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Submittals Due - September 7, 2018
Category Winners Notified - September 22, 2018

Webinar Archives

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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, data 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

SimCenter Welcomes 2018 Summer REU Students
July 18, 2018

The NHERI SimCenter is hosting three REU students at UC Berkeley this summer.



CWE-UQ Application
June 30, 2018

The SimCenter announces a new tool: CWE-UQ is a CFD interface to analyze the effect of wind on structures.



uqFEM Application
June 30, 2018
New software release! A tool to enhance modeling through the incorporation of Uncertainty Quantification.



Regional Earthquake Workflow
June 30, 2018

Demonstrating the SimCenter's computational framework, the Regional Earthquake Workflow is now accessible for execution, modification, and community enhancement. The extensible Scientific Workflow Application expands damage and loss estimations of single buildings to assessment of the entire region. Seeded with ground motion tools to facilitate research, the workflow is exemplified through a testbed scenario of the San Francisco Bay Area. 


EVW Learning Tool
June 30, 2018

Explore structural dynamics with a new educational app that bridges wind and seismic loading. Easily define your structure, wind parameters and earthquake ground motion to see their effects in a new Earthquake Versus Wind tool.