PEER Events

Shake Table 50th Anniversary

Since its 1972 inauguration, the Shaking Table, located at the Richmond Field Station of UC Berkeley and managed by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, has been very active and continues to introduce and employ innovative technology, and carry out cutting edge research related to the seismic behavior of structures and equipment.

50th Anniversary of UC Berkeley Shaking Table

July 20, 2022

PEER celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the UC Berkeley shaking table on June 24, 2022, at the Earthquake Simulator Laboratory facility at Richmond Field Station. Over 80 researchers, practitioners, former and current students attended the event to commemorate the impact of the table on the field of earthquake engineering.

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2021 PEER Researchers' Workshop

This workshop features presentations from all active PEER-funded projects from TSRP and PEER-Bridge Programs. The goal of the workshop is to disseminate information about research that is currently ongoing in the Center and to develop interaction between projects across disciplines. With a lot of time allocated for discussion, this workshop provides opportunities for active interaction among researchers, BIP members, sponsors and participants. This workshop is open to the PEER community.

2021 PEER International Pacific Rim Forum: June 16-17

This latest in a series of PEER Pacific Rim Forums will bring together multidisciplinary experts from structural and geotechnical engineering and the earth sciences to share recent research results as well as state-of-practice advancements and applications of regional-scale fault-to-structure simulations. Special attention will also be focused on the identification of key knowledge and capability gaps providing barriers to realizing the full potential of regional-scale simulations.

2021 DOE PEER Workshop

This workshop will bring together a group of international experts from the research and practitioner communities in the U.S. and Japan, to discuss state-of-the-art experimental techniques and emerging instrumentation technologies for large-scale SSI experiments that can produce unique experimental data to advance knowledge in natural hazards. The generated experimental data followed by research and development activities will ultimately result in updates to the technical standards and design guides, and build confidence in advanced nonlinear simulation techniques.

2021 Thick Foundation Element Blind Prediction Contest

We designed this blind prediction contest for relatively easy participation. We only ask that you predict the failure mode and strength of each of the two spans of the deep beam. You may use a strength calculation method involving any degree of sophistication that you choose, although the relatively short time available for this contest will favor design-oriented methods.

2021 Reinforced Concrete Column Blind Prediction Contest

We invite you to participate in the prediction of the response of a reinforced concrete column subjected to lateral deformation. This invitation is based on an experimental test of a concrete column conducted in 2020, the results of which have not yet been published. The test column is representative of gravity columns common in concrete buildings designed prior to the 1990s. Tipping Structural Engineers(link is external) and Maffei Structural Engineering(link is external) designed the test column. The column was built and tested by Simpson Strong-Tie(link is external) at the Tyrell Gilb...