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Congratulations to Bilal Alhawamdeh sucessfully defensed his dissitation in April 2020. He graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Summer 2021. 

Summer of 2017, a local distributed RTHS was successfully conducted by Mohamed Ismail Ahmed who graduated with Master in  2017.

In Spring 2017, Bilal Mohammed sucessfully conducted several RTHS with online model updating. He graduated with a Master of Science in 2017 as well.



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Videos and Other Current News
RTHS With Online Model Updating
University of Alabama Test

The video below shows one of the RTHS performed at the LESS @ WMU.



On March 23, Dr. Shao traveled to University of Alabama to preform real-time hybrid simulation of a damped and undamped wood shear wall.  This video shows one of the tests preformed by the NEESsoft team. 


    NEESsoft Collapse   RTHS test of NEESsoft Project  

As part of the NEESsoft project, a collapse test of the 4-story soft first story wood frame building was conducted using the outdoor shake table at the NEES facility of the University of Claifornia, San Diego, on August 17, 2013


  On October 28, an OpenLoop RTHS test of the NEESsoft project was conducted at the University of Buffalo  




    WMU is one of the five collaborating universities in the NEESsoft project. The NEESsoft collapse was reported on by CBS, FOX, and ABC news.      

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Laboratory of Earthquake and Structural Simulation ---- Last Updated: 09-25-2021