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Sept. 2, 2014
California quake points to research advancements in retrofitting older buildings

Earthquake retrofit expert John van de Lindt, from Colorado State University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 6.0 earthquake that rocked Napa, California, on Aug. 24 is placing the spotlight on efforts by property owners and municipalities to retrofit older buildings and improve their ability to withstand earthquakes.
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August 28, 2014
Study shows local seismic isolation and damping methods provide optimal protection for essential computing equipment in seismic tests

Marin-Artieda with elastomeric bearing + hinge.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – In experiments aimed at securing essential electronic equipment, a team of researchers led by earthquake engineer Claudia Marin-Artieda is seeking solutions for protecting computer servers, backup power units, and other high-tech equipment by employing locally installed passive seismic protective systems, such as base isolation and damping.
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July 30, 2014
Foremost Purdue earthquake engineer urges Congress to fund research for securing seismically vulnerable aging infrastructure

Ramirez testifies in support of NEHRP funding, July 2014.

WASHINGTON, DC - Purdue University earthquake engineer Julio Ramirez testified before Congress on Tuesday (July 29) as it debates reauthorizing legislation to reinstate federal research funding devoted to mitigating earthquake damage to the nation's infrastructure.
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July 25, 2014
Cold-formed steel construction performs better than expected in seismic tests

Great Alaska Earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Engineering researchers have provided the building blocks necessary for enabling performance-based design for cold-formed steel buildings, structures that have shown in shake-test experiments at the State University of New York at Buffalo to withstand seismic loading much better than previously expected.
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July 16, 2014
Talk focuses on ways to rebuild in quake-prone New Zealand region

Great Alaska Earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - University of Texas researchers studying methods to increase the resilience of structures built on earthquake-prone soils in New Zealand will discuss their methods during a national earthquake engineering conference this week.
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July 15, 2014
Earthquake engineering conference to highlight remotely installed pipe liners for earthquake-resistant pipelines

Great Alaska Earthquake

BUFFALO, New York - Earthquake-engineering researchers are meeting this month to discuss techniques for improving the nation’s seismic safety, including the security of critical underground lifelines such as water and wastewater pipelines.
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July 11, 2014
Purdue-led NEES joins earthquake engineers, industry leaders for conference, marking 50th anniversary of historic Alaska quake

Great Alaska Earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Engineers, scientists, industry leaders, public policy experts, emergency responders, government agency officials and others will spend five days here in July to highlight advancements in earthquake damage mitigation and mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Alaskan quake that took 131 lives and caused $300 million in damage.
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July 9, 2014
Purdue-led conference talks focus on quake-vulnerable wood-frame buildings

NEES-Soft soft story research

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Earthquake engineering researchers are meeting this month with policy experts to discuss efforts to improve the seismic safety of low-rise, wood-frame buildings - those no taller than four stories - which may have a "soft story" condition making them vulnerable to collapse even during a moderate earthquake.
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July 1, 2014
New bridge design improves earthquake resistance, reduces damage and speeds construction

Earthquake resistant bridge bent design

SEATTLE, Wash. — Researchers have developed a new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges, called "bents," to improve performance for better resistance to earthquakes, less damage and faster on-site construction. 
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Apr. 25, 2014
New York high school student partners with Iowa State University researchers in NSF-NEES project, wins awards

AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor and graduate student developed a research partnership with a student from a top American high school. Read Full Article...

Apr. 22, 2014
NEES-led research projects to be featured at NSF's USA Science Engineering Festival

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two interactive exhibits highlighting research activities through the Purdue University-led George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) will be featured this weekend at the USA Science Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Read Full Article...

Mar. 21, 2014
Ground-improvement methods might protect against earthquakes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering are developing ground-improvement methods to help increase the resilience of homes and low-rise structures built on top of soils prone to liquefaction during strong earthquakes. Read Full Article...

Mar. 13, 2014
Discover Engineering Family Day 2014

Once again, NEES educators and student ambassadors participated in Discover Engineering Family Day, which took place in Washington DC on Saturday, February 22. Nearly 10,000 visitors were able to participate in hands-on engineering-themed activities. Read Full Article...

Feb. 3, 2014
NEES-led data integration project aimed at exposing U.S. quake data to researchers in Europe, elsewhere globally

Researchers and software developers at the Purdue-led George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) are building a data integration system that will allow seamless sharing of experimental data with earthquake engineers globally. Read Full Article...

Jan. 15, 2014
Study identifies quake-prone concrete buildings in Los Angeles area

Researchers in the National Science Foundation's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation have identified concrete buildings constructed before roughly 1980 in the Los Angeles area. This category of buildings, sometimes referred to as nonductile concrete buildings, is known from experience in previous earthquakes to have the potential for catastrophic collapse during strong earthquakes. Read Full Article...

Dec. 10, 2013
New database system could aid research in science, engineering

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a system that makes it easier to collect, share, explore and re-use data related to the impacts of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. Called DataStore, the system automatically turns spreadsheets into searchable databases accessible to researchers around the world. Read Full Article...

Nov. 14, 2013
NEES@UC San Diego shake table wins Best of What's New award from Popular Science

The biggest outdoor shake table in the world has received a Best of What's New award from Popular Science, the world's largest science and technology magazine. The project is featured in the magazine's December issue, now on newsstands. Read Full Article...

Oct. 9, 2013
Hybrid Simulation of Multi-Story Structural Systems Through Collapse tested at nees@berkeley

In recent tests at the nees@berkeley lab, Stanford Associate Professor Eduardo Miranda and student Carlos Gordo Monson evaluated the performance of their new "Enhanced Gravity Connections" for use in steel buildings during a series of half scale beam column test that utilized hybrid simulation to predict collapse. Read Full Article...

Oct. 2, 2013
Toward Rapid Return to Occupancy in Unbraced Steel Frames

Recently at the nees@berkeley lab, engineers subjected a full-scale, two-story steel frame to earthquake forces to test a new Linked Column Frame (LCF) system. The LCF system incorporates steel link elements designed to absorb the brunt of an earthquake's energy so that damage is minimized for the rest of the building. Read Full Article...

Sept. 10, 2013
First steps on the road to smart, self-sensing pipelines

After an earthquake, infrastructure damage can be difficult to detect. In particular, cracks and breaks in underground water pipelines often can’t be identified without excavating the pipes and physically inspecting them. Read Full Article...

June 17, 2013
UCLA Research Engineers Test California Levees’ Earthquake Resiliency

In California, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta supplies fresh water to 25 million people in southern and central California and irrigates the mighty breadbasket of the San Joaquin Valley. In an area of about 1,000 square miles, the Delta’s 1,100 miles of levees protect the region from inundation and serve as a protective lifeline for California agriculture and nearly two-thirds of California’s population. Read Full Article...

June 17, 2013
Novel Hybrid Simulation Improves Seismic Testing for Full-Scale Structures, Broadens Experimental Options for Engineering Research

Even in our technologically advanced times, events such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012 can leave a heavily populated metropolitan area like the American Northeast without power for over a week. After such a disaster, having uninterrupted power is critical for relief, repair, and recovery efforts. Read Full Article...

June 15, 2013
Shaking up ceiling systems will lead to safer structures, more resilient cities

If you’re in an office right now, take a look above your head. You’ll see ceiling grids, tiles, lights, and sprinklers – multiple nonstructural components. They may look stable, but an earthquake easily could shake and destroy these fixtures. Even low-intensity earthquakes, those that leave a building’s structure intact, can still wreak havoc on these delicate fittings.
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June 15, 2013
NEES earthquake engineers monitoring structural soundness of the historic Watts Towers

In Los Angeles, civil engineers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are helping to preserve the iconic Watts Towers monument. Experts in structural monitoring, the engineers are working with conservators from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), who want to repair and prevent persistent cracks in the structures. Read Full Article...


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