UTHSC Institute of Molecular Medicine

Fugro Consultants, LP
Houston, TX

Field Testing of Tension Cable Anchorage Plates

Steel plates embedded in concrete beams served as the anchor points for high tension cables supporting a unique full-story glass wall system. Given their critical function, the WJE project team tested the embedded plates in a manner that would provide confidence in their ability to perform as intended.


The Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) is a state-of-the-art laboratory and lecture facility at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The six-story structure includes a full-height glass wall that is supported by tensioned cables.


In order to provide meaningful results related to the functionality of the system, WJE engineers developed and executed a complete test protocol, including the selection of test specimens, instrumentation design, and monitoring of specimen performance under load.