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Sep 20, 2022
We are proud to share that Carlina Chung, Project Coordinator at Marx|Okubo, will be presenting next week at the Earth USA 2022 11th International Conference on Architecture & Construction with Earthen Materials — Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2022 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In association with University of San Francisco, Carlina will present Friday afternoon on Tilting Table Test Machine for Accessible Testing of Earthen Construction.
A glimpse: Lateral tilting table test machines utilize the self-weight of a specimen to apply a lateral load and help users better understand the seismic capacities of a material or construction. Many earthen construction methods, such as adobe and cob, are not common construction methods in the United States because of the difficulty with approvals and permitting. Although building codes for adobe and cob are included in the IBC, most recently in 2021, most state and local codes have not adopted the earthen construction parts of IBC. Based on the work of students at the University of San Francisco, this paper documents the creation of a manual for the construction and operation of a lateral tilting table testing machine which makes further research more accessible because of the low cost of the machine and the simplicity of the test.
If you’re planning to be at Earth USA 2022, please come learn with us.
Marx|Okubo is a national architecture/engineering/construction consulting firm that works with real estate owners, investors and lenders—at every point of the property lifecycle—to evaluate their building projects, solve complex challenges and implement tailored solutions. We help clients understand their projects’ complexities, so they can make more informed decisions and, ultimately, mitigate their risk.