13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering a Success!

Published on June 1, 2017


Conference Co-Chair David Prevatt presents about NHERI at the 13th ACWE in Gainesville, Florida.


Julio Ramirez, director of NHERI’s Network Coordination Office, and the PIs and staff of the NHERI experimental facilities, Computational Modeling and Simulation Center and DesignSafe-CI attended last month’s 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering. The annual conference was organized by the NHERI facility at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Conference co-chairs were UF researchers Forrest Masters, David Prevatt, and Kurtis Gurley. Ramirez offers the following report on the May 21-24 event.

On May 23th, there were two sessions on NHERI. 

The first session, “NHERI I” was chaired by Professor Masters, PI of the NHERI at University of Florida facility. The session included the following presentations:

  • Wind Engineering Research at NSF: Prof. K. Metha from Texas Tech U.
  • NHERI Network Coordination Office and Science Plan: J. Ramirez, T. Smith, B. Edge, and B. Holmes
  • DesignSafe: A Cyberinfrastructure for Data Sharing and Analysis in Natural Hazards Engineering: Rathje, Dawson, Padgett, Pinelli, Stanzione, Hann Jr., and A. Kareem.
  • Overview of the NHERI Center for Computational Modeling and Simulation of Natural Hazards on the Built Environment: Mahin,Crittenton, Deierlein, Govindjee, Kareem, Lowes, McKenna and Schoetter
  • NHERI RAPID Experimental Facility: Gurley

The second session, "NHERI II," was chaired by Professor Ramirez and included the following presentations:

  • The NHERI Wall of Wind Experimental Facility at Florida International University: Chowdhury, Irwin, Zisis, and Refan
  • NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility: Natural Hazards Research Using Real-time Hybrid Simulation: Ricles, Sause, Kolay, Marullo and Kusko.
  • Overview of the NHERI Experimental Facility at the University of Florida: Masters, Rice, Gurley, and Prevatt
  • Precise Simulation of partial Boundary Layers in Wind Tunnels: Catarelli, Masters, Gurley, and Rice.
  • NSF Large-Scale, Shared-Use Experimental Facility for Coastal Wave/Surge and Tsunami Hazards: D. Cox, P. Lomonaco, and Higgins.

Ramirez observed that the NHERI sessions were extremely well attended, with an estimated 50 to 75 individuals.  Many of the attendees requested copies of the slides.

With permission from the organizers, the presentations will be made available soon via the DesignSafe Data Depot.

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