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UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, and UTA Featured at Geotechnical Conference

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The Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics spotlights NEES network collaboration and cooperation by featuring NEES equipment sites at UCSC, UCLA, UCSB and UTA in a joint effort to interest more people in using the sites and the data from the sites. The conference, held in San Diego, CA May 24-29, includes a post-conference tour of the NEES@UCSD site, live demonstrations of the NEES@UTexas t-Rex mobile shaker, NEES@UCLA's eccentric mass shaker, and a virtual tour of NEES@UCSB's Wildlife Liquefaction Array test site.

The Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, held in San Diego, CA May 24-29, 2010 features four NEES sites. The post-conference tour will visit the NEES@UCSD site and include live demonstrations of the NEES@UTexas T-Rex mobile shaker and NEES@UCLA¹s eccentric mass shaker, and a virtual tour of NEES@UCSB¹s Wildlife Liquefaction Array test site. The conference includes participation of professionals from 40 or more countries from around the world presenting their recent research findings. The exchange of information during the conference will advance the state of the art and practice in several areas and will give definitive direction to future work. Attendees include earthquake, civil, structural and geotechnical engineers, geologists, scientists, teachers, builders, contractors and other professionals worldwide. For more information on the event please visit the conference website, http://conference.mst.edu/5geoeqconf2010/Post_Conference_Tour.html.

The post-conference tour provides a rare and exciting opportunity to view an impressive array of large-scale earthquake engineering testing equipment. Guests will visit the University of California San Diego Englekirk Center, which is home to the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) large Outdoor Shake Table, large-scale soil-foundation-structure-interaction testing equipment, and a blast simulator. In addition, there will be live demonstrations of the University of Texas NEES T-Rex mobile shaker and UCLA¹s NEES eccentric mass shaker, and a virtual tour of UCSB¹s Wildlife Liquefaction Array test site. Participants from industry will be on-site to demonstrate geophysical equipment and other equipment for seismic site characterization.

Tour guests will enjoy refreshments while observing some of the most impressive and significant large-scale earthquake engineering research equipment in the U.S.