CSN - Community Seismic Network

Building Response Visualization Products

Several buildings have been instrumented with the long-term goal of being able to show building response in real time:

List of instrumented buildings.

The visualization of building response to earthquake shaking is accomplished through construction of geometric models of the buildings. We developed software packages and functions that produce 3D and 4D visualizations of building response during an earthquake using acceleration data recorded in buildings instrumented with multiple community-hosted accelerometers. The entire process for generating the visualizations is contained within two software packages, SketchUp and MATLAB which can be modified for any building and earthquake. The scripts available here can be customized for nearly any other structure.

Events contains static plots and animations for different buildings using data from four 2014 earthquakes.

SketchUp and MATLAB models of buildings has downloadable *.skp files and *.jpg images created for this project.

MATLAB files has downloadable MATLAB functions files to plot building response for this project.

Visualization method describes how the images were generated.

If you use any of the products available here, include the following statement and references in your work and presentations to provide credit:

"Building visualization products were obtained from the Community Seismic Network project at the California Institute of Technology.
- Kohler, M. D., T. H. Heaton, M. H. Cheng, and P. Singh, Structural health monitoring through dense instrumentation by community participants: the Community Seismic Network, for the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (NC10EE), Anchorage, Alaska, July 21-25, 2014. (pdf)
- Clayton, R., T. Heaton, M. Chandy, A. Krause, M. Kohler, J. Bunn, R. Guy, M. Olson, M. Faulkner, M-H. Cheng, L. Strand, R. Chandy, D. Obenshain, A. Liu, and M. Aivazis, Community Seismic Network, Annals of Geophysics, 54, 6, 2011; doi: 10.4401/ag-5269, 2011. (pdf)"