The Technology Transfer Committee (TTC) is a NHERI-sponsored group of volunteer practitioners and decision makers focused on strengthening the tie between NHERI researchers and the implementers of NHERI–developed technology. The members shall be experienced in contributing to the development of design guidelines, technical briefs, building/infrastructure codes and standards and technical seminars. A primary task will be to review the results of NHERI research projects to identify findings that could immediately lead to improvements in the design process that will result in mitigation of risk due to natural hazards. Other tasks that will result in stronger ties between NHERI researchers and the user community will be identified by the committee. Initially, as time and funding permits, reviews of NEES research may also be conducted.
In November 2019 the Technology Transfer Committee held an in-person meeting of committee members in Alexandria, Virginia. Topics included the presentation of several NHERI projects the committee has identified as having implementation potential, the discussion of a proposed publication of TTC findings, and plans for future TTC tasks. A report about the meeting has been released, and the presentations shown have been published to the DesignSafe Data Depot.
The TTC is appointed by the NHERI Council and will be composed of leaders in the engineering community with expertise in the behavior, design and construction practices using a diverse range of building materials and technical expertise. An ex officio member from the NHERI Network Coordination Office (NCO) Strategic Committee will be appointed to keep the NCO leadership apprised of committee progress and coordinate any needs of the committee with the rest of the natural hazard community. The User Forum (UF) will appoint one of its members to the TTC. The rest of the committee will consist of an additional 15-20 members with 2-year terms, with the opportunity of re-appointment by the NHERI Council. The TTC members will be selected from the following design communities with the intent of representing as many as practical:
The committee will be led by a chair, initially a representative of the NCO Strategic Committee. Subsequent chairs will be elected from within the committee although a representative of the NCO Strategic Committee will always be on the committee. The committee will form four interest groups: Earthquake, Wind, Tsunami/Storm surge, and Geotechnical. Committee members may serve on several of these interest groups. Each interest group will have a leader, selected by the committee chair. The committee chair and the four interest group leaders will form an executive committee that will facilitate organized and coordinated reviews of NHERI research by the committee members.
The primary objective of the TTC will be to identify key research projects that have been completed in recent years in the broad subject areas of wind, surge, tsunami, inundation, and earthquake that could lead to new design, construction, or assessment guidelines and/or standards that will reduce the risk to civil infrastructure.
Ongoing (or completed) NHERI research projects will be assigned to the appropriate TTC interest group or groups by the executive committee. Publicly available descriptions of the research will be reviewed to judge the potential for implementable findings. Since the direction and detail of many research projects could change during the life of the project, ongoing review may be necessary by following the Experimental Facility website, and reviewing papers or reports.
When appropriate, promising results or conclusions will be described by the interest group in an Initial Review Report (IRR) (e.g. one page), to include the site and Principal Investigator, the general nature of the project, the specific conclusions or finding that may be implementable and the logical group or committee that would interested in implementation. It is not anticipated that direct contact with the researcher will be made at this review level.
Twice a year (or more frequently if justified) the IRRs will be reviewed by the whole committee to decide 1) if the researcher should be contacted for further information or clarification, 2) if the research conclusions/findings should be forwarded to the appropriate implementers, and 3) the nature and extent of the material to be forwarded. These review efforts will be managed and coordinated by the TTC Executive Committee.
Other activities related to strengthening ties between NHERI researchers and the broader user committee will be identified and prioritized by the committee. These activities could include: