Press Clips from 2017

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

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