Ground-improvement methods might protect against earthquakes March 18, 2014 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.
Study identifies quake-prone concrete buildings in Los Angeles area February 2, 2014 Researchers in the National Science Foundation's George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) 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.
Simulations aiding study of earthquake dampers for structures July 30, 2013 Researchers have demonstrated the reliability and efficiency of 'real-time hybrid simulation' for testing a type of powerful damping system that might be installed in buildings and bridges to reduce structural damage and injuries during earthquakes.
The NEES@University of Nevada, Reno equipment site is funded in part by the Geoge E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Award Number CMMI-0927178.