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Great Lakes Forestry National Research Centre
Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada
The Great Lakes Forestry Centre is a large, multi-wing complex overlooking Lake Huron in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. This building serves as a research centre for Natural Resources Canada focusing primarily on insect impact on Canadian forests.
Due to the multiple blocks present in the structure, the interaction between different blocks and the needed minimum gap to prevent the impact hazard had to be reliably calculated. The bulk of the structure was split into East and West Wings whereas the administrative building (the highlighted image in yellow) was analyzed in two parts due to its phased construction.
Each of these buildings was analyzed individually to determine their individual baselines. The vibration content and the dynamic characteristics obtained were compared to determine the connectivity and the integrity of the structure as a whole.
Once the integrity was determined, a global-level seismic analysis of each structure was conducted based on the local seismicity of Sault Ste. Marie and our patented, data-based seismic analysis approach. The damage levels for the structural and non-structural components were at crucial points in the structures and were reported to the client.
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