The DesignSafe Dataset Awards


Outstanding Datasets Recognized Annually

The DesignSafe Dataset Awards recognize outstanding datasets published in the Data Depot data repository. Multiple Dataset Awards are recognized annually and the selection committee considers datasets across the different types of data models (e.g., experimental, simulation, hybrid simulation, field research, other). The selection criteria include:

  • Quality and clarity of the curation
  • Potential for data re-use
  • Uniqueness of the dataset

Awards Selection and Recognition

Awards are announced every Spring. The authors associated with the selected datasets are:

  • Recognized with a feature story on the DesignSafe website.
  • Awarded a certificate and Amazon Gift card.
  • Invited to give a presentation at a future DesignSafe workshop or webinar.

Eligibility & Nominations

Datasets published in DesignSafe between January 1 and December 31 of the designated year are eligible. Nominations open every Fall/Winter, and are announced on the website and via email.


2022 Awardees

Dataset PRJ-1379
Experimentally Validated Stochastic Numerical Framework to Generate Multi-Dimensional Fragilities for Hurricane Resilience Enhancement of Transmission Systems


The dataset evaluates a scaled aeroelastic model of a self-supported steel-lattice transmission tower and a multi-span transmission line system subjected to simulated hurricane winds. The aeroelastic tests were conducted at the NSF Wall of Wind Experimental Facility at the Florida International University. Their dataset contains three experiments on different models that include a single tower without insulators, three towers with conductors, and three towers with ruptured conductors.

Authors: Ziad Azzi, Ashkan Bagheri Jeddi, Amal Elawady, Arindam Gan Chowdhury, Yousef Mohammadi Darestani, Abdollah Shafieezadeh, James Erwin, and Dejiang Chen

Dataset PRJ-2828
Centrifuge Testing of Liquefaction-Induced Downdrag on Axially Loaded Piles

The dataset investigates how liquefaction-induced downdrag can add to the structural load applied to a pile foundation during earthquake shaking. The data was generated by inducing liquefaction in scale soil models in the University of California, Davis Geotechnical Centrifuge. Their dataset includes two well-documented experiments, one with uniform and the other with interbedded liquefiable deposits.

Authors: Sumeet Kumar Sinha, Katerina Ziotopoulou, and Bruce Kutter

Dataset PRJ-2143
Experimental Investigation of Wave, Surge, and Tsunami Transformation over Natural Shorelines


The dataset examines the potential of mangroves to attenuate wave heights and reduce loads on sheltered structures through a prototype-scale physical model. The tests were performed at the NHERI Experimental Facility at Oregon State University. Their experiment considers six different model layouts that consider the effectiveness of combining three levels of mangrove density with the presence or absence of a structural barrier.

Authors: Kiernan Kelty, Tori Tomiczek, Daniel Cox, and Pedro Lomonaco

Dataset PRJ-3324
Personal Heat Exposure

The dataset assesses the health impact of a simultaneous city-wide power outage and heatwave in the cities of Phoenix, Arizona; Detroit, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia. The data includes both quantitative data in the form of temperature and humidity measurements made with sensors provided to each human participant as well as qualitative data in the form of participant-completed time-activity diaries that document their experiences. This dataset represents one of the first published social science datasets in DesignSafe.

Authors: Lance Watkins, Mary Wright, Paul Chakalian, Elizabeth Kurtz, and David Hondula


2021 Awardees

Dataset PRJ-2113
StEER - Hurricane Michael

Learning from Hurricane Michael
StEER post-event reconnaissance helps assess building response to historic storm


On October, 10 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall just south of Panama City, FL. The natural hazards engineering community swiftly deployed a Field Assessment Structural Team (FAST) through StEER and a complementary reconnaissance team through the RAPID EF. The StEER team broadly assessed the performance of a representative subset of structural typologies in coastal and inland areas, while the RAPID collected using a variety of technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles, laser scanners and applied streetview.

Authors: D. Roueche, T. Kijewski-Correa, J. Berman, A. Lyda with Cleary, Gurley, Marshall, Pinelli, Prevatt, Smith, Ambrose, Brown, Moravej, Palmer, Rawajfih, Rihner, Dafni, Yeung, Grasso, Johnson, Mongold


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Dataset PRJ-1648
University of Auckland Lightly Reinforced Concrete Wall Tests

Christchurch Earthquake Damage Mystery Spurs Research
Concrete wall seismic test data using DesignSafe-CI portal helps revise New Zealand and U.S. building code


A series of experimental tests of large-scale lightly reinforced concrete walls were conducted to investigate minimum vertical reinforcement provisions and formed the basis for revisions to the structural codes in New Zealand and the US. This dataset summarizes the results from the 11 tested walls including all sensor data (load cell, LVDT, string-pot displacement gauge, displacement transducer and strain gauge) and photos that were taken throughout the testing.

Authors: R. Henry and Y. Lu


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Dataset PRJ-2290
Hurricane Matthew Storm Surge and Wave Simulations with Data Assimilation

On the Level with Hurricane Matthew
Data assimilation using DesignSafe-CI portal improves coastal water level models of storm surge


This dataset includes model simulations and data analyses in support of a study developing and testing a new data assimilation technique to improve coastal water level model accuracy. The study used three different sources for the model's wind and pressure (meteorological) inputs to force the ADCIRC+SWAN coupled ocean circulation and wave model for simulations of Hurricane Matthew (2016). Results showed that the data assimilation method substantially reduced model error by correcting for gradual errors in water levels. These data can be used for study of model hindcast performance, work on data assimilation methodology, or model sensitivity to meteorological inputs.

Lead Author: Taylor Asher


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Dataset PRJ-2937
CPT-Based Liquefaction Case Histories Resulting from the 2010-2016 Canterbury, New Zealand, Earthquakes: A Curated Digital Dataset (Version 2)

Sinking After Earthquakes
Treasure-trove of 2010-2016 Canterbury earthquake liquefaction case histories shared


This dataset consists of approximately 15,000 CPT-based liquefaction case-histories compiled from three earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand. The compiled, post-processed data is presented in a dense array structure, allowing researchers to easily access and analyze a wealth of information pertinent to free-field seismic liquefaction response for a series of earthquakes closely spaced in time.

Authors: M. Geyin, B. Maurer, B. Bradley, R. Green, S. van Ballegooy


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