Davis Hall

Equipment and facilities in Davis Hall include an extensive array of state-of-the-art testing systems. These include:

  • triaxial equipment in sizes up to 90 cm diameter
  • one and two-directional cyclic simple shear and torsional shear equipment
  • advanced triaxial and consolidation testing systems optimized for a variety of static and dynamic property evaluations
  • a scale-model testing laboratory equipped for both static and dynamic testing model studies
  • specialized equipment for coupled flow experiments
  • X-ray diffraction equipment and scanning electron microscope
  • 1-million pound stiff load frame with 20 ksi temperature-controlled triaxial chambers for deformation and pore pressure measurements on rocks
  • direct shear machines for tests on rock joints as large as 45 by 20 cm in area
  • a suite of conventional and experimental equipment for performing in-situ field tests to measure soil properties
  • specialized high-speed high resolution digitizer, network analyzer, and other equipment for building, calibrating, and using acoustic emission sensors


In addition, there is ready access to the facilities of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center (including library, computer programs, and the largest shaking table in North America) and the new National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility at the nearby Davis campus of the University of California.


The University of California, Berkeley has extensive campus-wide computing facilities. CEE is well-equipped with microcomputers and minicomputers, and has a network access to all major campus-wide computing systems.

Software library

The GeoSystems Program maintains an extensive software library and has been long recognized as a major developer of geotechnical software that is used widely by both practicing engineers and researchers, with programs such as SHAKE, QUAD4, FLUSH, SASSI, FEADAM and SSCOMPPC, and recently GeoFEAP, GEOGEN, FEQDRAIN and DDA for Windows.