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October 19, 2018

Los Angeles Times

UC San Diego's huge earthquake simulator getting upgrade to better simulate deadly temblors

UC San Diego's earthquake simulator at Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a better sense of the fury released when quakes erupt in places around the globe from the San Fernando Valley to the mountains of Afghanistan. The National Science Foundation recently gave the university $16.3 million to upgrade the so-called shake table so it can more accurately simulate quakes, officials said. The outdoor table is the largest of its kind and has conducted experiments that have led to tougher building and design codes for bridges and housing. Full Story


October 19, 2018

Gulf Times

Huge quake simulator to get an upgrade soon

The University of California (UC), San Diego's outdoor shake table in Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a truer sense of the fury released when big earthquakes erupt in places around the world. The National Science Foundation gave the school $16.3 million to upgrade the centre so it can more accurately simulate quakes, a complex phenomenon that in some years kills hundred of thousands of people worldwide. The table is the largest of its kind and it has conducted experiments that have led to tougher building and design codes for bridges and housing projects. Full Story


October 19, 2018

KPBS

UC San Diego Earthquake Simulator Getting Upgrade

The nation's largest outdoor earthquake simulator, located in San Diego, is getting a $16.3 million makeover. The University of California San Diego's shake table has helped researchers design buildings and other structures that are more capable of surviving earthquakes. Scientists have built buildings as tall as six stories on the outdoor platform and added simulations that replicated the force of some of history's most damaging temblors, like the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The upgrade is being paid for by the National Science Foundation. Full Story


October 19, 2018

abc 10news

Earthquake simulator at UC San Diego to get major upgrades

The "shake table" at UC San Diego will soon be able to move just like a real earthquake, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Researchers at UC San Diego received $16.3 million for upgrades to the machine. "This would become one of the very best centers for earthquake engineering worldwide," says Professor Joel Conte, who teaches in the school's Department of Structural Engineering. Researchers say, right now, the shake table only moves back and forth, rocking large structures placed on top of it. Full Story


October 19, 2018

Bakersfield.com

Huge earthquake simulator to get an upgrade

The University of California, San Diego's outdoor shake table in Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a truer sense of the fury released when big earthquakes erupt in places around the world, The National Science Foundation gave the school $16.3 million to upgrade the center so it can more accurately simulate quakes, a complex phenomenon that in some years kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The table is the largest of its kind and has conducted experiments that have led to tougher building and design codes for bridges and housing. Full Story


November 21, 2017

Cross-laminated timber could lead a mid-rise revolution

Engineers specializing in cross-laminated timber (CLT) see its future less in boutique prototype towers, requiring case-by-case demonstrations for approval, than in a meat-and-potatoes mid-rise market.Supported by the NSF?s Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure Tall Wood program, a two-story prototype for testing was built on the world?s largest shake table at the University of California San Diego. Full Story


September 28, 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


September 28, 2017

Discover

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 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


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


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