The UC Davis Center for Geotechnical Modeling: results and impacts from the NSF Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation program

Presenter(s): Dan Wilson, UC Davis

The National Science Foundation’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) program, in broad terms, funded open access for researchers in the United States to work on advanced experimental engineering facilities. In return, researchers were expected to share their data through a curated data repository for others to freely use. This was the first distributed major research equipment project in NSF, and relied upon high speed networking between facilities and data to work.

NEES recently ended, but NSF is continuing the program under the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) RFP (proposal currently pending). This program will continue under the same general framework, but it adds wind engineering to earthquake engineering in the experimental facilities, and it expands upon the computational simulation platform in addition to the experimental facilities.

Both programs rely heavily upon the high speed interconnectedness of the resources to enable and support shared use access.