UNR Earthquake Engineering Lab gets final pieces

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Updated: 2/25/2014 1:40 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- There was a major move taking place at UNR on Tuesday. Three 27-ton tabletops were moved into the University's new Earthquake Engineering Lab.

It is the last major step in a six-month project to get the lab up, and shaking. Once it is all complete, the new lab will join existing facilities to comprise one of the largest and most versatile earthquake simulation facilities in the country.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Sanders said that the lab will be used very valuable research. "What we do is try to improve the designs of buildings and bridges that they perform better in an earthquake. Not just that they survive an earthquake, but that they are serviceable after an earthquake."

An opening celebration of the facility is planned to take place in early summer.

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