A Cloud-based Environment for Research in Natural Hazards Engineering



Relevant news, field-based opportunities, and user-guided discussions aimed at bringing the natural hazards engineering community together.



A comprehensive cloud-based research environment for experimental, theoretical, and computational engineering and science.



Shared-use sites including Experimental Facilities, the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center, and the Network Coordination Office.


Training resources, site support, outreach, and student engagement opportunities to enhance research and better utilize DesignSafe's toolbox.

Featured News

The 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering

Hurricane Joaquin (NOAA)

posted 09-22-16
The 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering (13ACWE) will be held in Gainesville, Florida on May 21-24, 2017 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. Abstract submissions deadline is Oct 31, 2016.

News & Features

Archive of news and highlights including research discoveries, program announcements, and upcoming meetings.

Virtual Communities of Practice

Forums for sharing information within specified communities.

Web Conferencing Service

DesignSafe provides Web Conferencing Services to facilitate your natural hazards engineering collaborations.

Service Notices

DesignSafe Status: Available
10-18-2016 7:00AM
There are currently no planned maintenance events scheduled.

Data Depot

Full lifecycle data curation - discover, publish, share, upload/download.

Discovery Workspace

Cloud-based tools for data analysis, computational simulation, and visualization to support research.

Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS)

DesignSafe technical staff collaborating with your research team.

Developer's Portal

Build your own tools and embed DesignSafe capabilities into your applications via our API.

Reconnaissance Integration Portal

Access reconnaissance data collected within a geospatial framework.

Getting Started

Quick Start Guide, Workbench User Guide, and Help links to support site visitors and users.

The NHERI Facilities include shared-use Experimental Facilities, the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), and the Network Coordination Office (NCO).  The NHERI Experimental Facilities are shared-use experimental laboratories for research in natural hazards engineering. The RAPID Experimental Facility provides resources for post-disaster, rapid-response research to gather perishable data immediately following a natural hazard. The SimCenter develops new community-prioritized computational modeling and simulation software with new capabilities for earthquake, wind, and multi-hazard engineering.The NCO serves as the NHERI-wide program coordinator.



Experimental Facilities

Explore the shared-used experimental facilities available for natural hazards engineering research.


Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter)

Community-driven, open source computational & simulation tools.

Network Coordination Office (NCO)

Coordination of NHERI-wide activities and awardees.

Training & Events

DesignSafe Webinar: Jupyter, Python, and the Scientific Workflow
10-26-2016 | Using DesignSafe to build a Jupyter Notebook in Python.

Florida International University Experimental Facility Workshop
11-18-2016 | Discuss NSF submission opportunities using the Wall of Wind.

University of California, San Diego Experimental Facility Workshop
12-12&13-2016 | Discuss NSF submission opportunities using the large-scale shake table.

Training Resources

Self-paced online training, workshops, and webinars.

Student Engagement

Opportunities for students to learn about and participate in natural hazards engineering research.



An expanding collection of the most frequently asked questions.