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Modal Analysis of the Heritage Court Tower

The measurements and analysis presented here are performed by Professor Carlos Ventura, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

The building considered here is the so-called Heritage Court Tower, which is located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a relatively regular 15-storey reinforced concrete shear core building. The building is located on top of an underground parking structure.

The measurements were conducted using an 8-channel measurement system. The sensors were Kinemetrics Episensor, forced balanced accelerometers. Modal analysis was conducted with ARTeMIS Modal Pro.

The configuration file as well as the measurement files for project is installed along with ARTeMIS Modal.

Related Information

The analysis results has also been used for Finite Element Updating using FEMtools of the above mentioned structure. For further description on this please see the paper:

C. E. Ventura, R. Brincker, E. Dascotte, P. Andersen.
FEM Updating of the Heritage Court Building Structure
Proceedings of the 19th International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC), Kissimmee, Florida, pp.324-330, 2001.

or visit the FEMtools home page at:

Pictures from the Test

The Heritage Court Tower building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:

The building from another angle:

A 2D measurement setup using Kinemetrics Episensors:


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