The Quantified Uncertainty with Optimization for the Finite Element Method (quoFEM) application (formerly uqFEM) is intended to advance the use of uncertainty quantification and optimization within the field natural hazards engineering. The application achieves this by combining existing finite element applications, e.g. FEAPpv, with uncertainty quantification (UQ) applications, e.g. Dakota, behind a simple user interface (UI). The combined application will enhance the finite element applications with uncertainty quantification and optimization capabilities. To overcome the issue of computational overhead, which typically precludes these types of probabilistic analysis from being performed, the user has the option of specifying that the simulations take place on HPC resources, e.g. the TACC Stampede supercomputer made available through DesignSafe-ci.

The specific types of analyses that the quoFEM application provides are:

  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Calibration and Bayesian Calibration
  • Optimization
  • Sensitivity

Tool Training Workshop: May 24-25, 2021

quoFEM Day 1

quoFEM Day 2

Tool Training Workshop: June 15-16, 2020

quoFEM: Day 1

quoFEM: Day 2



Join the User Forum Conversation:

  • submit questions and get answers
  • provide user feedback
  • post feature requests
  • get bug reports

Recent Updates:

  • Included new sensitivity method: probability model-based global sensitivity analysis (PM-GSA)
  • Included new reliability method: transitional Markov chain Monte Carlo (TMCMC)
  • Option to allow user to include their own UQ engine
  • Option to allow user to include their own FEM engine


How to cite:

Frank McKenna, Adam Zsarnoczay, Michael Gardner, Sang-ri Yi, Wael Elhaddad, & Aakash Bangalore Satish. (2020, October 27).
NHERI-SimCenter/quoFEM: Version 2.2.0 (Version v2.2.0). Zenodo.