There’s only so much an earthquake simulator running on a computer can tell you, and that’s why Simpson Strong-Tie partnered with industry researchers on three NEES (Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation) projects. The most elaborate of projects took many months to complete in Japan and turned into the world’s largest earthquake test. Called the NEES-Wood Capstone project, this full-scale, seven-story wood-framed building and was built with Performance-Based Design. Read more for a video and additional information.
Simpson Strong-Tie also participated in NEES-Soft a few years back by constructing a seismic retrofit test of a four-story building in San Diego. In addition to that project, the company also donated product and provided technical expertise for the CFS-NEES project, a series of earthquake tests for cold-formed steel-framed buildings.
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