Jan 21, 2020

Webinar: Opportunities for Seismic Shake Table Testing of Fenestration Products

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern

During this webinar, you will learn about the research effort between FGIA and academic research partners to investigate the seismic performance of various building skin systems with glazing. Systems of interest include curtain wall, storefront, and window wall systems. While systematic shake table testing has led to many advancements in structural design, and more recently, nonstructural components, there has not, to our knowledge, been any tests incorporating glazed skin systems.

A first test is planned on a 10-story timber building specimen with walls and floor diaphragms constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. The test will be conducted using UCSD’s large scale outdoor shake table, and construction will commence in spring of 2021. The researchers are seeking donations of materials and products, as well as in-kind engineering, installation, testing and other services. This webinar is aimed at members interested in participating and contributing to this research effort.

Specifically, this webinar will include the following:

  • A short review of the researchers’ perspective of the state of knowledge of the seismic response of skin systems with glazing, and establishing the motivation for testing 
  • Introduction of the UCSD shake table facility, along with a review of sample projects incorporating other types of building skin systems to illustrate what can be learned from such a test
  • The vision for an emerging class of tall timber buildings and their exterior skins systems
  • Details of the upcoming timber building test, including opportunities for industry participation, timeline, logistics and coordination
  • Q&A/discussion

Dr. Keri Ryan received her PhD from University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and has 15 years post-graduate experience conducting computational and experimental research related to earthquake engineering and seismic risk reduction. She has led a large scale shake table testing of a base-isolated building in Japan, and coordinated the design and installation of a fully integrated system of partition walls, suspended ceilings, and sprinkler piping on two floors of the building. She has been studying the glazing industry since 2016 and campaigning for the realistic seismic testing of several types of lightweight glazed facades. She is a member of the NHERI TallWood project team, which is an NSF funded six-university collaborative research project to introduce resilient tall cross laminated timber (CLT) buildings to the U.S. The project will culminate in the testing of a 10-story full-scale wood building at NHERI@UCSD shake table.


Professor Tara Hutchinson received her PhD in Civil Engineering from UC Davis in 2001. She is an earthquake engineering theoretician and experimentalist who has published significant papers in leading structural, civil, and earthquake engineering journals. In addition, she has creatively applied information technology to the evaluation of earthquake damage to structures, and her findings have been reported in publications that focus on computing, computer applications, instrumentation and measurement. She has extensive experience with shake table testing at UCSD facility, and has led other large scale experiments focused on nonstructural components that have led to substantive changes to design practice.


Dr. Shiling Pei received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in December 2007 and joined the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Fall 2013. His research focused on traditional and innovative timber systems, multi-hazard mitigation through performance based engineering, numerical modeling of structural dynamic behavior, and large-scale dynamic testing. He is leading the NHERI Tall Wood project. He also serves as Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering in the field of wood engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in the State of California.


Jonathan Heppner, Director of Projects at Lever Architecture in Portland, OR holds a BArch from the University of Oregon. Jonathan has over 18 years of design and management experience working with significant civic and creative organizations. As a native Oregonian, his interest in timber detailing and construction led to his management role on Framework, the first mass timber high-rise project in the US to receive permitted approval.