Welcome to the NHERI Simulation Center (SimCenter)

Upcoming Events


Programming Bootcamp
July 30 - Aug 3, 2018

Location: UC Berkeley (registration link to be posted soon)

Webinar Archives

Visit the Knowledge Hub to view past SimCenter Webinars.


What is the SimCenter?

The goal of the SimCenter is to provide the natural hazards engineering research and education community with access to next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials needed to advance the nation’s capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities. In addition, the new center will enable leaders to make more informed decisions about the need for and effectiveness of potential mitigation strategies.

The SimCenter will provide modeling and simulation tools using a new open-source framework that: (1) addresses various natural hazards, such as windstorms, storm surge, tsunamis, and earthquakes; (2) tackles complex, scientific questions of concern to disciplines involved in natural hazards research, including earth sciences, geotechnical and structural engineering, architecture, urban planning, risk management, social sciences, public policy, and finance; (3) utilizes machine learning to facilitate and improve modeling and simulation using data obtained from experimental tests, field investigations, and previous simulations; (4) quantifies uncertainties associated with the simulation results obtained; (5) utilizes the high-performance parallel computing, dXata assimilation, and related capabilities to easily combine software applications into workflows of unprecedented sophistication and complexity; (6) extends and refines software tools for carrying out performance-based engineering evaluations and supporting decisions that enhance the resilience of communities susceptible to multiple natural hazards; and (7) utilizes existing applications that already provide many of the pieces of desired computational workflows.

Recent News

NHERI SimCenter Leadership Transition
February 22, 2018
NSF has announced Professor Sanjay Govindjee from UC Berkeley as the SimCenter’s new PI.

Stephen A. Mahin passes away, February 10, 2018
February 21, 2018
The SimCenter mourns the passing of Stephen A. Mahin on February 10, 2018.


Postdoctoral Positions Available at UC Berkeley's SimCenter

The SimCenter has multiple immediate openings in software development for postdoctoral researchers. Competitive applicants will have strong software development experience with knowledge of computational modeling systems for structural analysis, wind modeling, tsunami modeling, and/or geo-technical simulation. Candidates will ideally have demonstrated interest or experience in one or more of the following areas: machine learning; probabilistic simulation; performance based engineering; experimental testing; and/or community resilience.

Candidates should submit their application materials as a single pdf file (< 5 MB), including a short motivational letter, their CV, and copies of academic credentials with attention to: Professor Sanjay Govindjee, s_g@berkeley.edu. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Review of applications began on February 16, 2018, and will continue until the positions are filled. A successful candidate is expected to start working in Berkeley from late spring 2018 or no later than mid summer 2018.


2017 ABAG study identifies expected housing losses in the Bay Area after an earthquake
February 8, 2018



Hayward fault earthquake simulations increase fidelity of ground motions
February 8, 2018

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore  (LLNL) and Lawrence Berkeley (LBNL) national laboratories have computed 3D ground shaking from a M7 scenario earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area with far greater fidelity than previously achieved.