UCSD to rock five-story building during quake test


On Tuesday, April 17, a National Science Foundation-supported team of researchers will shake a five-story building outfitted with everything from an elevator to hospital equipment, computer servers, electrical wiring and pipes. The test shake will replicate the motions of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2010 San Pedro earthquake in Chile.

Hilti is the only fastening and firestopping technology company represented on the project. Participating in third-party research such as this enables Hilti to continue to develop and deliver products designed to withstand major seismic and subsequent fire events.

The testing will take place atop the

outdoor shake table

at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), part of NSF’s 14-site national

Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation


More information about the project, including upcoming fire tests, can be found at:

  1. A short documentary film about the test produced by UCSD-TV and the California Seismic Safety Commission is available at:


For more on another record-setting NSF NEES shake test, see

Standing Strong