Telepresence regards the possibility for a remote user to participate to a test. Despite not being physically present in the Lab during testing, the user is provided with sufficient key information allowing him/her to be an active player of the test. Thus, more end-users are involved, increased visibility is achieved and time and cost expenditure are reduced.

Telepresence provides remote access to on- or off-line multimedia, synchronized data consisting of measurements, video, photos, audio, documents, etc.

A set of software tools developed by NEES (Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation) are used, the most important of which are:

  • RBNB: the Ring Buffer Network Bus (data turbine) is a Java application developed by Creare. It allows video streaming and DAQ, it performs buffering and routing, it handles connections for sources and sinks, it uses time stamps and it runs continuously.
  • RDV: the Real time Data Viewer is a Java application (initiated at University of Buffalo). It allows to connect any RBNB data turbine and to plot synchronized data and video, offering a high level and versatile workspace interface to visualize real-time data. It also includes playback capacities.
  • DaqToRbnb and AxisSource are tools which act as sources for the RBNB data turbine.

To watch tests while they are being performed or past tests please contact the Structures Laboratory staff.