NHERI SimCenter Community Meeting: Wrap-up and Videos


Berkeley, Calif., Jan. 26, 2022 – The NHERI SimCenter Renewal was launched at the Community Meeting held online on January 11, 2022. During the interactive meeting, major initiatives and activities that are planned for the next four years were presented and discussed, and information was provided about SimCenter resources available and opportunities for community participation.

Many thanks to the 170+ participants who attended and provided input during the six focused breakout sessions that solicited feedback on how the developed tools might be further enhanced to meet research needs. Lively discussions took place in these breakout sessions around topics including building inventory availability and enhancement through AI, surrogate modeling for regional simulations, facilitating contributions to the SimCenter framework, extending existing tools to domains like climate change and inland flooding, connecting across natural hazard disciplines for a greater impact, and a need to improve the nation’s ability to engineer solutions to extreme events through computational fluid dynamics.

“It was great to see the diversity of users, both seasoned and those curious of how the Center can impact their work. We are encouraged by the overall consensus in the feedback regarding our planned activities and excited by the interest of potential contributors, and we look forward to making those contributions available to the broader community,” said PI Sanjay Govindjee.

Videos of the plenary sessions are posted on the SimCenter Workshops page and include the following:

  1. Welcome and Goals (9:36)
    Sanjay Govindjee - UC Berkeley; PI and co-Director
    Gianluca Cusatis - NSF
  2. Current Software: Simulation Framework and Tools (19:29)
    Greg Deierlein - Stanford University; co-Director
  3. SimCenter Renewal Objectives: Years 6-9 (13:13)
    Sanjay Govindjee - UC Berkeley; PI and co-Director
  4. Community Engagement (15:28)
    Laura Lowes - University of Washington
    Greg Deierlein - Stanford University; co-Director

These videos are posted as a resource for attendees as well as for community members who could not attend. Here are ways to engage with the SimCenter:

  1. Software - to request new features or for questions about SimCenter tools, connect with the development team at the SimCenter Forum. Recently implemented user requests include:
    • An OpenQuake selection tool to graphically select fault sources in R2D.
    • An option to handle non-scalar (field) quantities of interest in quoFEM.
    • Seismic hazard disaggregation and computing a target response spectrum based on the disaggregated magnitude and distance in EE-UQ.
    • An option to prescribe performance models (i.e., component types & quantities) in a spreadsheet and import that file to PBE.
  2. Research applications - for more information about SimCenter tools and their application to your research or work, contact Adam Zsarnóczay (, Associate Director for Research Outreach.
  3. Proposal preparation - to discuss collaborations with the SimCenter, contact PI Sanjay Govindjee (
  4. For other inquiries, please contact the SimCenter at

Media Contacts

Professor Sanjay Govindjee
Grace Kang, (510) 642-3462

About the NHERI SimCenter

The NHERI Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter) provides researchers access to next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials needed to advance the capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities. The SimCenter’s cyber-infrastructure framework allows collaborative simulations from various disciplines to be integrated, while accounting for pertinent sources of uncertainty. More information about the NHERI SimCenter can be found at