SimCenter Tool Training:

July 8-10, 2020

10am - 11am PST Webinar | 2pm - 3pm PST Office Hours


The NHERI SimCenter is hosting a new remote training event for computational wind engineering using the Wind Engineering with Uncertainty Quantification (WE-UQ) application. WE-UQ is a cloud-enabled application to determine the response, including uncertainty quantification, of a structure to wind loading. The tool focuses on the structural model, simulation options for the wind event, and quantifying uncertainties, given that the properties of the building and the wind event are not known exactly, and that the user makes simplifying assumptions in the numerical modeling.

Participants will first learn how to set up and run a simulation workflow that starts with configuring parameters for the structural model and wind event simulation to generate structural response estimations. Stochastic and database event options to simulate the wind loading will be covered. The second day will introduce the Turbulence Inflow Tool, which collects the input parameters for various turbulence inflow models in OpenFOAM and augments a wind-around-a-building model with sections in the respective parameter definition files to implement the turbulence inflow model. Finally, the third day will help those who plan to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of WE-UQ including turbulence inflow models and user-provided computational fluid dynamics event options.

The three day, online training will be held July 8-10, 2020 with topics outlined below. On each day, the training will start with a 45-minute live, tool demo followed by questions and answers. Participants will receive a daily exercise to complete offline that reinforces the demonstrated capabilities. SimCenter Developers will host office hours at 2pm Pacific to field questions related to the exercise.

  • Day 1: Introduction to WE-UQ and exploring stochastic and database event options
  • Day 2: Introduction to the Turbulence Inflow (TinF) Tool
  • Day 3: Computational Wind Engineering with TinF and user-provided CFD event options in WE-UQ


Ahsan Kareem, Professor and NHERI SimCenter coPI

Frank McKenna, NHERI SimCenter software architect

Jiawei Wan, NHERI SimCenter postdoctoral researcher

Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein, Professor and NHERI SimCenter Senior Personnel

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