4.    Support facilities  90

4.1.     Teleparticipation  / Instructional Room    90

4.1.1.     Supported Usage   91

4.1.2.     Equipment  91

4.1.3.     Capacity   91

4.2.     Collaboration Room    92

5.    Organization   92

5.1.     Laboratory Personnel 92

5.1.1.     Management, operations and maintenance   92  Organization Chart  92

5.1.2.     Expert consultants  92

5.2.     Access rules  93

5.2.1.     Equipment commitments  93

5.3.     Scheduling   101

5.3.1.     Current Schedule   103

For the current schedule please visit scheduling portion of SEESL (nees@buffalo) website   103

6.    Past experiments  103

6.1.     Seismic Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Frame Structures Designed Only for Gravity Loads  103

6.2.     NCEER-92-0027 December 1992*  103

6.3.     Seismic Qualification For Coupling Capacitor Voltage Transformer  103

6.4.     Westinghouse Electric Corp., March 1989   103

6.5.     Qualification Testing for Transportation Container  103

6.6.     Erie Products, Buffalo, NY*  103

6.7.     Testing of 7-Story Isolated Building Model 103

6.8.     NCEER-94-0007 1994*  103

6.9.     Experimental Study of Active Control of MDOF Structures Under Seismic Excitations  103

6.10.   NCEER-88-0025 July 1988*  103

6.11.   Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Seismic Retrofit of Structures with Supplemental Damping   103

6.12.   NCEER-95-0001 January 1995*  103

6.13.   Earthquake Simulation Tests of a Low-Rise Metal Structure   103

6.14.   NCEER-88-0026*  103

6.15.   Sandbox  103

6.16.   Qualification for Station Post Insulators : Solid Core : Subjected to Lateral (Cantilever) Loading   103

6.17.   ABB Corp., July 1990*  103

6.18.   Evaluation of Tyfo-S Fiber Wrap System For Out of Plane Strengthening of Masonry Walls  103

6.19.   R.J. Watson, Inc., March 1995*  103

6.20.   Damping Test for 500 kV DC Capacitor Bank  103

6.21.   Westinghouse, April 1988*  104

6.22.   Testing of Bridge Seismic Isolation Systems  104

6.23.   NCEER-93-0020, NCEER-94-0002, NCEER-94-0014, NCEER-94-0022*  104

6.24.   Prototype Testing of Viscous Dampers for San Bernardino Medical Complex  104

6.25.   Taylor Devices, Inc., 1994*  104

6.26.   Experimental Study of Fluid Viscous Dampers in Buildings  104

6.27.   NCEER-92-0032*  104

6.28.   Development and Testing of Energy Dissipation Systems for Stiff Structures  104

6.29.   The Center for Industrial Effectiveness and Taylor Devices, Inc., 1997   104

6.30.   Development and Testing of a Semi-Active Damping System    104

6.31.   NCEER-95-0011*  104

6.32.   Testing of Elastomeric Bearings  104

6.33.   Scougal Rubber Corporation, 1996-1997*  104

6.34.   Testing of Sliding Bearings  104

6.35.   Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc., 1997*  104

6.36.   Testing of Electronic Equipment and Computers  104

6.37.   NCEER-92-0012, NCEER-93-0007, NCEER-94-0020*  104

6.38.   Qualification Tests of Viscoelastic Dampers  104

6.39.   Navy Building #116 : San Diego, CA*  104

6.40.   Optimal Passive Support Design of Flexibly Supported Pipelines  104

6.41.   Axial Torsion MTS Hydraulic Testing Machine   104

6.42.   Dynamic Testing of Small Components  104

6.43.   Experimental Testing of Active Control Systems Using 62-kip, 6 DOF Model Structure, NCEER-89-0026, 1989*   104

6.44.   Full-scale Implementation of Viscoelastic Dampers  104

6.45.   Seismic Response of a 2/5-scale Steel Structure with Added Viscoelastic Dampers  105

6.46.   NCEER-91-0012, 1991* and NCEER-93-0009, 1993*   105

6.47.   Testing of Water Heaters for Possible Seismic Damage   105

6.48.   NIST GCR 97-732, 1997*   105

6.49.   Laboratory Testing of Base Isolators for Train-induced Vibration Suppression   105

6.50.   Experimental Verification of Active Control Systems for Nanjing Communication Tower  105

6.51.   Full-scale Testing of Active Control Systems  105

6.52.   NCEER 92-0020, 1992   105


4.     Support facilities

4.1. Teleparticipation  / Instructional Room 


The Telepresence Room in Ketter Hall (Room 140) is a newly renovated space designed for observation and participation in research at local and remote NEES facilities. Equipped with multimedia and collaborative technologies to facilitate a virtual presence at any remote laboratory.


Projection and Presentation Equipment

Three large projection screens are located in the front of the room to provide multiple views of the same content, or views of different content on each screen. One projection screen also operates as a digital whiteboard giving one the ability to use a digital pen to markup documents and save them electronically. A podium is also located in front of the room with an integrated desktop computer and video, audio, network, and power connections for a notebook computer. An LCD monitor, directed at the podium, is ceiling mounted for use as a feedback monitor by the presenter.


Teleconferencing and Webcasting Equipment

Multimedia presentations can be made and broadcast to remote sites using the internet. Two pan/tilt/zoom video cameras are located in the opposite corners of the room along with wired and wireless microphones to capture what ever is going on in the room. These can be used with video conferencing system to collaborate with other sites using standard H.323 technology. Multipoint videoconferencing is available using local resources with up to 3 remote endpoints and many more using shared Internet2 Commons resources. Webcasting of audio, video and computer content (PowerPoint, etc...) is also available and requires the remote viewer to access a webpage via their web browser to view the multimedia presentation. Digital recordings of any presented material including audio/video/media can be made for use as instructional content.


Other Equipment

In addition normal conference room activities are supported such as viewing of movies in either DVD or VHS format. A visualizer is available for display of printed material. Phone conferences can be held using integrated room microphones and speaker system. Traditional whiteboards are located around the room in each corner. The digital whiteboard can also be used as a traditional whiteboard using standard dry erase markers.


All these capabilities are controlled through a simple LCD touch screen interface located on the podium. A simple set of intuitive menus can be navigated to configure and display any video source on any of the available screens and a feedback monitor. Presenter needs to undergo a simple training process in order to use the basic functions of the room. Other more technical functions will require advanced training or an on-site operator.


4.1.1.   Supported Usage

·         Seminars

·         Personnel Training

·         Telepresence

·         Data Visualization

·         Webcasting

·         Video Conferencing

·         Phone Conferencing

·         Video playback (DVD, VCR, HD, Computer)

·         Computer Presentations

·         Notebook Presentations


4.1.2.   Equipment

·         Toshiba TLP-T720U Projectors (x3)

·         80"x60" projection screens (x2)

·         77.5" Digital Whiteboard

·         Ceiling mounted LCD feedback monitor

·         Polycom VS4000

·         Sony EVI-D30 Camera(x2)

·         Wireless label mic.(x2)

·         Wireless handheld mic.(x2)

·         Retractable, ceiling mounted hanging mic.(x5)

·         Crestron control system

·         Computer(with DVD player)

·         VCR

·         Visualizer

·         Webcast computer

·         Whiteboards


4.1.3.   Capacity

·         40 people with desks

·         70 people with no desks

4.2. Collaboration Room

The Collaboration Room in Ketter Hall (Room 133) is a newly renovated space designed for visiting researchers who are involved with lab projects. It is equipped with 10 workstations and 2 round tables as to provide for everyday work area as well as collaboration and meeting place. 



5.     Organization

5.1. Laboratory Personnel

5.1.1.   Management, operations and maintenance        Organization Chart

Figure SEESL Organization chart

5.1.2.   Expert consultants

Prof. Ricardo Dobry (RPI)

Prof. Ahmed Elgamal (UCSD)

Prof. Gregory Fenves (UCBerkeley)

Prof. Masayoshi Nashima (U of Kyoto, Japan)

Dr. Tom Prudhomme (NCSA, UIL)

Dr. Michael A. Riley (NIST)

Prof. P. Benson Shing (UC)

Prof. David Stoten (U of Bristol, UK)

Mr. Douglas P. Taylor (Taylor Devices Inc.)




5.2. Access rules

5.2.1 Lab services

The Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) at University at Buffalo hosts a series of services for research clients such as planning organizations (i.e. MCEER, NSF/NEES, etc), for industry and industry partners, for faculty and students at Department of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering at University at Buffalo, and others.  SEESL hosts among other services (i) the UB-NEES site of the George E Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, which provides services to the NEES research community.  The UB-NEES services are operated with support from NEES Inc. which in turn is supported with a grant from the Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems of National Science Foundation (NSF); (ii) the MCEER structural engineering  testing services part of the MCEER users network of experimental facilities; (iii) the CSEE instructional and research testing services on earthquake engineering and structural dynamics; (iv) the research services for other research sponsoring agencies and (iv) the services to industry and other investigative agencies. 


SEESL operates equipment developed with funding from NSF and other sources.  The equipment developed with funding from NSF / NEES initiative is provided free of charges for users performing research approved by NEES Inc. (defined below as NEES research).  SEESL operates the other equipment purchased with other funds that will be available to all researchers (NEES or non-NEES) for a fee as posted below.  All SEESL equipment is available for any non-NEES research for fees as indicated in the recharge fees schedule.

5.2.1.   Equipment commitments

5.2.3 Access rules Specific Safety and Access Requirements

The complete safety requirements are listed in the Lab Safety Manual.  The following are excerpts from the Lab Safety Manual.  The requirements listed below are intended to provide a select but incomplete list of do and do nots.


(a) General Requirements

·         Access in the laboratory is permitted when at least one other person is in the laboratory and he or she has been informed of your presence and is in eye or communication contact with you at all times. 

·         Know where First Aid Kit, Eye Wash Station, Fire Exits, Fire Extinguishers, and Electrical Disconnects are located.

·         Know the location of emergency phones and emergency shut off buttons for the hydraulic system..  Use them at the request of lab personnel or in their absence using your best judgment.

·         Keep walkways (which are marked with crosshatched yellow tape) clear of all obstacles at all times.

·         Do not block fire extinguishers or electrical panels.

·         Clean up work area daily.

·         If your work will generate dust, cover sensitive equipment before you start, and clean up the dust.  Dust cleaning equipment available in the laboratory.

·         At the conclusion of testing, safely remove and dispose of the specimens, within the time-frame agreed to in the WORK PLAN.  The researcher remains responsible for the removal operations until this task is complete. 


(b)Testing Areas

·         When the warning strobe lights are flashing, the hydraulic system is active and testing operations are in progress.  Unauthorized personnel must not approach within 10 feet of any hydraulic line, shake table, actuator, or test specimen.  Authorization must be obtained from the Technical Services Manager or designated test supervisor

·         Authorized personnel, attending a live experiment, must be equipped with a communication device provided by the Technical Services Manager and stay in communication with the test supervisor.

·         All other project work may be interrupted, at the direction of the test supervisor, during testing.

·         All personnel accessing the basement spaces under the test floor and the service rooms must remain in contact with the test supervisor working above the floor


(c) Cranes, Forklifts, Scissor lifts

·         Cranes, forklifts, and scissor lifts may not be used unless the operator has been trained and certified by the laboratory Field Safety Officer or designated staff member.

·         Operations involving heavy and/or large items requiring the use of the crane and rigging will be performed only by trained laboratory staff members.

·         When the crane is used above the hydraulic actuators, controllers, data acquisition systems or hydraulic systems a second staff member must be present as an observer.

·         Cranes shall not be left unattended while still attached to a specimen or test fixture.

·         Scissor lifts must be operated / attended by a team of two users at times.


(d) Laboratory Equipment

·         The use of power tools is not permitted unless authorized by full time lab personnel.

·         Do not move or modify any hydraulic actuators, accumulators, or hydraulic lines.  This is only to be done by authorized lab personnel.

·         Use of the welder or blow torch is not allowed.  These operations are only to be performed by authorized lab personnel.

·         All tools must be inspected before use and any defect reported to lab personnel.

·         Return tools to the proper location at the end of each working day and when the job is complete.

·         Do not use any pre-stressing Jacks. This can be done only by authorized lab personnel.

·         Ladders must be properly positioned and/or tied off.


(e) Access to Tools

·         The SEESL facility has tools (hand tools, power tools, air tools, and welding tools) that will be made available to NEES and non-NEES researchers who adhere to the requirements noted above and have paid the user fee.

·         Power tools can be checked out of the Equipment Room on a daily basis. Hand tools will be available in a kit that can be checked out for the duration of a SEESL project.  NEES researchers will be responsible for returning all tools to the Equipment Room in operable condition.

·         The electric welder and/or cutting torch may be used by qualified professionals who are hired on a subcontract basis to either fabricate or demolish test specimens.  In such cases, prior approval from the Operations Manager must be obtained.

·         The subcontractor client wishing to use this equipment will be required to verify professional qualifications and prior experience.

·         The NEES project will be responsible for replacing any lost hand tools.

·         Recharge fees are required for use of tools by research visitors in SEESL lab.  The recharge rates are listed in the Recharge Fees Schedule (see section on Recharge Fees below).  Recharge rates are updated annually.  NEES researchers will have to budget a minimum of $500 for use of lab tools.

·         Current recharge rates can be found on the SEESL website.


(f) Access to Instrumentation

·         Instrumentation purchased through NEES is available for free use to NEES researchers.  A complete list of NEES instrumentation is identified on the SEESL/UB-NEES Lab Manual.  Additional instrumentation may be available for a fee.  All instrumentation is available to non-NEES researchers for a fee.

·         For safety reasons, only SEESL staff are allowed to operate much of the SEESL Laboratory instruments and equipment. Examples include: hydraulic equipment (e.g., pump, manifolds, controllers, actuators and hoses), forklift, scissors lift, electric arc welder, oxygen-acetylene cutting torch, and all computing equipment (except as outlined in the Access to IT Section), cameras (except as outlined below), and associated cabling (except as outlined below).  This policy will be enforced strictly. The only exceptions are use of the electric welder and/or cutting torch (as described in the Access to Tools Section), and data sensors and lighting not attached to robotic arms. 

·         NEES and Non-NEES data sensors (e.g., linear variable differential transformers, string pots, and other reusable sensors not purchased with project funds), lighting equipment and associated cabling may be checked out of the Equipment Room for the period of time identified in the work plan schedule. 

·         Calibration of this equipment must be done by the NEES researchers, as needed.  SEESL staff will remove and return all reusable NEES and Non-NEES instrumentation, lighting, and associated cabling. 

·         Video and still image cameras and associated equipment, including robotic arms are to be installed only by SEESL laboratory personnel.  SEESL staff will also remove and return all cameras and associated equipment.  However, video or still image cameras can be checked out of the Equipment Room on a daily basis during operating hours for short-term use.



(g) Access to the SEESL Controllers

·         For safety reasons, only SEESL staff will be allowed to operate the Shake Tables controllers and the STS controllers.

·         NEES researchers may have access to the other SEESL controllers for various actuators (see list in the LAB MANUAL) after proper training by lab personnel and with their daily approval.

·         NEES Researchers will have access to the Hybrid Testing System after proper training by the lab personnel with assistance of the Lab Technical Staff.


(h) IT Access

·         The SEESL/UB-NEES Laboratory is outfitted with a variety of data acquisition, archiving, and tele-presence equipment, including sensors (e.g., load cells, transducers, and cameras), servers, appliances, and cabling. 

·         Access to all computers is restricted to SEESL personnel with the exception of the data acquisition servers, client machines, SEESL Local Data Repository, and video-teleconferencing equipment (personal computers will not be provided by the SEESL to NEES researchers).

·         Accounts on the data acquisition servers, client machines, and the SEESL Laboratory Local Data Repository will be provided to NEES researchers by the Site IT Services Manager on an as-needed basis after training on the equipment is completed.

·         The SEESL is linked to computational facilities associated with the NEESgrid. Use of those facilities is administered by the NEES Consortium, Inc.

·         The SEESL is connected to the NEES Data Repository.  Access to the NEES Data Repository, including curation services, is administered by the NEES Consortium, Inc. SEESL staff will facilitate access to the NEES Data Repository as needed.

·         All results and metadata for experiments and simulations conducted within the SEESL will be stored on the SEESL Local Data Repository for a minimum of three months (automatically) and up to a maximum of six months after the termination date of the SEESL research agreement for the pertinent project.  Storage requests for a longer period of time than the minimum must receive approval from the Operations Manager.

·         The SEESL staff will facilitate access to the SEESL Local Data Repository.  However, SEESL staff will not provide curation or data reduction services for a project.


5.2.4      Safety rules 

Laboratory safety is the highest priority at seesl.  The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) has a safety plan that covers the operations of SEESL. This safety plan requires safety training of all employees, students and visitors. Moreover, it requires periodic inspection of laboratories and other spaces for identification and correction of unsafe conditions.  The SEESL Site Operations Manager (OM) is responsible implementing the safety plan and for coordinating the training of employees, students and visitors in the NEES facility.  The SEESL Deputy Director is in charge of development of rules and policies or resolving safety issues in the absence of appropriate policies.  The Field Safety Officer, who is a member of the SEESL Technical Staff, serves as the floor supervisor.  The Field Safety Officer is empowered to suspend the work or the visit of any person who does not comply with the safety requirements.

All researchers and users of SEESL must undergo safety training prior to starting work in the laboratory.  The training can start with a review of the CSEE Safety Training Manual (http://nees.buffalo.edu/).  Upon arrival at SEESL, the visitor must take the 6-hour training class, which includes a walk through of the facilities and an examination (described below).  Each person will be issued a certificate of completion of safety training allowing access to the facility.

All researchers planning to work in the laboratory must wear personal protection equipment (PPE), which includes:

·         Hardhats are mandatory for all who access the testing floor in the laboratory.  Hardhats are not required on the third floor observation deck.

·         Steel toe shoes or boots are required in all areas of the testing floors.  Safety shoes are not required on the observation deck. 

·         Gloves are required whenever assembling or disassembling test specimens or test fixtures.

·         Eyeglasses are mandatory when grinding, impacting, drilling, mixing or hammering.

·         Earplugs or earmuffs are mandatory and available from a member of the SEESL Technical Staff when grinding, impacting, or drilling.

·         A personal safety harness shall be used when and where required member of the SEESL Technical Staff


The laboratory will provide hard hats, gloves, eye protection goggles, earplugs and safety harnesses for short term visitors. Safety shoes must be provided by the researcher or user


5.2.5 Access fees

(I) Facilities, equipment and services available to NEES researchers without fees

(a)    Two six-degree of freedom earthquake simulators, each with a payload of 50 tons (100 tons combined); for a complete performance description visit http://nees.buffalo.edu/.

(b)    Three high-performance dynamic actuators (1000 kN capacity, ± 500 mm stroke, 1 m/s velocity, 800 gpm servo-valves), equipped with load cells and displacement transducers.

(c)    Two static actuators (± 2000 kN capacity, ± 500mm stroke), equipped with displacement transducers.

(d)    Data acquisition systems consisting of up to 250 channels streaming and additional 100 channels local.

(e)    An advanced Krypton 3D coordinate tracking system with up to 15 LED targets.

(f)      A 285m2 (300 sq.ft) new strong floor with 610 x 610 mm (2 x 2 ft) tie-down grid.

(g)    A 19.5 x 9 m (60 x 30 ft) strong reaction wall with 610 x 610 mm (2 x 2 ft) tie-down grid.

(h)    A 6 x 2.5 m plan x 6 m high (20 x 8 x 20 ft) laminar box which can be mounted on shake table(s) – for complete performance and users guide visit  http://nees.buffalo.edu/

(i)       A 40 ton crane to move equipment and specimens anywhere within the 900 m2 of the building housing the two shake tables, the strong floor, and the strong reaction wall.

(j)       50 m2, 9 person capacity collaboration room with tele-observation and tele-participation capabilities (subject to the constraints presented below).

(k)     Room with videoconference capabilities (prior scheduling required: calendar)

(l)       Office space for students (subject to the constraints presented below:  scheduling will be done with the Site Operation Manager).

(m)  Office space for faculty members (subject to the constraints presented below:  scheduling will be done with the Site Operation Manager).

(n)    All computational facilities of the UB-NEES node.


Note that these facilities and equipment are unique and may not be available due to use on other projects.  Careful planning and scheduling is required.


(II) Facilities, equipment, and services available to all (including NEES) researchers for a fee consist of:

(a)   Accelerometers (total of 63), displacement transducers (total of 70 with capacities ranging from 100 mm to 300 mm), and load cells (total of 34 with 5 multi-component cells with 200kN axial load capacity and 90kN shear load capacity).  -  Several instruments will be free of charge for NEES researchers as indicated in the website LAB MANUAL.

(b)   A third 5 degree of freedom earthquake simulator with a maximum payload of 50 tons with performance capabilities similar to the simulators described on page 1 above.  .

(c)   A small isolation bearing testing machine with 600 kN vertical load capacity, ± 150 mm stroke and 0.4 m/sec velocity.

(d)   A large isolation bearing testing machine with 7000 kN axial load capacity, ± 125mm stroke and .25 m/sec velocity.

(e)   Ten hydraulic actuators with 10 to 1000 kN load capacity, ± 50 to ± 300mm stroke and maximum velocity of 1.75 m/sec.

(f)     Manifolds, controllers, and all equipment needed for the control of the actuators in item (e) above.

(g)   Two portable data acquisition systems, each with a capacity of 12 channels.

(h)   X-Y recorders, frequency analyzers, portable measuring devices, oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, borescopes, thickness measuring devices, roughness measuring instruments, etc.

(i)      A 30 m3 environmental chamber capable of sustaining temperatures in the range of -40o‑C to 50oC.

(j)      A quarter length scale six-story steel model structure with 200 kN weight for use in earthquake- simulator testing.

(k)    A quarter length scale steel bridge model with 150 kN weight and featuring flexible or stiff piers for use in earthquake-simulator testing.

(l)      A versatile, quarter length scale steel model that can be configured in a variety of configurations, including 3-bay, 3-story building and one-bay, 6-story building.

(m) Welding equipment, hydraulic jacks, forklifts, rigging equipment, etc.

(n)   Heavy hand and machine tools. 

(o)   Technical services for assembly of specimens.

(p)   Instrumentation modification and calibration services.

(q)   The University at Buffalo library facilities during the duration of stay (subject to the limitations listed below).

(r)      Parking space at the University at Buffalo parking facilities for a nominal fee (typically less than $5 per year) during the duration of (subject to the limitations listed below).


Note that these facilities and equipment may not be available for use.  Careful planning and scheduling is required.

Recharge Rates - Fees

The use of the SEESL equipment by either NEES or non-NEES researchers require budgeting according to rates approved by University at Buffalo. 

For NEES sponsored projects the majority of operation and maintenance costs are anticipated to be covered by the NEES O&M contract between NEES and the University at Buffalo.  The O&M contract will not be finalized until NSF approves the overall NEES budget request, consequently this may affect the recharge fee for NEES services.

If NEES fully funds our O&M proposal and its amendments, limited recharge fee would be needed for tools and rigging equipment.  However if these items are not fully funded the SEESL/UB-NEES will charge a minimum of $1500 a month for lab space, rigging equipment and tools. 

Until budgets are finalized researchers should assemble proposals with a $1500 a month fee for tool use etc. 

If NEES or other non-NEES “fee free” projects exceed the time allocation in the agreed schedule, the researchers will be charged fees as for non-NEES project.

The Recharge Fees Schedule (see below) for all research users is available also from the webpage http://nees.buffalo.edu/ and is updated periodically.  All fees are subjected to overhead at current rates of University at Buffalo (57% as of October 1, 2004).  The overhead rates change periodically.  Before completing any budget check this document for updates.


A service agreement prepared before the work can start at SEESL/UB-NEES, developed between the SEESL and the researchers’ HOME INSTITUTION, will establish the NEES resources to be utilized in the laboratory work and the non-NEES resources required for the completion of the research.  If the latter are required the agreements will include a detailed description of the fees, and a payment schedule.  The agreement will be signed by the authorized representative of the visiting researcher’s HOME INSTITUTION and the SEESL representative (a member of the Sponsored Programs Administration of the University at Buffalo)


An agreement will be executed between the visiting researcher’s HOME INSTITUTION and SEESL represented by a member of the Sponsored Programs Administration.   The agreement will incorporate by reference all of the rules and requirements of this document.  The list below summarizes the issues to be addressed by the agreement:

·         Work Plan (including the requests for equipment, space, personnel)

·         Safety requirements

·         Insurance and liability

·         Access to facilities

·         Resources needed and budget recovery mechanism

·         Schedules

The agreement can follow a template  available on the website in the Site Access Plan along with additional information and /or modifications will be utilized.  The agreement can be developed with the assistance of the Site Operations Manager and other key Lab Personnel.  The agreement must be signed prior to the start of actual work at SEESL/UB-NEES


Table 14: Operations and Maintenance Recharge Fees for SEESL

Operations and Maintenance Recharge Fees for SEESL:









Research Fees




Sponsored Research*                 


Sponsored Research*              NEES**






Fees for Labor / Technical Assistance-  per day (minimum 1/2 day)








Fringe benefits included in the basic fees


Engineering aid*







Expert Student (grad) Consultant







Lab Technician (Majewski)







Lab Specialist (Weinreb, Koslowski, Budden, Staniszevski)







Development engineer / operator  (Pitman)







Expert Testing Consultant















Fees for Equipment Usage




Sponsored Research*                 


Sponsored Research*              NEES**




Full              Usage

Idle                Occupancy

Full              Usage

Idle                Occupancy










Shake Table 1 or 2 (6-DOF)







Shake Table 2 with reaction wall (6-DOF)







Shake Table  1 and 2 (6-DOF)







Shake Table 5-DOF







Shake Table (Small)







Bearing Testing Machine (large)







Bearing Testing Machine (small)







Reaction Frame (large)







Reaction Frame (small)







Reaction Wall














140 ton - UTM-Tinius Olsen Machine







110 ton -UTM - MTS







Axial - Torsion MTS apparatus














Actuators-dynamic high capacity >=100 tons







Actuators-dynamic medium capacity 20<100 tons







Actuators-dynamic small capacity <20 tons







Actuators-static high capacity >=140 tons







Actuators-static medium capacity 30<140 tons







Actuators-static small capacity <20 tons














Hand Pumps







Servovalves substitutions







Hydraulic manifolds - substitutions





















Hybrid Controller







PID controllers - substitutions














Bridge Model - one span ***







7 Stories Model***







6 Stories Model***







5 Stories Model***







Reconfigurable 1 - 6 stories model***







Interface Block







INSTRUMENTATION (with conditioners)







Accelerometers, LVDT's, potentiometers - up to 20 sensors







Accelerometers, LVDT's, potentiometers - additional 5 sensors







Load Cells (uniaxial and multiaxial) - per axis







Krypton 3D remote sensing system







Digital camera or video





















Still camera







Conferencing equipment














Portable data acquisition - 16 channels







Data Acquisition - up to 75 channels







Data Acquisition - over 75 chanels-  fee per channel














Floor occupancy per 50 sq.ft* increment /day







Storage of large models / per day***







Small model removal deposit -   minimum / model one time fee







Large model removal deposit  .>=$1000 one time fee






The rates include overhead for laboratory intangibles


*       Ocupancy charges apply to usage of space beyond the originally scheduled time 

**  Fees will not be applied to scheduled NEES projects.

     For all extra unscheduled time of  NEES projects, fees will be charged  using Non-NEES rates.


Technician time will be charged for activities not supported by NEES maintenance contract.

***     Additional fee of $300 should be added for moving from and to storage






5.3. Scheduling

5.3.1 Scheduling rules

Project Planning / Work Plan:

All researchers planning to access the SEESL site must follow the NEES Inc. guidelines for access to NEES research facilities.  The following are minimum requirements for such access.

The key element to safe and efficient use of the SEESL equipment, the lab space, and the associated facilities is the project work plan.  A detailed work plan must be prepared by all users and this plan must be approved in advance of work by the Site Operation Manager. The work plan will be incorporated into the contract between the user and the University at Buffalo on behalf of SEESL. 

During the award process all principal investigators / researchers must submit the WORK PLAN indicating the test set-up including fail safe system required, the equipment and instrumentation required, the testing protocol intended, specimen demolition, detailed information concerning the individual work tasks to be performed, the duration of the tasks, the order in which the tasks are to be performed, who will perform the tasks, and the resources required to perform the tasks.  A comprehensive schedule with milestones related to the project schedule shall be submitted with the WORK PLAN. The plan should address data management and archival needs . The following is an itemized list of issues that must be addressed in the WORK PLAN:

1.      A list of tasks to be performed 

2.      Specimen and fail safe system drawings

3.      Calculations for the specimen and failsafe system 

4.      An instrumentation plan

5.      A testing plan

6.      List of equipment, materials, supplies, tools and personnel to carry out the work tasks

7.      Space requirements including lab and office space

8.      A rigging plan including disposal of specimens after testing

9.      A plan for data management and IT requirements

10.  Schedule of tasks including duration and timing


All experiments to be performed using the SEESL/UB-NEES equipment should be carefully planned to assure the safety of equipment, operators, and all other users of the laboratory.  All researchers should develop detailed plans for the tests set-ups which must include provisions for fail safe of experiment components and equipment.  Detailed construction plans for all specimens and test fixtures designed by the visiting researchers must be provided.  The plans must include the detailed design of the fail-safe system.  Each testing arrangement and specimen must be reviewed and certified (stamped) by a Professional Engineer with experience in dynamic testing (or with demonstrated equivalent qualifications). The SEESL Site Operations Manager (OM) will review the completeness of submittal.  The Site Operation Manager will work with visiting researchers, review testing plans, and help visiting researchers demonstrate and document that their testing apparatuses satisfy OSHA in full and the State and Campus safety requirements.  The Site Operation Manager will be the point of contact for users of SEESL and will provide the information needed to develop a WORK PLANNote that the safety of the test set-up and of the SEESL equipment will remain the responsibility of the researcher or user.

The NEES researchers will have to negotiate with the NEES Inc. staff a schedule that will be agreed to jointly with SEESL staff.  For any time in excess of that negotiated with NEES Inc., fees will be charged at the rates charged for non-NEES projects.  The scheduling for NEES researchers will be negotiated with the NEESinc Operations Manager and with the SEESL / NEES Site Operations Manager. 

Non-NEES researchers will have to negotiate their schedule directly with SEESL Site Operations Manager


Once activity begins in SEESL, the researcher or user (NEES or non–NEES) must update the work plan weekly and submit any changes for review and approval by the Site Operations Manager.

Failure to follow policies regarding safety or the work plan will result in the following consequences:

·         First offense – verbal reminder

·         Second offense – written notification of out of scope work, or safety violation

·         Third offense – suspension of work and a mandatory review of both safety and work plan.  The results of the review of NEES research projects will be submitted to the NEESInc for further action.  Non-NEES research may be terminated directly by SEESL management.

Note:  Lab Personnel have the right to stop, or refuse, any task or any operation performed with any equipment  used by any Lab User.



SEESL / UB-NEES is a shared facility which provides services to many entities.  SEESL is committed to share all the NEES equipment and facility up to 50% as required by the Management Operations and Maintenance (MO&M) contract with NEES Inc. and NSF/NEES.  In order to accommodate all projects a carefully developed schedule agreement between the researcher and SEESL is required.  At the request of the researcher the Site Operations manager will develop a schedule which will have to be coordinated with NEES Inc. (for NEES projects) or with the SEESL Director (for non-NEES projects).  The schedule will be then included in an agreement as indicated below.  The schedule will include all elements requested in the Work Plan

Failure to obey the agreed schedule may result in additional fees at non-NEES rates for the exceeding period (applied to all researchers).  The agreement will include assurances that such fees will be paid to SEESL.  In case of major slip in schedule the work may be indefinitely postponed and a new schedule will have to be negotiated jointly with NEES Inc. and the Site Operations Manager.


Business Calendar/Hours

The SEESL laboratory follows the official schedule of the University at Buffalo, including its holiday schedule.  The laboratory is open 5 days a week between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Work after hours or weekends might be possible in special cases with prior approval of the Site Operation Manager.  Special safety restrictions and requirements will apply to such work.

5.3.1.   Current Schedule

For the current schedule please visit scheduling portion of SEESL (nees@buffalo) website

6.     Past experiments

6.1. Seismic Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Frame Structures Designed Only for Gravity Loads

6.2. NCEER-92-0027 December 1992*

6.3. Seismic Qualification For Coupling Capacitor Voltage Transformer

6.4. Westinghouse Electric Corp., March 1989

6.5. Qualification Testing for Transportation Container

6.6. Erie Products, Buffalo, NY*

6.7. Testing of 7-Story Isolated Building Model

6.8. NCEER-94-0007 1994*

6.9. Experimental Study of Active Control of MDOF Structures Under Seismic Excitations

6.10.                  NCEER-88-0025 July 1988*

6.11.                  Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Seismic Retrofit of Structures with Supplemental Damping

6.12.                  NCEER-95-0001 January 1995*

6.13.                  Earthquake Simulation Tests of a Low-Rise Metal Structure

6.14.                  NCEER-88-0026*

6.15.                  Sandbox

6.16.                  Qualification for Station Post Insulators : Solid Core : Subjected to Lateral (Cantilever) Loading

6.17.                  ABB Corp., July 1990*

6.18.                  Evaluation of Tyfo-S Fiber Wrap System For Out of Plane Strengthening of Masonry Walls

6.19.                  R.J. Watson, Inc., March 1995*

6.20.                  Damping Test for 500 kV DC Capacitor Bank

6.21.                  Westinghouse, April 1988*

6.22.                  Testing of Bridge Seismic Isolation Systems

6.23.                  NCEER-93-0020, NCEER-94-0002, NCEER-94-0014, NCEER-94-0022*

6.24.                  Prototype Testing of Viscous Dampers for San Bernardino Medical Complex

6.25.                  Taylor Devices, Inc., 1994*

6.26.                  Experimental Study of Fluid Viscous Dampers in Buildings

6.27.                  NCEER-92-0032*

6.28.                  Development and Testing of Energy Dissipation Systems for Stiff Structures

6.29.                  The Center for Industrial Effectiveness and Taylor Devices, Inc., 1997

6.30.                  Development and Testing of a Semi-Active Damping System

6.31.                  NCEER-95-0011*

6.32.                  Testing of Elastomeric Bearings

6.33.                  Scougal Rubber Corporation, 1996-1997*

6.34.                  Testing of Sliding Bearings

6.35.                  Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc., 1997*

6.36.                  Testing of Electronic Equipment and Computers

6.37.                  NCEER-92-0012, NCEER-93-0007, NCEER-94-0020*

6.38.                  Qualification Tests of Viscoelastic Dampers

6.39.                  Navy Building #116 : San Diego, CA*

6.40.                  Optimal Passive Support Design of Flexibly Supported Pipelines

6.41.                  Axial Torsion MTS Hydraulic Testing Machine

6.42.                  Dynamic Testing of Small Components

6.43.                  Experimental Testing of Active Control Systems Using 62-kip, 6 DOF Model Structure, NCEER-89-0026, 1989*

6.44.                  Full-scale Implementation of Viscoelastic Dampers

6.45.                  Seismic Response of a 2/5-scale Steel Structure with Added Viscoelastic Dampers

6.46.                  NCEER-91-0012, 1991* and NCEER-93-0009, 1993*

6.47.                  Testing of Water Heaters for Possible Seismic Damage

6.48.                  NIST GCR 97-732, 1997*

6.49.                  Laboratory Testing of Base Isolators for Train-induced Vibration Suppression

6.50.                  Experimental Verification of Active Control Systems for Nanjing Communication Tower

6.51.                  Full-scale Testing of Active Control Systems

6.52.                  NCEER 92-0020, 1992