We are thrilled to report on NHERI TallWood project’s record-breaking seismic test!
A global collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood Project has been developing a resilient-based seismic design methodology for multi-story mass timber buildings. (We introduced the NHERI TallWood Project in the tenth edition of our biannual publication, The Connection.)
As regional leaders in both light frame and mass timber engineering, we’re so excited about this program. And we’re honored to be a part of the collaborative research team that has brought the TallWood project to life. Homed at UC San Diego, the project utilizes the world’s largest outdoor shake table. A huge project milestone, 100 of these historic earthquake simulations were conducted this past May.
Structural Project Engineer Carson Baker, who designed the structure’s concrete foundation, and assisted TallWood project team member Aleesha Busch in her research, was on the ground in San Diego to watch it happen.
Here are his takeaways: