Tuesday, January 11, 2011

UCSD Engineers Lead National Effort to Save Lives and Buildings

Several major earthquake events around the world over the last few years have led to significant damage and loss of lives. Many of these quakes caused buildings to collapse related to the construction quality of those structures. Here in the United States, engineers are working to ensure that the quality of buildings is much better than those that have collapsed due to earthquakes in recent years. For example, earthquake engineers from UC San Diego, University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University are joining efforts to make buildings such as hotels, schools, apartments and hospitals safer. To do this, the researchers are currently putting a three-story reinforced masonry structure with shear wall systems through a series of rigorous earthquakes. UC San Diego structural engineering professor Benson Shing, who is leading the project, explains the national significance of the research in the video below:

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