this may be worth watching:
"Date: April 27, 2000
To: CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Project Newsletter Subscribers
Subject: 10:00am Friday, April 28 - Live Shake Test of a Two-Story House at
You are invited to join a live webcast of an earthquake test at the
University of California, San Diego. The test is part of the $6.8 million
CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Project. A dozen different universities are
conducting testing and analysis in the Project. UCSD Structural Engineers
are performing earthquake tests on a two-story, 640 square-foot full-scale
woodframe house. These tests are directed by Professor Andre' Filiatrault.
The test is scheduled to occur at 10:00am Friday, April 28, 2000.
Preliminary activities will be webcast beginning at 10:00am. The webcast
may be viewed by accessing the CUREe website at http://www.curee.org
To view the webcast, you will need RealPlayer which can be downloaded at
Beginning Monday, May 1, a more complete edited presentation of the testing
will be available on the CUREe Website.
The house has been built on top of a shake table, and researchers plan to
shake the house with ground motions that were recorded during the 1994
Northridge Earthquake near Los Angeles. Information from 300 sensors on the
building will be used to create computer models to aid in evaluating new
and design methods.
The project, funded mainly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) through a grant administered by the California Office of Emergency
Services (OES), is aimed at developing reliable and economical ways to
improve woodframe building performance in earthquakes. The project was
proposed after the Northridge event when more than $20 billion in property
damage occurred to woodframe homes. Twenty-five people died because of
building damage in that earthquake, and all but one of the fatalities
occurred in this kind of construction."
San Jose, CA