Numerous sponsors have contributed to the successes of the CGM and its users through their support of (1) facility and equipment developments, and (2) research using the developed facilities.
Establishment of the 9-m radius “National Geotechnical Centrifuge” in the mid 1980s was supported primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Awards MPS-7813922 and MPS-7826122 to the UC Davis – NASA Ames partnership and the University of California. Construction of the centrifuge enclosure in 1990 was supported by NSF through Award CMS-8714727. Additional support during this initial development phase was provided by the Tyndall Air Force Base, the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
The servo-hydraulic shaking table on the 9-m radius centrifuge was designed and constructed in the mid 1990s with support from the NSF through Awards CMMI-9106503 and CMMI-9601709, Caltrans, the Obayashi Corporation of Japan, and the University of California.
Major upgrades to the 9-m radius centrifuge and facility were implemented in 2000-2004 with support from NSF through Award No. CMS-0086566 as part of the George E. Brown, Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).
Numerous smaller facility improvements were realized from 2004-2014 when the facility was home to the NEES@UC Davis site with support from NSF under Awards CMMI-0402490 and CMMI-0927178.
The facility is currently serving as an NSF-sponsored Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructgure (NHERI) Experimental Facility with Centrifuges under Awards CMMI-1520581 (2016-2020) and CMMI 2037883 (2021-2025).
The facility has, since inception, also received strong financial and institutional support from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Engineering, and the University of California at Davis. We have also been fortunate to receive support from the local engineering community for specific facility developments, including contributions from Earth Mechanics, Fugro, and URS Corporation.
Support for research activities by the numerous internal and external users of the CGM has come from a broad array of sponsors ever since inception of the facility. A partial list of these research sponsors, along with project titles and Principal Investigator names, can be found on the Projects page.
The CGM leadership group, staff, and users all greatly appreciate the above support.