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4th Workshop on China-USA Collaboration for Disaster Evolution/Resilience of Civil Infrastructure and Urban Environment  edit    delete

Category: Workshop
Description: Co-chairs: Prof. Julio A. RAMIREZ (Purdue University, USA)
Prof. Jinping OU (Dalian University of Technology, China)

Sponsors: US National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

NEES@UNR, University of Nevada, Reno

August 8-9, 2013


The purpose of this workshop is to (i) generate opportunities for research collaboration using facilities and data exchange, (ii) discuss testbeds where researchers can engage in the validation of models and simulation tools, and (iii) provide a forum where researchers and funding agencies from China and the USA can discuss and promote synergistic collaboration, as well as the linkages necessary to facilitate this collaboration. The ultimate objective of this workshop is to establish partnerships to improve the disaster evolution/resilience of civil infrastructure and urban environment in both countries and around the world.


The Workshop will include a combination of plenary presentations from China and USA researchers describing six ongoing joint projects and working sessions on two distinct topics:

• Simulation: As defined herein, hybrid simulation includes both physical and computational experimentation. In this area, the facilities have a tremendous impact, and where the network has seen increases in activity. Some of the topics to be covered should consider an assessment of current software linking simulation and testing, identification of possible platforms for future development, and the balance between incremental improvements and transformational technologies in this area.

• Monitoring: The ability to continuously monitor the integrity of structures in real-time can provide for increased safety to the public. Assessment of structural integrity after catastrophic events, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, or fires, is vital. Additionally, structures internally, but not obviously, damaged in an earthquake may be in great danger of collapse during aftershocks; structural monitoring can help to identify such structures to enable evacuation of building occupants and contents prior to aftershocks. Furthermore, after natural disasters, it is imperative that emergency facilities and evacuation routes, including bridges and highways, be assessed for safety.

Each working group will be assigned 2 co-chairs, one from each delegation, and one recorder. Members of the working groups will be asked to actively participate in discussions intended to advance the partnership between researchers in China and the USA associated with the topic of their working group. The goal is to generate discussion eliciting ideas and opinions from the group about the topic. After these focused discussions are completed, the working group chairs and recorder will prepare a report about the discussions and opinions expressed in the sessions, and formulate specific recommendations for the working groups. On the second day, the groups will convene in a plenary session to develop final workshop resolutions.


University of Nevada, Reno


Thursday, August 8, 2013

04:00pm: Introduction to the workshop, brief welcome remarks:
o Prof Ian Buckle (NEES@UNR Principal Investigator)
o Dr. Joy Pauschke (NEES Program Director, NSF)
o Jinping OU (China Delegation)
o Julio RAMIREZ (NEES/NEEScomm Center Director)

04:30pm: Plenary lectures (6 talks from each side, 20 minutes for each talk)
o Monitoring & Validation for Dynamic Behavior of Structures Subjected
to Earthquake and Strong Wind. Research Team: Hui Li
(HIT), Zheng He (DUT), Bill F Spencer Jr. (UIUC) and James L Beck (Caltech).
o Hybrid Simulation between US and China. Research Team: Bin Wu (HIT),
Yurong Guo (HU), Tao Wang (IEM), Shirley Dyke (PU), and Jian Zhang (UCLA).
o Multi-scale Comprehensive Simulation on Dynamic Catastrophe/Destruction
of Complicated High- Rise Building Structures. Research Team:
Jie Li (TU), and Roberto Leon (VT).

05:30pm: Working Dinner buffet style (including vegetarian, fish and chicken dishes).

06:15pm: Plenary lectures (continue…)
o Structural Seismic Process Simulation and Control under Multiple Ground
Motions. Research Team: Hongnan Li (DUT) and Satish Nagarajaiah (RU).
o Studies on earthquake-resilience and performance-based design for
super-tall building structures. Research Team: Jiaru Qian, Xilin Lu (TU), Gregory Deierlein (SU), and Steve Mahin (UCB).
o Joint development of OpenSees and its applications in earthquake-induced
disaster evolution of civil infrastructures. Research Team: Jinping Ou,
Zheng He (DUT), Li Chen (TU), Quan Gu (XU), Stephen Mahin (UCB), Joel
Conte (UCSD), Frank McKenna (UCB), Gilberto Mosqueda (UCSD),
Juan Caicedo (UofSC)

07:30pm: Adjournment

Friday, August 9, 2013

08:00 am: Depart from Hotel via Charter Bus

08:40 am: Special Lecture- Shake Table Studies of A Two-Span Bridge with Restrainers and Dampers - Jianzhong Li (Tongji U.), Zhang Hua (Tongji U.), and M. Saiid Saiidi (UNR)

09:00am: Working group meetings

10:30am: Coffee Break

11:00am: Workshop reports and plenary discussion

12:00pm: Lunch

13:00pm: Closing Session and Workshop Resolutions

14:30pm: Tour and Demonstration- NEES @Reno Laboratory

15:30pm: Depart to Hotel via Charter Bus
When: Thursday 08 August, 2013 5:00 am PDT - Friday 09 August, 2013 2:00 pm PDT
Where: NEES@UNR, University of Nevada, Reno
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  2. Civil Infrastructure
  3. Disaster Evolution / Resilience
  4. nees@unr
  5. Urban Environment
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