Earthquake Simulator (shaking table)

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Soil and foundation improvement solutions for seismic-resistant design, geo-hazards investigation and mitigation.

Area(s) of Expertise

The GeoEngineering Research Group (GRG) is an advanced collaborative research lab in Carleton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The purpose of this group is furthering knowledge of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, through the development of collaborative research projects, with an emphasis on interacting with industry. We are involved in wide range of challenging research in different areas of soil mechanics, foundation engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, permafrost engineering, municipal and mine waste management, soil and foundation dynamics, earthquake engineering and urban geotechnical engineering. We also study the geotechnical implications of climate change, develop soil and foundation improvement techniques for seismic design, and investigate geo-hazard mitigation techniques.

Research Services

Experimental testing of any soil and structure systems subjected to any dynamic or seismic loading.

Sectors of Application
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Name of equipment

Description of function

Shaking table (2 m * 2 m)

Dynamic testing

Laminar shear boxes (1m*1m, and 2m*2m)

Soil modelling and testing