Faking quakes at full scale: Giant shake tables simulate earthquakes to make buildings safer


“I don’t know if anyone was as nervous as I was” going into that last test, says John van de Lindt, a structural engineer at Colorado State University and the project’s principal investigator. “When you see the shake table move, it’s really moving exactly how the ground moved at some location, except we can scale it up and down depending on what type of intensity we want.”