Andreas Stavridis is being paid to create an earthquake from the roof down at a southeastern California building.
Through a National Science Foundation grant, the civil engineering assistant professor will develop new numerical simulation tools to predict performance and strength of buildings in future earthquakes.
His research results could lead to changes in building codes so that buildings could withstand more severe earthquakes with less damage.
“Predicting the strength of existing buildings and their performance in future earthquakes is crucial as it will allow us to determine which buildings are safe and which need to be retrofitted or demolished,” Dr. Stavridis says. “We will develop new models and provide guidelines so that practicing engineers can apply them on any building of the same type.”
Read more about the NSF grant for assessing earthquake damage.