researchers from UC San Diego (UCSD) tested the use of drones to help better prepare San Diego during an earthquake. UCSD researchers flew two drones in and around a building at the shake table in Scripps Ranch. The building was six-story structure, similar to a residential apartment complex complete with utilities inside. Along with other cameras, the drones essentially gave the building an X-ray or MRI while it was jolted with magnitude 6.7 quake. Full Story

June 15, 2016


How to watch a major earthquake test shake a six-story building

Just days after a moderate 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled the desert inland from Los Angeles and San Diego, the engineering department at UC San Diego plans to conduct what it calls the largest simulated earthquake test Wednesday afternoon. A six-story building has been constructed on an outdoor shake table at UCSD with support from federal and state government agencies as well as a number of building industry sponsors. The main sponsor is SWS Panel and Truss, builders of the engineered Mid-Rise Cold-Formed Steel Building Wall Systems used to create the test building. Full Story

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