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.
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.
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.
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.