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CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project

Woodframe Project Index Buildings

Based on Index Building designs used in the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, led by Kelly Cobeen, S.E. (Cobeen & Associates); the expertise of a cost estimator, Ray Young & Associates, was employed to quantify baseline construction costs and the additional costs associated with enhancements for new buildings or retrofits where an existing building situation was assumed.

Earthquake damage and associated losses were calculated based on two other studies in the Woodframe Project. The detailed index building designs were converted into analytical structural models by Isoda, Folz, and Filiatrault (2002), Seismic Modeling of Index Woodframe Buildings. That modeling work was in turn built upon by another study in the Project, Porter et al. (2002), Improving Loss Estimation for Woodframe Buildings, in which numerous inelastic time history analyses of each design, with variants, were conducted to take into account uncertainties in ground motions and construction properties.

3D animations by Doron Serban (CUREE).

Small House Index Building Design

Fly-by view : AVI [1.0 MB] | MPEG [1.3 MB]

Large House Index Building Design

Fly-by view : AVI [508 K] | MPEG [1.3 MB]

Exploded View : AVI [380 K] | MPEG [708 K]

Soft Story Deformation : AVI [568 K] | MPEG [848 K]

Small Townhouse Index Building Design

Fly-by view : AVI [700 K] | MPEG [1.3 MB]

Apartment Building Index Building Design

Fly-by view : AVI [684 K] | MPEG [1.3 MB]

Exploded View : AVI [380 K] | MPEG [1.8 MB]

Rotation : AVI [104 K] | MPEG [1.0 MB]

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