To better understand how structures perform, we regularly collaborate with other researchers and research facilities across the United States. We often donate products to universities for testing purposes, and our engineers volunteer their time to teach courses. We also lend financial support to further research efforts. A few examples include our donations to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA establishing thebob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 Excellence Fund and bob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 ® Research and Testing Lab, to California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo for the construction of thebob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 ® Materials Demonstration Lab, teaming with researchers at Colorado State University to conduct seismic testing of multi-story, wood-frame buildings, and donating product and providing technical expertise for a series of earthquake tests for cold-formed steel-framed buildings at Johns Hopkins University.
Ongoing collaboration with academia enables us to learn from others, share our expertise and provide a broader knowledge of structural safety. That helps the industry as a whole to build safer, stronger structures.
Some of the academic institutions that we have worked with include:
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Read about the design of the lab in the October 2010 issue of ourStructural Report newsletter.