Design and Retrofit Methodologies for Buildings:
Full-Building Experimental Validation for Performance and Urban Resilience

NHERI Lehigh Seminar Series
April 13, 2018 | Noon - 1pm EST


John W van de Lindt, Ph.D.
F. ASCE Professor, Colorado State University

Resilient buildings are a necessary but not necessarily sufficient condition to achieve urban resilience to earthquakes. Woodframe buildings make up the vast majority of the residential building stock in North America, which in turn makes them a critical sub-sector of the physical infrastructure within a city or community. In this presentation, the results of two major NSF-sponsored projects will be presented in the context of achieving urban resilience.

NEESWood: Development of a Performance- Based Seismic Design Philosophy for Mid-Rise Woodframe Construction, culminated with the world’s largest shake table test on a six-story woodframe condominium in Miki, Japan; and NEES-Soft: Seismic Risk Reduction for Soft-Story Woodframe Buildings consisted of two major full-scale test programs including a five-phase four-story shake table testing project at UCSD that ended in collapse testing. The need for full-scale whole building tests will be explained and some discussion of current plans for the resilient seismic design of tall wood buildings and whole-building tests at UCSD discussed.


Dr. John W. van de Lindt is the George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Over the last two decades Dr. van de Lindt’s research program has sought to improve the built environment by making structures and structural systems perform to the level expected by their occupants, government, and the public. This has been primarily through the development of performance-based engineering and test bed applications of building systems for earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and floods. His work includes both the development of new nonlinear numerical models and a large number of experimental investigations to calibrate those models and support hypotheses. He has served as the PI of a number of NSF projects utilizing a number of NEES and NHERI shared use facilities.

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