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NEES Community Update - January 2013


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Research News
In the Network
Outreach News

2013 Upcoming Events


February 16
NEES Exhibit at Discover Engineering Family Day

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February 19
NEES Visits Morgan State University

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April 15
10NCEE Special Session Proposals Due

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Director's Letter

In our last update of 2012, we invited all of you to help us capture and broadly disseminate the impact of NEES work. We start this update, the first of 2013, with a feature item highlighting important research and value of the network. We will continue featuring notable examples in each update of 2013.


Julio Ramirez
NEES Chief Officer and NEEScomm Center Director

NEES@Berkeley: Peter Dusicka, "NEESR-II: Toward Rapid Return to Occupancy in Unbraced Steel Frames"

Prof. Peter Dusicka from Portland State University Department of Civil Engineering and his team investigate methods for keeping a structure viable after an earthquake and is investigating a linked column steel framing system that utilizes replaceable components.

This project highlights network values such as coordination, sharing of resources and benefit of scale. The project was originally intended for the NEES@Reno Site. Leveraging the network to meet the schedule needs of the researcher and sites, Prof. Dusicka worked with NEEScomm and the sites NEES@Reno and NEES@Berkeley to move and schedule the project to the NEES@Berkeley Site. Hardware resources, which will remain at NEES@Berkeley until the end of the tests, were shared between the two NEES sites to make possible the execution of the experiments. Furthermore, the instrumentation list of the test specimen called for 230+ channels of data acquisition. While the NEES@Berkeley’s capability is limited to 192, the site worked with NEES@UCLA to receive on loan sufficient channels to make the test possible for Prof. Duzicka.

Photo: Global View of Dusicka's Experimental Setup.

NEES Special Session Proposal Deadline for 10NCEE and NEES Annual Meeting in 2014

NEES is collaborating with EERI in the organization of a joint annual meeting during the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering to be held July 21-25, 2014 in Anchorage Alaska. The full announcement can be found at: The deadline for submitting your proposals is fast approaching! Send your proposals to Julio Ramirez
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by April 15, 2013!

We look forward to receiving your proposal or proposals using the following link to download the template: Consider unique topics, thinking "outside the box", for these sessions!

NEES REU Program 2013

The NEESreu program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) is a dynamic 10-week summer research program at various research sites with mentorship of faculty and graduate students, sponsored by the National Science Foundation for upper division undergraduate students interested in Civil, Electrical or Computer Engineering, and other fields related to seismic risk mitigation.

The application for the Summer 2013 NEES REU program is now available online. The submission deadline is February 28th, 2013 at 8:00 am PDT. For more information and necessary forms visit NEEShub at:

Questions or comments about the application process? Please contact Alicia Lyman-Holt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the News

T-Rex Heads to Christchurch

With the recent NSF award of a RAPID/EAGER project, NEES@UTexas under the direction of Principal Investigators Henri Gavin, Brady Cox, and Ken Stokoe will be performing deep soil profiling at the Christchurch Women’s Hospital, located in Christchurch, New Zealand. With the use of the NEES@UTexas T-Rex truck, nine networked triaxial accelerometers and three displacement sensors, installed at three levels within the structure, will allow for remote monitoring of aftershock responses and rapid data processing.

Prof. Brady Cox just returned from Christchurch, where he used strategically placed arrays of seismometers to record ambient soil vibrations (microtremors) in an attempt to profile the deep, soft sediments underlying the city. Now, he will return with T-Rex to verify his findings. T-Rex will roll on its 5-foot-tall tires onto a cargo ship, Tonsberg v302, at Galveston, Texas and arrive in New Zealand in March. The seismic data gathered with T-Rex will inform engineers, on an area-by-area basis, how to rebuild structures in Christchurch to resist future earthquakes. It will also benefit seismically active areas of the United States underlain by similar deep sedimentary basins, such as Los Angeles and Seattle.

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Photo: Professor Brady Cox

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The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded organization of which the goals are part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s (NEHRP) coordinated effort to address earthquake risk in the United States.  The NEES mission to accelerate improvements in seismic design and performance by serving as an indispensable collaboratory for discovery and innovation.  Cooperative Agreement CMMI-0927178

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