Digital Recreation of a Seven Story Building Shake during an Earthquake
Viz Credits: Amit Chourasia, Steve Cutchin, Mike Rossmasler
Data Credits: Jose Restrepo, Marios Panagiotou, Ruben Soto-Alcauter, Andrew Collier
Tools: C++, Maya, PDC-Utils
| UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering shook a full-size 275-ton building erected on a shake table, duplicating ground motions recorded during the January 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles, California. To record the impact on the building, the structure was fitted with about 600 sensors and filmed as the shake table simulated the earthquake, yielding a flood of data including stress, strain, and acceleration. By recreating the shake table experiment in a virtual environment based on the observed data, this lets engineers explore all the way from viewing the 'big picture'? of the entire building from a 360-degree viewpoint.
Publication - Chourasia. A. Digital Recreation of a Seven Story Building Shake during an Earthquake. ACM Crossroads, 13-3, 2007 View Article