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NEES 1st Annual Meeting


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NEEShub 1st Annual Meeting

The First Annual Meeting of the NEES Consortium was held May 20-21, 2003 at the Yarrow Hotel in Park City, Utah. The event was over-subscribed with a large and enthusiastic audience, well-received presentations, and productive discussions and breakout sessions.

About the Venue

Park City, Utah was chosen as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympics because of its spectacular mountain location. Park City is also a wonderful vacation destination in May when the weather has warmed up. It is home to a wide variety of sports, shopping, and cultural opportunities, including the Sundance Film Festival. Check out for more information.


Members of the NEES Consortium during the plenary session.

Annual Meeting Program Details and Pesentations

WEDNESDAY - MAY 21, 2003
7:45-8:45 am Continental Breakfest & Registration: Pick up binder and NEES polo shirt
8:45-9:00 am Welcome, Expected Outcomes of Meetings and Agenda Overview: Ian Buckle, Interim NEES Consortium President
9:00-9:10 am Resolution of Support from Interim NEES Consortium Board of Directors: Bob Reitherman, Interim NEES Consortium President

9:10-9:20 am Welcome from NSF: Joy Pauschke, NSF Program Director for NEES
9:20-10:00 am NSF Expectations for NEES: Galip Ulsoy, Director, Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems, NSF
10:00-10:30 am Keynote Address: Marta Macias Brown, President, Brown Foundation
10:30-11:00 am Break
11:00-11:30 am On the Startup of a New and Unique Entity: Andrew Neitlich, NEES Consortium development management consultant
11:30-12:30 pm Overview of NEES Committee and Organizational Structure and Update on Current State of the Organization: Bob Nigbor, Univ. of Southern California, NEES Consortium Co-PI
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch; Luncheon Speaker: Thomas O'Rourke, EERI President, "Update on NEHRP"
1:30-1:50 pm NRC Report on a Long-Term Research Agenda for NEES: Richard Little, NRC>
1:50-2:15 pm EERI Research Plan: Gregory Fenves, UC Berkeley
2:15-2:45 pm NEES Grand Challenge Research: Steven McCabe, Program Manager, NSF
2:45-3:15 pm Perspectives on Developing Collaborative Research Proposals:
  1. Perspectives on Developing Collaborative Research Proposals - Roberto Leon, Georgia Tech
  2. Collaboration: Moderate Scale - Catherine French, Univ. of Minnesota
  3. Lessons Learned from Preparing Multi-Site Proposals - Sharon Wood, University of Texas at Austin
  4. NEES Challenge - Collaboration between a Small Program and a NEES Site - M "Saiid" Saiidi, University of Nevada-Reno
3:15-6:00 pm NEES "Science Fair": Introduced by Sharon Wood, University of Texas at Austin and NEES Consortium Development Co-PI. Each NEES Equipment Site and NEES System Integrator has a "station" to discuss/demonstrate capabilities. Refreshments served.
6:00-7:00 pm Reception (ligh hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar)

THURSDAY - MAY 22, 2003
7:45-8:45 am Continental Breakfest
8:00-8:15 am Welcome and Agenda for Day 2: Ian Buckle, NEES Consortium, President
8:15-8:30 am Overview of NEES Equipment Sites: Roberto Leon, Georgia Institute of Technology
8:30-9:30 am Breakout Session #1 - What are our NEES Facilities? (5 concurrent sessions) Focus on the "Tools" portion of NSF's strategic plan components: "People, Ideas, and Tools")
  1. Field Testing/Tsunami Wave Basin: Philip Liu, Moderator; panelist Les Youd, John Wallace, Solomon Yim, and Kenneth Stokoe II
  2. Centrifuge and Large-Scale Geotechnical Laboratory Testing: Michael Sharp, Moderator; panelist Bruce Kutter, Ricardo Dobry, and Tom O'Rourke
  3. Large-Scale Structural Testing: Roberto Leon, Moderator; panelists James Ricles, Cathy French, Amr Elnashai, P. Benson Shing, and Jack Moehle; (note that the U. at Buffalo Large-Scale Equip. Site is included under the next category)
  4. Shake Tables: Helmut Krawinkler, Moderator; panelist Ian Buckle, Andre Filiatrault, and Michel Bruneau
  5. System Integration: Anke Kamrath, Moderator; Cristina Beldica, Danny Powell, and Daniel Reed, NEES System Integration Project
9:30-10:00 am Plenary session reports by breakout moderators
10:00-10:20 am What are our NEES Challenge Research Opportunities? Introduction: Steve Mahin, UC Berkeley and NEES Consortium Development Co-PI. This presentation relats the "Tools" presented earlier to the "People and Ideas" components of NSF's strategic plan.
10:20-10:50 am Break
10:50-noon Breakout Session #2 - What general types of NEES research would make the biggest difference addressing cross-cutting issues in the earthquake engineering field? (3 concurrent sessions; each session is multi-disciplinary)
  1. Buildings: Chris Poland, Degenkolb Engineers; Moderator
  2. Bridges: Ronald Mayes, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Moderator
  3. Lifelines: Amar Chaker, CERF, Moderator
12-12:30 pm Plenary session reports by breakout moderators
12:30-1:45 pm Lunch, including group photo with NEES shirts. Luncheon Speaker: David Simpson, President, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
1:45-2:00 pm Charges to Committees: Ian Buckle, NEES Consortium, Inc. President
2:00-3:30 pm NEES Consortium Committee Meetings: Attendees should choose one to attend
  1. Equipment Site Operations & Shared Use
  2. Data Sharing
  3. Information Technology
  4. Education, Outreach, and Training
3:30-4:15 pm Community Input: Discussion and audience polling: What services of the members want from the Consortium? Evaluation of this meeting; preferences for future meetings.
4:15-4:30 pm Closing: Ian Buckle, NEES Consrtium, President