When most of us think about technology, we think about devices created with tiny, super-fast semiconductors and manufactured by outfits such as Apple and Lenovo. We don’t often think of products 5 feet in diameter or manufacturing techniques that require the application of 2,000 tons of force. And we might not think about Dynamic Isolation Systems as a technology company at all.
While earthquakes of incomprehensible magnitudes — 7s, 8s, and above on the Richter scale — happen only periodically in history, they occur with relative frequency on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. Or, at least, simulations of such earthquakes occur. They’re happening in the Nevada Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, which houses the largest shake table array in the United States.
Three 14- by 14-foot, 27-ton table platens were lifted and placed onto their base mats in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory as the installation of equipment in the expanded facility nears completion. Lifting these tables into place with 30-ton cranes is the last major step in a 6-month-long equipment-installation project that […]