Seismic Isolation of a Flight Simulator Manufacturing Facility

by Lawrence D. Reaveley, Reaveley Engineers & Assoc, United States,
Ronald L. Mayes, Reaveley Engineers & Assoc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


The corporate headquarters of Evans & Sutherland is located in the University of Utah Research Park which is in Salt Lake City, Utah. A major fault runs through Salt Lake City within 1/2 -mile of Research park. To gain a greater than normal amount of earthquake safety for the new building, it was decided that the facility would be constructed utilizing a system of seismic isolation. The seismic isolation system is to reduce the force levels that an earthquake would induce in the structure above. The corporate decision was to utilize a system that would safeguard the structure and the valuable inventory of computer systems that were to be in the facility. This paper discusses the geologic setting, functional design requirements, the structural system, and other aspects of the subject.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Base isolation | Flight | Manufacturing | Structural systems | Seismic design | Industrial facilities | Utah | United States

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