Testing the dynamic properties and performance of a building under human-induced excitation

Emperor House is a modern office building currently under construction at Exeter Business Park, UK. The three-storey building has an internal floor space of 2400sqm, which consists of two wings and a central core.

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In collaboration with Summerfield Developments (SW) Ltd (client), WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff (consultant) and Midas Group (contractor), the Vibration Engineering Section (VES) at the University of Exeter successfully carried out a test of the building’s dynamic properties and performance under human-induced excitation.

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State-of-the-art equipment was utilised in the test to identify the modal properties of the first floor of the building and perform extensive walking tests.

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The test results will be analysed in detail. The final aim is to help structural engineers to design such buildings at minimal cost, while vibration serviceability requirements are maintained.

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