This leading-edge testing facility, housed in Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall, opens new doors to projects, funding sources and hands-on learning for students. It contains state-of-the-art equipment and is suitable for testing large-scale components and systems.
The High-bay Structural Engineering Research Laboratory, as it's called, was completed in 2003. The lab was built with easy access to two major streets on either side. It has 770 m2 of usable floor area for testing and evaluation of structural components and systems. The laboratory is approximately 35 m long, which is ideal for testing large- and full-scale structures. Inside the laboratory a 20-ton overhead crane was installed with a vertical clearance of 6 m.
The laboratory also has a bidirectional reaction wall 5.5 m in height. Outside the north entrance of the lab, a loading dock was built with an exterior crane of 20-ton capacity to load and unload large specimens. The High-bay Structures Lab also has a twin tunnel basement under the 258 m2 strong floor to facilitate anchorage of testing setups.
A materials laboratory is connected to the high-bay area that is accessible to prepare structural samples and related materials testing. And there is a machine shop to provide support for the fabrication of custom equipment and test specimens.
Brian Swift, an engineer II for the department, has a strong background in data acquisition, equipment installation, programming, operation and maintenance. Greg Leckrone, a research engineering technician, is in charge of the machine shop and Gary Abbott, a research engineering technician II, assists with the maintenance and repair of complex instruments and equipment in the lab.