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Apply to participate in a NEES TIPS Participant Workshop

In a collaborative effort between the NEES TIPS project (NSF Grant No. CMMI 1113275), NEES Nonstructural (NSF Grant No. CMMI 0721399), and NIED in Japan, a 5-story steel moment frame building will be subjected to extreme earthquake loading at E-Defense, the world’s largest three-dimensional shaking table in Miki City. The seismic performance of the building will be assessed in three configurations: 1) with EPS triple pendulum isolators designed to provide damage free performance in an MCE, 2) with DIS lead rubber bearings designed for the performance objectives of a nuclear power plant in beyond design basis shaking, and 3) conventional base configuration. Nonstructural components including interior walls, ceilings, piping system, and concrete cladding panels will be installed at the building’s 4th and 5th floors. The tests will take place during a 3 week time frame in August 2011, with 6 days of shaking anticipated.

The NEES TIPS project is pleased to host a Participant Workshop in conjunction with the NEE TIPS/E-Defense Full Scale Seismic Isolation Test Program. Workshop participants will have the unique experience of viewing the full scale tests of a seismic-isolated building in person at E-Defense, and participate in a variety of educational activities. It is expected that workshop participants will use the knowledge gained to advance seismic isolation practice in the U.S.

The participant workshop will take place in August 2011 in Kobe, Japan and at E-Defense. Organized activities will span three consecutive days, and selected participants are expected to attend the entire workshop. Participants may have the option to attend an additional day of tests. The workshop dates have not been set yet, but will take place either the week of August 15-19 or August 22-26. Workshop dates will be fixed by early July.

All members of the U.S. earthquake engineering community are invited to apply for travel assistance to attend the workshop, including researchers, practicing engineers, and students.

The application deadline is June 20, and attendees will be selected by early July.

More details about the workshop, including application information, is posted at the following website: