Characterization of Human Motion Through Floor Vibration Conference Paper uri icon


  • With the new Signature Engineering Building at Virginia Tech over 250 accelerometers and other sensors (temperature, wind, etc.) are being installed to capture building data in real-time. This program allows the study of myriad topics associated with building design and operation from infancy through the useful life of the structure. Topics include structural health monitoring, building occupancy patterns for improving sustainable development, and studies on floor vibrations and human motion, among many other topics. This paper presents initial information on corridor instrumentation, including pilot data taken from four accelerometers mounted in the fourth floor corridor. Accelerometer data was collected for the case from someone walking and then running down the corridor. Initial observations are presented from the pilot data to demonstrate the type and form of data that can be obtained from this setup. The results from this study demonstrate consistency with foot impact trends seen in literature, and confirm the feasibility of the system to be used in future studies.

published proceedings

  • Dynamics of Civil Structures, Volume 4

author list (cited authors)

  • Hamilton, J. M., Joyce, B. S., Kasarda, M. E., & Tarazaga, P. A.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Hamilton, JM||Joyce, BS||Kasarda, ME||Tarazaga, PA

editor list (cited editors)

  • Catbas, F. N.

publication date

  • March 2014