SimCenter News

Regional Workflow for Hazard and Loss Estimation New Release v1.1.0

Published on February 12, 2019

The NHERI SimCenter has released a new version of the regional workflow for hazard and loss estimation (rWHALE v 1.1.0). This application framework enables researchers to create scientific workflows to study the effects of earthquakes on society at the regional scale.

The software tools utilize either HPC resources at DesignSafe-CI for large-scale simulations or local computational resources for testing, development, and smaller-scale simulations. The extensible framework presents an opportunity for community development to enhance simulation capabilities and tackle complex scientific questions in natural hazards research. In addition to the software tools, the SimCenter is releasing data to demonstrate running a large-scale simulation for buildings loss estimation on HPC resources.

This release includes preliminary data for the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred in Anchorage, Alaska on November, 30th, 2018. The data includes basic building information models for 84,435 buildings obtained from publicly available tax records and a set of recorded ground motions used to characterize the earthquake shaking experienced by the buildings.

See the Regional Hazards Workflow website for more information.

Changes for v1.1.0 :

  1. Added support to run on TACC Stampede2 supercomputer through DesignSafe-CI
  2. Added cross-platform build tools with native support for building local version on Windows
  3. Added a new EVENT application to use nearest available recorded ground motion (
  4. Added support for Python 3
  5. Improved dependency management