With the centralized scheduling of projects in the NHERI program, the first step to performing research at an Experimental Facility (EF) using time and resources devoted to the NHERI program is for researchers to file a Site Utilization Request Form (SURF). The SURF includes questions about the type of work to be performed, the types of equipment needed for the experiments, and the details of funding for the work. The SURF will be used by the NCO's Facility Scheduling and Operations Coordinator (FSOC) and staff of the EF sites requested to determine the viability of the project. Before completing a SURF, researchers are encouraged to review the list of available EF sites participating in the NHERI program and the Scheduling Protocol all NHERI projects will follow.
Researchers can request access to equipment at eight unique facilities participating in the NHERI program.
New projects in the NHERI scheduling protocol are requested by submission of a Site Utilization Request Form (SURF). An online version of the SURF is available to allow researchers to submit new project requests directly into the Microsoft Project Online environment of the Facility Scheduling Dashboard. It is available at the following location:
A Microsoft Office 365 account is required to access the form and data entry areas for each project within the Microsoft Project Online environment. Contact the Experimental Facility Manager for your project (listed to the right) to fill out the form or the NHERI Facility Scheduling and Operations Coordinator (FSOC), Daniel Zehner, to set up an account to fill out the form or to link an existing account.
Microsoft Project Online is a highly extensible environment for a wide range of project management needs. A quick tip guide has been compiled to aid researchers in learning how Project Online is being used by NHERI:
Florida International University – Maryam Refan, PhD
LeHigh University – Darrick J. Fritchman
Oregon State University – Pedro Lomonaco
University of California, Davis – Dan Wilson
University of California, San Diego – firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Florida – Jon Sinnreich, ME, PE
University of Texas at Austin – Farnyuh Menq
University of Washington – Jeffrey Berman
The DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure group has created a Slack team for the NHERI community. Slack is a collaborative messaging and sharing service which allows the community to communicate easily with each other and with groups organized around specific topics. The FSOC and many of the experimental facility site managers can be contacted through Slack.