About the Client

The University of Alaska, Anchorage proudly cut the ribbon on their new engineering and industrial building, marking the opening of a state-of-the-art teaching facility housing numerous engineering laboratories including the building itself as a living example of engineering on display.

Project Objective

We brought together the architect’s vision, the structural engineers’ imaginative problem solving, the universities’ pride in ownership, and the inevitable budget sensitive circumstances to achieve a truly unique and beneficial structural monitoring system on Kinemetrics’ OASIS platform. This implementation of a real-world living engineering laboratory will lead to valuable research and benefit the education of all future engineering students as they enter an industry becoming more and more dependent on monitoring data.

Project Achievement

Enabled real-time visualization of building responses to seismic, wind, snow, pedestrian, and thermal loadings by integrating multiple data modalities (acceleration, wind speed & direction and dynamic strain) into OASIS platform.

Customized data sharing procedures for students (teaching) and faculty (research)

Captured many earthquakes including the M7.1 2018-11-30 Anchorage earthquake, which was used to confirm building status in face of concerned occupants.

Project Insights

2018-11-30 M7.1 Anchorage Earthquake

Ground and building response captured by system and SAFE Report issued.

Project Expansion

Successful project implementation and continued operation has led to expansion – installation of borehole array completion in 2020 expected.

On Display

Entrance lobby continuously displays real-time features and is a hit on campus tours.

16WCEE Published

Project was presented at 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, Chile. Engineering on Display.


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