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RJC joins largest-ever earthquake simulator for mass timber buildings

RJC joins largest-ever earthquake simulator for mass timber buildings

VANCOUVER — Down in San Diego, Calif., the tallest-ever building to undergo seismic testing is getting all shook up.

RJC Engineers recently announced its participation in the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure TallWood project. The research project is being funded by the National Science Foundation.

The project is testing mass timber buildings’ earthquake resilience on a 10-storey building, the tallest ever tested on a shake table, according to a news release.

The building is fitted with three-storeys of systems which will assess how the structure interacts with the seismic tests to develop and verify seismic design methodology.

The building will be subject to magnitude four to eight earthquakes with RJC focusing on the integrity of windows, considered a critical component of energy efficiency and building safety.

“The opportunity to observe testing of a potential future mass timber archetype and examine its influence on energy performance is a vital step forward in reducing the world’s carbon emissions,” said Dennis Gam, principal with RJC Engineers, in the release.

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