The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)’s annual convention
was held online on December 2-4, 2020. The dual-track technical program was filled with over 30 compelling presentations, starting with an opening plenary presentation by Greg Deierlein, SimCenter co-Director and Professor of Civil Engineering at Stanford University, “NHERI SimCenter: Computational Modeling and Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering
” about SimCenter tools that support research in natural hazards engineering. His presentation emphasized the relevance of computational modeling and simulation to the profession of structural engineering, and its role in designing for the future: to inform policy and land-use decisions. He presented illustrative applications that demonstrated how a large number of computations could be executed in a reasonable amount of time with SimCenter’s pelicun
tool, and how scenarios of regional simulations using SimCenter’s rWHALE
tool can inform retrofit or land-use decisions, and recovery planning.