Media: Advisory May 9 Seismic Test of NHERI Tallwood at UC San Diego

May 5, 2023, San Diego, California



Tuesday, May 9, 10 a.m. Pacific Time


Englekirk Structural Engineering Center/NHERI shake table
10201 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131

View the test from the Englekirk Center live stream on YouTube.

The live stream also will be broadcast via LinkedIn and Facebook.


Researchers will shake a 10-story mass timber building — the tallest full-scale building to be tested on an earthquake simulator. The structure will undergo two tests: the 6.7M 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 7.7M 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake.

The UC San Diego earthquake simulator is one of the two largest shake tables in the world. It has recently been upgraded to move in 3D — 6 degrees of freedom (east/west, north/south, up and down, and roll pitch and yaw).

Media contacts:

Ioana Patringenaru, UC San Diego (619) 253-4474

Emilie Rusch, Colorado School of Mines (720) 432-5203

NOTES: For safety reasons, all media crews will need to be 100 feet from the building during the test. If you plan to place cameras closer to the building, they will need to run on their own for 30 minutes–1 hour. DRONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED–we will provide drone footage of the test.


  • Shiling Pei, Associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines and lead researcher on the mass timber 10-story building, aka Tallwood project.
  • Joel Conte, professor in the UC San Diego Department of Structural Engineering and PI for the NHERI@UC San Diego shake table experimental facility (recent upgrade as well as operation and maintenance).
  • Lelli Van Den Einde, professor in the UC San Diego Department of Structural Engineering and Co-PI in charge of outreach for the NHERI@UC San Diego shake table experimental facility.
  • Jeffrey Berman, professor at the University of Washington, Tallwood researcher. 
  • Keri Ryan, professor at the University of Nevada at Reno, researcher focused on the facades, stairs and other non-structural components in the building. 
  • John van de Lindt, professor at Colorado State University, Tallwood researcher

More information:

Press release about the project:

Project website:

UC San Diego NHERI shake table website: