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Reconfiguring practice: the interdependence of experimental procedure and computing infrastructure in distributed earthquake engineering

By Grace de la Flor, Mobin Ojaghi, Ignacio Lamata Martínez, Marina Jirotka, Martin S. Williams and Anthony Blakeborough


When transitioning local laboratory practices into distributed environments, the interdependent relationship between experimental procedure and the technologies used to execute experiments becomes highly visible and a focal point for system requirements. We present an analysis of ways in which this reciprocal relationship is reconfiguring laboratory practices in earthquake engineering as a new computing infrastructure is embedded within three laboratories in order to facilitate the execution of shared experiments across geographically distributed sites. The system has been developed as part of the UK Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation e-Research project, which links together three earthquake engineering laboratories at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. We consider the ways in which researchers have successfully adapted their local laboratory practices through the modification of experimental procedure so that they may meet the challenge of coordinating distributed earthquake experiments.The full-text of this article is not available in ORA, but you may be able to access the article via the publisher copy link on this record page

Topics: Computing, Engineering & allied sciences, Internet and science and learning, distributed hybrid testing, earthquake engineering, workplace studies, requirements engineering, e-research, usability
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0140
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