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Speaking of which, Caltech is looking for existing wood frame buildings of
various sizes, heights and ages to run tests on.  They want to place a
shaker on top of the building and measure the responses, period, etc.  They
would like it to be a building scheduled for demolition so that they don't
have to worry about damaging it.  Please keep your eyes and ears out for any
building candidates located in southern Caifornia.

There will (hopefully) be a more formalized request on this forum in the
future from someone at Caltech.  In the mean time if you have any leads you
can email me and I will forward them.

Mike O'Brien

----- Original Message -----
From: Devlin, Dan <ddevlin(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2000 9:04 AM
Subject: live shake table test of a two-story wood house

> this may be worth watching:
> "Date: April 27, 2000
> To: CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Project Newsletter Subscribers
> From: CUREe
> Subject: 10:00am Friday, April 28 - Live Shake Test of a Two-Story House
> 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
> To view the webcast, you will need RealPlayer which can be downloaded at
> Beginning Monday, May 1, a more complete edited presentation of the
> 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
> building will be used to create computer models to aid in evaluating new
> building technologies
> 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."
>  Dan Devlin
>  San Jose, CA