Advanced earthquake monitoring system for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical buildings--instrumentation

Open-File Report 2012-1241
In cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs
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Abstract

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Strong Motion Project (NSMP; http://nsmp.wr.usgs.gov/) of the U.S. Geological Survey has been installing sophisticated seismic systems that will monitor the structural integrity of 28 VA hospital buildings located in seismically active regions of the conterminous United States, Alaska, and Puerto Rico during earthquake shaking. These advanced monitoring systems, which combine the use of sensitive accelerometers and real-time computer calculations, are designed to determine the structural health of each hospital building rapidly after an event, helping the VA to ensure the safety of patients and staff. This report presents the instrumentation component of this project by providing details of each hospital building, including a summary of its structural, geotechnical, and seismic hazard information, as well as instrumentation objectives and design. The structural-health monitoring component of the project, including data retrieval and processing, damage detection and localization, automated alerting system, and finally data dissemination, will be presented in a separate report.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Advanced earthquake monitoring system for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical buildings--instrumentation
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2012-1241
DOI 10.3133/ofr20121241
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description xi, 143 p.; col. ill.; map (col.)
First page i
Last page 143
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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