SimCenter Reports

State of the Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering (Report 2019-01)

This report provides an overview and review of simulation requirements and software tools for natural hazards engineering of the built environment.  The simulations discussed in this report are an essential component of research to address the three grand challenge areas and associated research questions outlined in the NHERI Science Plan: (1) quantifying natural hazards and their effects on civil infrastructure; (2) evaluating the vulnerability of civil infrastructure and social vulnerability of populations in at risk communities; and (3) creation of technologies and tools to design and implement measures to promote resilience to natural hazards. Accordingly, required simulation technologies encompass a broad range of phenomena and considerations, from characterization and simulation of natural hazards and their damaging effects on buildings and civil infrastructure, to quantifying the resulting economic losses, disruption, and other consequences on society. Ultimately, the goal is to enable high-fidelity and high-resolution models in regional simulations that can support technological, economic, and policy solutions to mitigate the threat of natural hazards.

In addition to summarizing the state-of-art in the various topic areas, each section of the report identifies major research gaps and needs, with the intent that researchers will prepare research proposals to NSF and other agencies to fill these gaps in order to advance the field. Further, the report summarizes how tools being developed by the NHERI SimCenter are advancing the state-of-art in simulating the effects of natural hazards on the built environment.



How to cite:

Gregory G. Deierlein, & Adam Zsarnóczay, eds. (2019, February 27). State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering. Zenodo.

Requirements Traceability Matrix

The RTM is a table linking requirements, deliverables, and tests. User requirements for the SimCenter were obtained by reviewing the vision documents referenced in the solicitation [2, 3, 5, 6] for wind and earthquake hazards for all perceived simulation needs and missing-links to attain the vision were gathered. These needs were transformed into user requirements, whose adaptation into software and services provided by SimCenter will be validated through rigorous testing protocols.