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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1241

In cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Advanced Earthquake Monitoring System for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Buildings—Instrumentation

By Erol Kalkan, Krishna Banga, Hasan S. Ulusoy, Jon Peter B. Fletcher, William S. Leith, Shahneam Reza, and Timothy Cheng

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In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Strong Motion Project (NSMP; of the U.S. Geological Survey has been installing sophisticated seismic systems that will monitor the structural integrity of 28 VA hospital buildings located in seismically active regions of the conterminous United States, Alaska, and Puerto Rico during earthquake shaking. These advanced monitoring systems, which combine the use of sensitive accelerometers and real-time computer calculations, are designed to determine the structural health of each hospital building rapidly after an event, helping the VA to ensure the safety of patients and staff. This report presents the instrumentation component of this project by providing details of each hospital building, including a summary of its structural, geotechnical, and seismic hazard information, as well as instrumentation objectives and design. The structural-health monitoring component of the project, including data retrieval and processing, damage detection and localization, automated alerting system, and finally data dissemination, will be presented in a separate report.

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Contact Information, Menlo Park, Calif.
   Office—Earthquake Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road, MS 977
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Suggested citation:

Kalkan, E., Banga, K., Ulusoy, H.S., Fletcher, J.P.B, Leith, W.S., Reza, S., and Cheng, T., 2012, Advanced earthquake monitoring system for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical buildings—instrumentation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1241, 143 p. (Available at




Selection of Hospital Buildings for Advanced Earthquake Monitoring

Instrumentation Objectives

Earthquake Monitoring Hardware and Installation

VA Medical Buildings


References Cited

Appendixes A and B

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