NEES@Nevada offers researchers a variety of options for viewing and recording tests in our Large Scale Structures Lab.
FlexTPS, or Telepresence, is a software system designed to enable the remote viewing and robotic control of video via a web browser. You can access and login to FlexTPS@University of Nevada, Reno from any location.
Webcasting is available for both seminars and experimental tests. Webcasts of tests can include background sounds of the test and experimenter comment, via microphone. Our webcast hardware includes:
The lab has a digital video recording system with the following components:
The four Sony cameras connect via a fiber cable to the optical multiplex units. Outputs from these units provide video to the four DVRs and the Axis encoder, which feeds flexTPS. The GPS SMPTE time code generator provides time code to the DVRs and the DAS for coordinated display of data and video. The Sony remote control unit is used to control the pan, tilt and zoom of the cameras.
In time-lapse photography a series of images, taken at regular intervals, is used to create a video showing motion faster than real time. This allows for the creation of video of long term projects, such as the construction phase of a large project.
The system components are:
GBTimelapse software allows for automation of the time-lapse acquisition process, allowing configuration of daily start and stop times and sleep days, to reduce the volume of unneeded picture data.
The cameras are presently placed in the Northeast and Southeast corners of the lab to allow for full coverage of the lab and to provide redundant coverage for the main part of the lab, including the shake tables.
The lab also has the following equipment available:
We also have four professional, two high-quality and several other assorted tripods for mounting camera and camcorders. We also have several clamp mounts for mounting lighter cameras to wall beams and other locations.`
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.