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NHERI Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter)

The SimCenter provides next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials to the natural hazards engineering research community with the goal of advancing the nation's capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities.

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Featured Research Tool: quoFEM Application

The Quantified Uncertainty with Optimization for the Finite Element Method (quoFEM) application is designed to advance the integration of uncertainty quantification and optimization in the field of natural hazards engineering. This application accomplishes this goal by integrating established finite element applications such as OpenSees and FEAPpv with uncertainty quantification tools like Dakota through a user-friendly interface. By combining tools like these, quoFEM enhances finite element applications with robust uncertainty quantification and optimization functionalities.

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SimCenter Research Tools

These applications address basic and advanced modeling, analysis and simulation needs across an array of Natural Hazards. They incorporate uncertainty quantification (UQ) and optimization concepts. Downloadable apps, user manuals, user feedback, and relevant resources are available on the linked resource pages.

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Featured Educational Resource: SimCenter Teaching Gallery

The SimCenter Teaching Gallery provides teaching modules on a variety of engineering topics for use in course curriculums. Included in each module are: learning objectives, links to applicable SimCenter Research Tools, class materials (lecture slides, videos, homework assignments, and guides for instructors) as well as contact information for questions. The image below is from the course module "Nonlinear Response History Analyses of Structures."

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Recent News


SimCenter engagement at WCEE2024

SimCenter researchers and software developers actively participated in the 18th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE2024), which was held in Milan, Italy, on June 30-July 5, 2024. SimCenter contributions were referenced in plenary talks and featured in at least 16 presentations.


SimCenter engagement at EMI/PMC2024

SimCenter researchers and software developers actively engaged the engineering mechanics community at the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference and Probabilistic Mechanics & Reliability Conference, EMI/PMC 2024, which was held in Chicago, Illinois, on May 28-31, 2024.


SimCenter provides open citations to promote knowledge sharing

The latest six research tool software releases now feature a new auto-citation generator which streamlines your publication process by providing accurate and appropriate citations for the computational methods and models you use through our software. Effortlessly collect citations, give credit to essential work, and encourage community contributions.


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Training & Events


JULY 23-26, 2024

2024 NHERI Computational Academy, Austin, TX


JULY 25, 2024

10 - 10:45 AM Pacific
Live Expert Tips: "A Unified Framework and Library for Hurricane Risk Simulation"
Rachel Hamburger, University of Notre Dame


JULY 29-AUG 2, 2024

Online - SimCenter Programming
Bootcamp
- Register by July 19, 2024


SEPT 9-11, 2024

International Advanced School Soil Structure in OpenSees, SSI-OS, Assisi, Italy


SEPT 11-13, 2024

Computational Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction International Workshop, Assisi, Italy


FEB 5-7, 2025

NHERI Computational Symposium 2025, Luskin Center, UCLA - Save the Date!