UNR hosts earthquake engineering summit

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UNR hosts earthquake engineering summit


NEES at University of Nevada Reno's shake table laboratory accommodates large-scale structures such as this 2/5-scale model of a three-span bridge. The bridge rests on four shake tables configured to test the seismic resiliency of curved, multi-span bridges.

Researchers from across the globe gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno this week to share the latest findings on how to mitigate earthquake and tsunami destruction.

The Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation hosted the conference, which included 100 presentations. UNR Associate Professor Keri Ryan says the field has evolved rapidly in recent years.

"For many, many years, earthquake engineering was focused on what we call life-safety design. The objectives were trying to develop ways for structures to basically not collapse in earthquakes. And we have gotten to the point where we've got that under control."

Ryan says now her research can focus on advancing structural design so buildings are easier to repair or perhaps still functional after a serious earthquake.

UNR's Engineering department is currently transitioning into an expanded lab space to conduct even more research using its mega-shake tables to simulate earthquakes