History of Forced Vibration Tests

History of Load Test methodology

The following information provides a greater understanding of some of the major research on load testing buildings that has contributed to understanding building response that was used to develop building codes and understand structural performance. It was conducted by PhD’s in structural dynamics in the US and other countries. The methods used are consistent, and represent the only valid way to load test the response of a structure. STRAAM provides additional insight at the bottom as it relates to our services which include a one day In-situ Load Test.

  • Structural Integrity Laws require verification that buildings have a level of capacity.
  • Engineers and Building Officials are authorized by law to require an In-situ load test.
  • An In-situ load test verifies the overall building capacity and can identify localized weaknesses of a structure.
  • Engineering ethics require verifying assumptions. Failure to verify capacity and exercise this legal authority can lead to devastating personal professional and legal exposure.
  • Performing an In-situ Load Test protects building owners, residents, engineers, building officials and government entities from enormous liability.

Due to recent building collapses legal action has been taken against engineers, owners and building officials for negligence. If found liable, negligent parties face devastating consequences.

General Overview

There have been decades of research in the building sciences across the world to quantify how structures behave and perform to wind and seismic events. The greatest advancements came from research where full-scale structures were tested. In the PhD thesis provided to the right, Chapter 2 provides some of the notable authors and institutions who performs significant research prior to 1994, when the Thesis was published. It’s important to understand the effort that went into his body of knowledge which greatly advanced the building sciences, and ultimately helped Code committees make decisions based on strong engineering principles to improve the design process and make building safer over time.

Buildings, bridges, and other structures were measured for their response to both induced forces, and from natural forces from wind and earthquake. The induced vibration tests provided the most controlled conditions to show how structures responded to forces. The methodology used across this research applied the principles of structural dynamics to explain why structures responded in the manner they did.

The fundamental aspects of structural dynamics and the physics, based on Newton’s Second Law of Motion, F = M x A on which structural dynamics is based, require measuring the modal properties of the structures. The process includes:

  1. Identifying the various modes of vibration to be tested.
  2. Applying force to the structure and measuring the response of the structure.
  3. Determining the frequency response and damping response inherent in the structural system.
  4. Determining how the structure moves in the various modes of vibration at different locations, known as mode shapes.
  5. Determining the displacement per unit force relationship of the structure that represents the capacity of the structure.

These fundamental principles are basic to the studies referenced and are among the most important characteristics that dictate how structures perform. There is no better way to analyze the response of a structure to forces.

Galambos and Mayes

In the PhD Thesis, the author referenced the Galambos and Mayes paper written in 1978 where the National Science Foundation commissioned a study to perform a forced vibration test on an existing structure. The goal of the study was to apply forces well beyond the elastic limit of the structure to initiate damage and measure the changes in the structure’s dynamic characteristic and response profile. This test cost approximately $400,000 to perform in 1978. The building was scheduled to be demolished, so after the tests were completed, the structure was considered destroyed and was torn down. This sort of testing could never be used for an existing building. This study provides a wealth of insightful information as well as verification of some fundamental principles:

  1. Under ambient conditions, the study measured the modal properties of the structure including the frequencies of resonance, damping and mode shapes. This represented the characteristics of the structure that relates to its capacity.
  2. The frequency of various modes of vibration decreased at higher amplitude and with the onset of damage.
  3. The maximum damping response was approximately at 4% at the highest amplitude and it too changed with the onset of damage.
  4. Damage initiated in areas where the greatest modal displacements occurred, as shown by the mode shapes.

BRE – Building Research Establishment

In the PhD Thesis, the Author identified a significant body of work conducted in the United Kingdom by the Building Research Establishment. This body of work included forced vibration tests on 40 full scale structures. This is the largest program of forced vibration tests of full-scale structures ever conducted in the world. Further, it employed the most advanced forced vibrator system to allow for the most controlled test of the structures ever conducted both before and after the program, extending to this day. It is largely considered the ‘gold standard’ for forced vibration tests. The cost for each test is estimated to be $ 200,000 per structure and took several weeks to complete with a full team of scientists.

The forces applied were well below the end of the elastic limit of the structure, with the structures remaining in service after the tests. Members of the team were awarded the Telford Gold Metal for the induced vibration tests on dams of the four main categories the highest award in the world for Civil Engineers, due to the impactful nature of the testing and the applicability of the results to building science (References for the work on dams are not included here). This sort of testing of full-scale structures is possible to conduct on existing buildings but it is complex to organize, time consuming, very expensive, is mildly destructive to the building and is generally not used in industry.

One Report of the South Stoneham Building in Southern England, is provided to the right and is consistent with many of the other tests conducted. The tests reveal several critical aspects which are now referenced in ASCE 7.

  1. The test method, consistent with the methods based on structural dynamics, identified the modal properties of the structure including the frequencies of resonance, damping and mode shapes.
  2. The team used a forced vibrator system to shake the building at resonance, with a precision of 0.001 Hz, and stopped the force abruptly to allow the structures response to ‘decay’. This highly precise method reduced error in the measurements to best understand the true behavior.
  3. The resulting decay of the frequency response and damping demonstrated clear non-linear characteristics. However, due to the precision and accuracy of the test method, the non-linear behavior demonstrated a completely predictable characteristic. At every amplitude of movement, when the frequency and damping response was used as an input into the equation of motion, the modal mass remained constant. Prior to this, the non-linear behavior was poorly understood, and therefore estimates were used.
  4. This non-linear response was consistent and repeatable through numerous trials showing that the structure remained ‘linear elastic’ through the process, yet due to the matrix of the materials it showed non-linear behavior. This behavior can be explained by fracture mechanics, providing a valid principle to what was previously a poorly understood phenomenon.
  5. The non-linear damping response was isolated to the matrix of the structure since response measurements at ground level indicated no movement, thus no energy dissipation through the soil. Therefore, this provided a great understanding of ‘structural damping’, as a subset of ‘total damping’. A total damping response of a structure’s response includes the response from the ground and internal energy dissipation as well as damping from the matrix of the structure. Total damping is generally reported from the response of a structure due to seismic activity. It shows very unpredictable behavior, caused by the various mechanisms at work. Since the goal of seismic monitoring is to predict structural displacements, then attempting to quantify total damping of the response is appropriate since it is relevant to the displacement calculations. However, isolating the structure’s damping response gives a structure-specific parameter relating to capacity and damage (as shown by Galambos and Mayes). Structural damping is nearly impossible to extract from the response measured during high amplitude seismic energy where the additional contributors to damping play a significant role.

An additional paper published by BRE in 1980 authored by Brian Ellis was titled ‘An assessment of the accuracy of predicting the fundamental natural frequency of buildings and the implications concerning the dynamic analysis of structures’. (Proc. ICE, part 2, Sept 1980, vol. 69, pages 763-776) This study reviewed the measured response of 163 buildings that had been measured for their dynamic characteristics. The structures in the study were from the US, UK and Canada as well as various locations around the world, and included buildings of various construction types with building heights ranging from of 10 to 200 meters. As referenced in the conclusion, the study identified significant variations in the natural frequencies of buildings noting +/-50% from standard predictors. This is very significant since that actual response of a structure to forces varies directly based on its stiffness which is proportional to the natural frequency. Therefore, the actual response will correlate with this parameter. Caution was raised for the use of dynamic modeling which uses incorrect estimates for this parameter, noting the implications could result in significantly underestimating the response. Non-linear behavior of both frequency and damping is noted. Additionally, reduction in the natural frequency after a seismic event was noticed attributing the change to damage of the structure. The study concluded that the best fit estimate for the Fundamental Natural Frequency of a building to be 46/H (height in meters). This value equates to 150/ H (in feet). This is the only estimate offered as an estimate of the natural Fundamental Frequency for existing buildings in ASCE 7. The study also provided estimates for the orthogonal mode and torsion.

Further, the work by the BRE contributed to the general body of knowledge regarding structural response, most critically regarding the parameter of non-linear damping. As referenced above, ‘damping’ as an element of response had displayed a high level of unpredictability and variability, specifically as it related to response measurements taken during seismic event. This created an misunderstanding of the parameter, which led to the belief in the seismic community that ‘damping cannot be measured accurately’. The BRE, through the controlled forced vibration testing showed the non-linear nature of ‘structural damping’, as well as it’s predictability. This information was shared with many researchers in several countries where additional research was being conducted. Below in ‘Dynamic Response of Structures’ is a reference of the largest program of conducting dynamic response measurements where this understanding was applied. Numerous research groups from different countries followed up on the work of the BRE with additional testing and produced additional predictors for non-linear structural damping. Seymore Spence and Ahsan Kareem of Notre Dame University produced an ASCE Croes Award Winning Paper in 2013 titled ‘Tall Buildings and Damping: A Concept-Based Data-Driven Model’. In it, the authors summarize the long historical research that was conducted and identifies the mechanism for non-linear structural damping. It identifies the three major damping predictors, all of which are based on a specific population of structures from different regions in the world, which likely contributes to the variation. Yet, they are all generally similar. This paper is referenced in ASCE 7.


The US Bureau of Mines published RI 8507 in 1980. The title was ‘Structure Response and Damage Produce by Ground Vibrations from Surface Mine Blasting’. This was intended to provide insight into the structural response and associated mechanisms of damage caused by blasting for coal. In the study, they performed dynamic measurements of 79 one and two story houses. They measured the first mode of vibration’s frequency and damping response to blasting consistent with standard dynamic analysis practice. From this they determined an estimate of displacement which was later used to suggest safe levels of structural response.

The OSMRE, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, conducted an additional study titled ‘Assessment of Low Frequency Vibrations and Potential Impacts on Structures’ in 1996 looking at the effects of dynamic amplification of ground vibrations caused by the alignment of ground vibrations with the structure’s natural frequency. This was an important complement to RI 8507 to verify the potential risk from dynamic amplification. In both documents, the response measurements were not very accurate which is mostly a by-product of the short duration of the blasting and the randomness of the energy produced by the blast and modal coupling from the structure. Appendix B of RI 8507 provides a simplistic method for determining the peak particle velocity caused by ground vibrations. Appendix B provides threshold limits for ground vibrations that are used today, and often applied well outside the scope of the study. The study cautions about the additional risks and possible causes of damage by using the simplistic ground vibration method. RI 8507 encourages the use of ‘spectral techniques’ which they identify as superior to the Appendix B criteria, yet they recognize that at the time of the study in 1980, technology was not sophisticated (compared with today’s equipment) and performing spectral methods would be cumbersome, expensive and difficult to regulate. Nevertheless, the Appendix B criteria are still used widely as the criteria for establishing vibration intensity alarms today. The spectral methods they reference allow for greater understanding of the actual structural response which reduces risk of damage by quantifying the most critical risk factors identified in their study.

Since 1990’s

Research has been limited for forced vibration tests on full scale structures because of the limited supply of funding. Researchers have resorted to the use of naturally occurring vibration sources or to using smaller (and cheaper) vibrators for assessing footbridges and floors. The implication of assessing smaller structures and floor systems is that the size of the vibrator is reduced because the natural frequency being investigated is higher.

Despite these factors only a small number of induced vibration tests using vibrators have been conducted since the 1990’s, and none of these have included the testing of entire large structures. However, the induced vibration response (caused by well-controlled vibrators) of smaller structures has been conducted in Japan (by Yukio Tamura) and in Turkey (Serdar Soyoz et al). However, to date, there has been no repetition of the tests conducted.

Dynamic Response of Structures Database

Over the last 30 years, there has been a body of work that has dwarfed all other databases regarding the behavior of full-scale structures. This was produced by Ahsan Kareem (University of Notre Dame, USA) and Yukio Tamura (Tokyo Polytechnique University, Japan) and the Center for Excellence of Wind Engineering. The www.vortex-winds.org website provide public access to the database of approximately 1000 structures measured for their Dynamic Characteristics of modal frequency of resonance and damping. The ASCE 7 references this database.

STRAAM Dynamic Assessment and Monitoring Technology

STRAAM Group has developed a platform for performing dynamic assessments consistent with the well-established practices used in the research over the last 50 year without the necessity of using a large, expensive vibrator system. As shown above, when testing a structure’s response the following aspects are fundamental to gaining accurate information that define the dynamic parameters of the structure:

  • Determining the modes of vibrations and mode shapes.
  • Quantifying the frequency response in each mode in the non-linear form as possible.
  • Quantifying the damping response in the non-linear form as possible.

Also shown, in the 50 years of research referenced above, the dynamic parameters of a structure directly dictate how it will respond to forces. The papers above provide insight into ranges of these parameters which give good estimates of how well-performing structures behave. They also show that some buildings that have weaknesses, reflected in changes to these parameters. Reduction in stiffness, which is directly proportional to the frequency response, is associated with damage or ageing. Likewise, increases in damping are also associated with damage.

The research laid the foundation to understand, through empirical evidence, how structures response to imposed forces. It was the BRE who meticulously detailed the non-linear response of both frequency and damping. And further, that Newton’s Second Law of Motion, which is the fundamental principal in structural dynamics, apply perfectly consistently throughout the entire amplitude range. In the equation below, in a specific mode of vibration, the Displacement Xr is dictated by the imposed Force, Fr, divided by constants (for an existing structure Modal Mass Mr, generally is constant) and the only two dynamic parameters for which measurements are necessary, are resonance frequency and its associated damping.

Therefore, the displacement per unit force relationship, as expressed below, represents how a structure will deform to loading as predicated by the dynamic parameters. A more common Load Test will generally apply a known load to determine the specific response, yielding a single displacement per unit for relationship. In the case of a building, the research has shown that the displacement will change over a range of amplitudes, so the dynamic parameters, when measured accurately provide more insight into the behavior of the specific structure based on its specific non-linear behavior of the dynamic parameters. The result is a representative Load Test of the structures capacity.

Dr. Jeary, one of the Founders of STRAAM, was the Head of the Dynamics Group within the BRE where this ground breaking research occurred. He oversaw all of the forced vibration tests conducted there, as well as other research for nearly two decades. This insight and experience is embedded into the STRAAM platform for Dynamic Analysis.

Furthermore, the research also demonstrated that at high amplitude, for instant during forces caused by strong wind or seismic forces, the dynamic parameters reflect less consistency caused by a number of factors, including that the structural response is non-linear and therefore affects the measurement of parameters that are considered as linear at the design stage. Therefore the dynamic parameters reflected a level of unpredictability and variability that did not occur under the controlled conditions. Much of the research community reported on this phenomenon leading to speculation that the dynamic parameters could not be measured accurately, contrary to the research proving otherwise.

As technology advanced over the last two decades, sensor technology improved with greater sensitivity. Also computer technology improved with greater processing power to manage large sums of data quickly. Further, data transmission through cellular and internet service allowed for immediate data transfer, so that the response of a structure could be processed in real time. Since the dynamic parameters can be accurately measured through a range of amplitudes with predictable non-linear behavior, then the lower end of the amplitude range would supply equally meaningful information. Based on advanced technology, the response of a structure can be measured under normal ambient conditions. To the right is a paper generated by STRAAM to explain the value of low amplitude measurements compared with high amplitude measurements.

Applying the appropriate methods under ambient conditions, has proved to provide the opportunity to measure the dynamic parameters as follows:

  • Sufficient energy needed to measure a structure’s response accurately.
  • No need to add mechanical excitation to induce a response, which reduces costs.
  • Unlimited data which allows to apply a QA/QC protocol for statistic validity.
  • A sufficient dynamic range to capture non-linear behavior.
  • An accurate signature of all the modes of vibration of the structure.
  • The above makes this test cost effect and quick for all structures.
  • The measured response can be compared to code requirements to assess capacity.

This technology that is used to measure the dynamic response of structures provides a powerful tool that helps quantify the most critical aspects relating to its capacity. Based on the new Structural Integrity Laws, verifying the structural condition of a building is required. A visual inspection does not give any insight into how well the structural system works. 50 years of research supports that the method for measuring a structure is defined, and includes an accurate measure of the dynamic parameters. This is a reasonable approach to meet this new standard of care and to improve public safety.


As presented, the decades of research are consistent in its approach and conclusions. Non-linear behavior is inherent in all buildings. The dynamic parameters can be measured both through mechanical excitation and using ambient forces. These parameters dictate a structure’s response. Taking measurements on any structure can occur quickly yielding accurate and repeatable results. In-situ Load Tests provide valuable insight regarding the capacity of a structure. Based on recent changes in law, these methods provide a necessary complement to visual inspections which will reduce liability and add clarity regarding the risk of buildings.

Additional Induced Vibration tests through history

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78. .Jeary A P. Damping measurements from the behaviour of several large multi-flue chimneys. Proc. Inst. of Civil Engineers, Paper 7967, June 1974.

79. Ruscheweyh H & Hirsch C. Full-scale measurements of the dynamic response of tower-shaped structures. 4th. international conference on wind effects on buildings and structures. Heathrow, 1975.

80. Ohta T., Adac.hi N., Vehiyama S., Niva M & Takahashi K. Results of vibration tests on tall buildings and their earthquake response. Proceeding 6th WCEE, New Delhi, 1977.

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85. Ibanez P. Identification of dynamic structural models from experimental data. UCLA ENG. 7325, March 1972.

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Includes induced vibration tests on Hume Point. Shows that the response of similar buildings can be very different, but the results from Ronan Point show that the joint fixity had a major effect on the building’s stiffness.

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A.P. Jeary and B.R. Ellis. Vibration Tests of Structures at varied a

Amplitudes. Specialty Conference on Dynamic Response of Structures. Atlanta, January 1981.

Details induced vibration tests on seven structures, with the BRE vibrator system.

Vibration Tests on full-scale structures since 1990

Ambient and Forced Vibration Testing of a Reinforced Concrete Building before and after Its Seismic Retrofitting Authors: Serdar Soyoz serdar.soyoz@boun.edu.tr, Ertugrul Taciroglu, M.ASCE etacir@ucla.edu, Kutay Orakcal kutay.orakcal@boun.edu.tr, Robert Nigbor nigbor@ucla.edu, Derek Skolnik das@kmi.com, Hilmi Lus hilmilus@boun.edu.tr, and Erdal Safak


Soyoz, Serdar

September 30, 2013

Dynamic Testing and Structural Identification of the Hypo Bank Office Complex. I: Experiments | Journal of Structural Engineering | Vol 137, No 12

… by means of forced or ambient vibration tests using modal identification techniques. … Test procedures are briefly recalled in the third section. … seismic joint, steady-state harmonic vibrations were separately induced in Building A and in … Induced noise has not appreciably affected the dynamic response below 3.5 Hz, but for higher frequencies, not negligible differences emerged …

Morassi, Antonino
November 30, 2011

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