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Dr Mateusz Bocian from the University of Leicester, a former Vibration Engineering Section member and current member of the team behind VSimulators at the University of Exeter, has been awarded £414k for a project titled "Development of a new class of pedestrian structural loading models calibrated with data from in-situ measurements".

Funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange via the Polish Returns 2019 programme, the project aims to establish a new project group within the Department of Bridges and Railways at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.

Supported by five eminent Professors from Europe and USA, specialising in vibration serviceability, including Professor James Brownjohn from the University of Exeter, and leading Polish academics specialising in bridge engineering, the project will accelerate efforts towards the development of reliable design guidelines for lightweight structures subjected to the action of walking crowds.

The details of the programme can be found here and the list of all awardees can be found here


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Exeter VSimulator used in project to assess bridges at risk of flooding during storms

The Exeter VSimulator facility was used as an evaluation test of a new inertial measurement unit (IMU), developed as part of an EPSRC funded research project by Karen Faulkner. The project involves the development of a new portable data acquisition (DAQ) system for monitoring vulnerable bridge infrastructure during a storm event.

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

First Paper Published From Research Using VSimulators Facility

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

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Dr Mateusz Bocian from the University of Leicester has been awarded £414k for a project to develop a new class of pedestrian structural loading models calibrated with data from in-situ measurements

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

Reeling Them In

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

Breathing Life Into Media Environments

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

The Virtual Becomes Reality

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by Katy Manning / 21 Oct, 2019

New VSimulators 'Skyscraper Simulator' Facility Opened At The University of Bath

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

Dr Roy Denoon from CPP Wind Engineering Visits Bath VSimulators

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

VSimulators for University of Exeter Undergoes Stringent Factory Acceptance Testing

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

First Moves From VSimulators Platform Under Construction for University of Exeter

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

VSimulators Motion Platform Assembled At E2M Factory In Amsterdam

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

Human factors simulation for motion and serviceability in the built environment

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

Impact of wobbly bridges and skyscrapers on human health to be tested in government-funded VSimulators research centre

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019

The Telegraph : Wobbly Skyscrapers May Trigger Motion Sickness and Depression, Warn Experts

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by Julie Lewis-Thompson / 21 Oct, 2019