DesignSafe: The Platform for Natural Hazards Engineering Data
posted 07-15-19 | Today, thanks to advances in technology and the crusade to reuse results, data sets can be as valuable as the papers themselves, and DesignSafe has become the premiere NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure source for natural hazards engineering data.
Recreating Tsunamis Triggered by Underwater Volcanoes
posted 07-15-19 | To obtain vital data on tsunamis created by underwater volcanoes, Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Hermann Fritz is using NSF-funded research to conduct experiments simulating these volcanic events.
In Earthquake-Prone Regions, What Makes for a Resilient Home?
posted 07-15-19 | Earthquakes are a defining force of nature in places like Japan and the West Coast of the United States, and to help resist their effects a team of NSF-funded researchers participated in shake table experiments on full-scale wood-framed buildings at the world’s largest shake table, E-Defense, in Miki, Japan.
NHERI RAPID Facility Deploys
posted 02-12-19 | After two years of gathering community input, acquiring and commissioning equipment, and developing protocols for natural hazards reconnaissance data collection, the Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility, headquartered at the University of Washington, was officially launched in September 2018.
DesignSafe-CI Accelerates the "Resilience Curve"
posted 02-12-19 | According to David Roueche, wind engineer and assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons put the NSF-funded DesignSafe platform to the test – and it shows great promise.
Next Steps for NHERI Five-Year Science Plan
posted 02-12-19 | A two-day workshop is being held in March to discuss the future of the living document that is the NHERI Five-Year Science Plan by gathering input from the community in how it can best adapt to the always evolving world of hazard engineering.
Using Large Mobile Shakers for Non-destructive Infrastructure Testing
posted 11-27-18 | Rutger University's Nenad Gucunski and colleagues are utilizing the University of Texas, Austin "T-Rex" mobile shaker to conduct their EAGER study to investigate civil infrastructure in non-destructive ways.
New CONVERGE Center to Augment NHERI
posted 11-28-18 | With a $3 million NSF award, Lori Peek at University of Colorado-Boulder is leading efforts to create the CONVERGE center to tackle complex disaster research projects in exciting and innovative ways.
University of Florida Research Quantifies Tornado Loads on Residential Housing
posted 11-28-18 | University of Florida professor and researcher David Prevatt is studying the effects of tornado-induced loads on residential structures to better prepare engineers and builders for tackling the devastating damage of these wind disasters.
Tall Wood Buildings: Pursuing Earthquake Resilience and Sustainability
posted 07-30-18 | The NHERI Tall Wood project aims to change the way American cities build up. In an effort to enable the construction of seismically resilient tall buildings using sustainable wood material, structural engineers are exploring ways to construct buildings as tall as 20 stories using mass timber systems.
Novel Deep Learning Approach Allows Rapid Analysis of Visual Data
posted 07-30-18 | In the aftermath of a natural disaster, engineers arrive on the scene to document the consequences of the event on buildings, bridges, roads and pipelines. Aiming to learn from structural failures, reconnaissance teams take around 10,000 photos each day, moving quickly to capture crucial data before they are destroyed. Then, every image must be analyzed, sorted and described — tasks that take people a tremendous amount of time.
NHERI SimCenter Releases Four New Software Tools
posted 07-30-18 | The goal of the NHERI SimCenter is to provide the natural hazards engineering research and education community with access to next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials needed to advance the nation’s capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities.