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Dealing with Floor Vibration in a Modern Structural Consulting Firm—Lessons from the Field

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Open office space layouts and the desire for maximum leasable space with minimal intrusion by columns tend to produce structures with a greater tendency to exhibit in-service vibration problems, usually from walking-induced vibration produced by the building’s occupants. In the high-technology sector, increasing medical scanner sensitivity and increasing precision of manufacturing equipment place higher demand for “vibration-free” structures. Unlike structural design for strength and safety, vibration performance does not benefit from decades of full-scale laboratory testing, established time-tested procedures, and generous factors of safety prescribed by the Building Code. Vibration performance is assessed under “in-service” conditions where non-structural components, actual, rather than idealized, structural behavior, and human perception have a significant effect on vibration performance. The uncertainty in vibration analysis and design of real-world structures presents unique challenges for consulting structural engineering firms and how they conduct business within the firm and externally with clients and building owner/management.

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  • James Lamb, Ph.D.

    Dr. Lamb obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering focusing in Vibrations and Dynamics. He served as the Structures and Dynamics Section Supervisor at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he led various analysis- and test-oriented structural dynamics projects supporting Navy missile system development and evaluation. Dr. Lamb currently leads activities related to vibration analysis, testing, and design of vibration mitigation systems for office/residential buildings, large entertainment structures, and specialized government and aerospace structures.

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August 2, 2018
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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