NHERI Lehigh Researcher Workshop

Meeting the Challenges of Natural Hazards Mitigation Through Advanced Simulation

December 9-10, 2021
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

This NHERI researcher workshop will be held at the NHERI Lehigh’s Real-Time Multi-Directional (RTMD) Facility in Bethlehem, PA to enable participants to learn more about the facility capabilities through presentations and demonstrations, to network with colleagues in the natural hazard mitigation field, and to seek guidance on planned research proposals. The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Disseminate information on the use of the NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility (EF) to conduct state-of-the-art research and recent advances in simulation to mitigate the effects of natural hazards on the civil infrastructure
  • Identify challenges and the role of the NHERI program in addressing these challenges
  • Showcase the newly expanded capabilities for structural testing and simulation, including the Real-time Cyber-Physical Structural Systems Testing Facility, that enables state-of-the-art computational simulations and experiments to be performed for developing resilient solutions to natural hazards mitigation
  • Facilitate sharing of ideas and research collaboration among workshop participants; and
  • Identify and develop opportunities for researchers to utilize the NHERI Lehigh EF.

For planning purposes, the workshop is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8:30 am on Thursday, December 9 and conclude by 12:30 pm on Friday, December 10.

Limited participant support costs up to $900 per participant are available and should be requested at the time of registration. Participant support funding will be distributed on a first-come basis until all funds are allocated, but priority will be given to faculty and new users who plan to submit NSF proposals that intend to use the NHERI Lehigh EF or to use data accessible through DesignSafe. Participant support will be provided through reimbursement following the submittal and review of allowable expense receipts at the conclusion of the workshop. All participant support requests will be confirmed or denied by NHERI Lehigh to registrants no later than 14 calendar days prior to the workshop so that travel arrangements can be made by the registrant.

All attendees will be required to adhere to Lehigh University’s COVID safety protocols while onsite. Current protocols state that, in addition to the daily completion of a visitor COVID screening questionnaire and the wearing of masks while inside Lehigh University facilities, all individuals visiting campus for a conference or workshop lasting more than one day must be fully vaccinated. All conference or workshop attendees are required to submit to the conference organizer confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination prior to arrival to participate in on-campus events. This information will be kept secure and confidential for a period of one month following the workshop to aid in contact tracing. After one month, this information will be deleted for privacy reasons.

Questions can be addressed to NHERI Lehigh Operations Manager Chad Kusko at chk205@lehigh.edu or 610-75-5299.

Workshop Registration