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NEES 5th Annual Meeting

NEEShub Project Warehouse: Data Updates - June      NEES 5th Annual Meeting - June 19-21, 2007 - Snowbird, Utah 


NEES Research & Earthquake Engineering Practice: Strengthening the Connections There are two positive trends reshaping our response to seismic events: the earthquake engineering community has made great design gains while the NSF-supported NEES Collaboration and NEES Research programs are generating unprecedented opportunities to expand our understanding of earthquake and building dynamics. This year's NEES Annual Meeting, held from June 19 - 21, 2007, provided a forum for researchers and practitioners to learn from one another and generate an even bigger impact. Watch streaming videos and download PowerPoint presentations and papers from the break out sessions here.

Annual Meeting Program Details and Presentations

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Continental Breakfast

Meeting Opening and Welcome Session - Moderator: Clifford Roblee, NEES Consortium, Inc.

  • Welcome Address on NEES Developments, Roberto Leon, Georgia Institute of Technology [Watch Now]
  • Welcome Address on NEES Research Funding, Joy Pauschke, National Science Foundation [Watch Now]


Opening Plenary: Identifying Needs & Challenges in Practice - Moderator: Ronald L. Mayes, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

  • Seismic Research Needs in the Oil and Gas Industry with an Emphasis on Offshore Platforms, Edward Clukey, BP [Watch Now]
  • Research Needs in Steel Structures, Jim Malley, Degenkolb & Associates [Watch Now]
  • Research Needs in Concrete Buildings, Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates [Watch Now]
  • Research Needs in Masonry Buildings, Greg Kingsley, KL & A.
  • Research Needs in Wood Buildings, Kelly Cobeen, Cobeen & Associates.
  • Research Needs Identified in FEMA ATC 58 Project: Performance Based Design Requirements, Craig Comartin, Comartin & Associates [Watch Now]


Plenary Session: Next Generation Research & Experimental Techniques - Moderator: Marc Eberhard, University of Washington

  • Lifeline Response to Earthquake Ground Rupture, Tom O'Rourke, Cornell University [Watch Now]
  • Shake Table Testing of a Full-Scale Woodframe Building, Andre Filiatraut, State University of New York at Buffalo [Watch Now]
  • Remote Participation in NEES Experimental Research: a Researcher's Experience with Telepresence Tools, Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University [Watch Now]


Luncheon: Accomplishments & Future Direction of EERCs - Moderator: Clifford Roblee, NEES Consortium, Inc.

  • Amr Elnashai, MAE 
  • Jack Moehle, PEER 
  • Michel Bruneau MCEER 


Breakout Session 1: Experimental Controls & Data Modeling - Moderator: Rigoberto Burgueño, Michigan State University

  • Elements of Experimental Characterization and Modeling of UCSD-NEES Shake Table, Ozgur Ozcelik, University of California, San Diego.
  • Analysis and Comparison of Actuator Delay Compensation Methods for Real-Time Testing, Cheng Chen and James M. Ricles, Lehigh University.
  • A Data Model for Large-Scale Structural Laboratory Experiments Developed at the Real-Time Multi-Directional (RTMD) Testing Facility at the ATLSS Center at Lehigh University, Thomas Marullo, Lehigh. University [PDF]


Breakout Session 1: Innovations in Structural Research I - Moderator: Craig Comartin, CDComartin, Inc.

  • Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering, Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University.
  • Application of Seismic Protection Systems to Woodframed Buildings: Full-Scale Testing and Field Implementation, Michael Symans, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Centrifuge Modeling of New Orleans Flood Protection System, Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • NEES/E-Defense Collaborative Research on Bridge Columns, Stephen Mahin, University of California, Berkeley.


Breakout Session 1: Innovations in Geotechnical Research I - Moderator: Les Youd, Brigham Young University

  • Modeling of Pile Foundation Response to Lateral Spreading, Ricardo Dobry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Response of a Dynamically Loaded Pile Cap with Different Backfill Conditions, Travis M. Gerber, Brigham Young University
  • NEESR-II Project: Towards Developing an Engineering Procedure for Evaluating Building Performance on Softened Ground, Jonathan Bray, University of California, Berkeley
  • Full Scale Destructive Field Testing of Bridge Testing, Eric Ahlberg, University of California, Los Angeles 


Breakout Session 1: Spotlight - Writing Effective EOT Activities for NEES Grants - Moderator: John Whitmer, NEES Consortium, Inc.

  • High Impact EOT Activities for Earthquake Engineers, Shirley Dyke, Washington University in St. Louis.
  • NSF Visions of EOT, Joy Pauschke, National Science Foundation.
  • NEESinc EOT Initiatives and Collaborative Opportunities, John Whitmer, NEES Consortium, Inc.
  • Development of Mini-Centrifuge for Hands-On Education and Outreach, Inthuorn Sasanakul, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Breakout Session 2: Simulation Frameworks & Applications - Moderator: Greg Fenves, University of California, Berkeley.

  • Improving Simulation Capabilities of OpenSEES Using NEES Tests on Concrete Walls, Jon Waugh, Iowa State University.
  • Numerical Simulation of a Soil Model-Model Container-Centrifuge Shaking Table System, Madhevan Ilankatharan, University of California, Davis [PDF]
  • Parameterization Framework for Model Updating Applications in OpenSEES, Michael H. Scott, Oregon State University [PDF]
  • Application of an Experimental Software Framework for Rapid Local and Geographically Distributed Hybrid Simulations, Andreas Schellenberg, University of California, Berkeley


Breakout Session 2: Innovations in Structural Research II - Moderator: Catherine French, University of Minnesota

  • NEES Collaboratory Research Effort: Infilled RC Frames that Incorporate Advanced Computational Models, Benson Shing, University of California, San Diego.
  • Model Selection for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering of Bridges, Marc Eberhard, University of Washington.
  • UB-NCS Equipment-Dynamic Testing Protocol: Seismic Fragility of Nonstructural Partition Walls and Medical Equipment, Gilberto Mosqueda, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Planning of the NEESWood Capstone Tests at E-Defense, John W. van de Lindt, Colorado State University.


Breakout Session 2: Innovations in Geotechnical Research II - Moderator: Jamie Steidl, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Soil Improvement Methods for Liquifacation Remediation: Prefabricated Vertical Earthquake Drains and Colloidal Silica Grout, Antonio Marinucci, University of Texas.
  • Soil Improvement via Colloidal Silica Gel, Laura Spencer, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • High-Fidelity Site Characterization by Experimentation, Field Observation, and Inversion-Based Modeling, Jacobo Bielak, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Ground Rupture Effect on Buried Pipelines, Michael O'Rourke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Breakout Session 3: Spotlight - NEESit Tools - Moderator: Jon Lea, NEESinc


NEESR PI Awardees Meeting

  • Joy Pauschke, National Science Foundation, Claude Trottier, NEESinc.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Plenary Session: NEES Updates & Developments - Moderator: Clifford Roblee, NEES Consortium, Inc.

  • NEHRP Update, Jack Hayes, NEHRP [Watch Now]
  • What is Success: NEES TGoSuccess Committee, Charles W. Roeder, University of Washington [Watch Now]
  • A Vision for IT in NEES: Task Group on IT Vision, Jerome F. Hajjar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Watch Now]


Plenary Session: Next Generation Research & Experimental Techniques II - Moderator: Julio Ramirez, Purdue University

  • International Hybrid Simulation of Tomorrow's Braced Frame Systems, Charles W. Roeder, University of Washington [Watch Now]
  • Large-Scale 4-Span Bridge Model Studies using Shake Tables and Hybrid System Facilities at the University of Nevada, Reno, M. Saiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno [Watch Now]
  • Earthquake Hazard Reduction for Critical Facilities, Henri P. Gavin, Duke University [Watch Now]


Breakout Session 3: Experimental Testing & 3D Data Viewing - Moderator: Ahmed Elgamal, University of California, San Diego

  • State-of-the-Art 3D Simulation Tools, Swaminathan Krishnan, California Institute of Technology 
  • Shake Table Testing, Amit Chourasia, San Diego State College and University of California, San Diego
  • 3D Data Viewing of Physical Models, Hassan Radwan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Breakout Session 3: Innovations in Structural Research III - Moderator: Dan Kuchma, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Experimental Determination of Performance of Drift-Sensitive Nonstructural Systems under Seismic Loading, Kurt McMullin, San Jose State University.
  • A NEES Payload Project: Large-Scale Experimental Evaluation of Shape Memory Alloy Bridge Cable Restrainers, Reginald DesRoches, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Large Scale Validation of Micromechanical Models to Predict Earthquake Induced Fracture and Ultra-low Cycle Fatigue in Structural Members and Welded Connections, Amit M. Kanvinde, University of California, Davis [PDF]
  • Performance-Based Design of New Masonry Structures, Richard E. Klingner, University of Texas at Austin.


Breakout Session 3: Tsunami Research - Moderator: Solomon Yim, Oregon State University

  • Research Activity at the OSU Tsunami Wave Facility, Solomon Yim, Oregon State University
  • Landslide Tsunami Generator Experiments, Hermann Fritz, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • NEESR-SG: TSUNAMOS: A Validated, Multi-scale Tsunami Model for Hybrid Numerical-Experimental Simulation, Patrick Lynett, Texas A&M University
  • Leveraging Tsunami Research: Wave Loading on Residential Structures with Earthquake and Hurricane Applications, John W. van de Lindt, Colorado State University


Concurrent Breakout Session 3: Spotlight - Hybrid Testing - Moderator: Benson Shing, University of California, San Diego


Luncheon: Grand Challenge - Moderator: Ian Buckle, University of Nevada at Reno

  • Issue Forum Introduction, Clifford Roblee, NEES Consortium, Inc. 
  • NEESR-GC: Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Older Concrete Buildings, Jack Moehle, Pacific Engineering Research Center.
  • NEESR Grand Challenge Project: Seismic Risk Management for Port Systems, Glenn J. Rix, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Concurrent Breakout Session 4: Site Operations Committee (SOC) Issue Forum - Moderators: Marc Eberhard, University of Washington & Glenn J. Rix, Georgia Institute of Technology


Breakout Session 4: Innovations in Structural Research - Concrete - Moderator: Jim Wight, University of Michigan

  • Investigation of Behavior of Structural Wall Systems, Catherine French, University of Minnesota.
  • Effect of Concrete Strength on the Web Crushing Performance of Structural Walls under Cyclic Loads, Rigoberto Burgue�o, Michigan State University.
  • Impact of Combined Actions on Column Design and its Implications on System Response, David Sanders, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Punching Shear Resistance and Deformation Capacity of HPFRC Connections in Slab-Column Frames Subjected to Earthquake-Induced Displacements, Gustavo J. Parra-Montesinos, University of Michigan.


Concurrent Breakout Session 4: Spotlight - OpenSEES - Moderator: Lelli Van Den Einde, NEESit

  • OpenSEES, Greg Fenves, University of California, Berkeley


Concurrent Breakout Session 5: Education, Outreach & Training (EOT) Issue Forum - Moderators: John W. van de Lindt, Colorado State University & Shirley Dyke, Washington University.


Concurrent Breakout Session 5: IT Strategy Committee (ITSC) Issue Forum - Moderators: Jerome F. Hajjar, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University.

  • Jerome F. Hajjar
  • Sri Sritharan 
  • Jon Lea 
  • Joy Pauschke
  • Bruce Kutter
  • Gregory L. Fenves 
  • NEESit 


Breakout Session 5: Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction & Base Isolation - Moderator: Jay Berger, NEESinc

  • The Effect of Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction (SFSI), Oh-Sung Kwon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Seismic Performance of Combined Frame-Wall-Foundation Structural Systems through Centrifuge Testing, Barbara Chang, University of California, San Diego.
  • Earthquake Protector: A New Line of Seismic Base Isolation Shake Table Testing and Analysis, Valentin Shustov, California State University, Northridge.


Equipment Site Forum II

Open to Members and Invited Guests Only

Dinner Banquet and Business Meeting with Presentation and Awards

  • Wireless Polling
  • Awards
  • Business Meeting

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Plenary Session: International Collaborations - Moderator: Stephen Mahin, University of California, Berkeley

Nakashima Masayoshi, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Research [Watch Now]


Plenary Session: Next Generation Research & Experimental Techniques III - Moderator: Sara Billington, Stanford University

  • Large Scale Laminar Box Experimental Simulation of Liquefaction and Effects on Pile Foundations, S. Thevanayagam, State University of New York at Buffalo [Watch Now]
  • Distributed Model Updating using Wireless Sensors Integrated within NEES, Jerome P. Lynch and Andrew Zimmerman, University of Michigan.
  • Progress on the NEES DSDM Precast Concrete Diaphragm Study, Matt Shoettler, University of California, San Diego [Watch Now]


Plenary Session: Issue Forums Report Back - Moderator: Clifford Roblee, NEES Consortium, Inc. [Watch Now]

  • Site Operations Committee (SOC) Issue Forum ReportMarc Eberhart, University of Washington.
  • Education, Outreach, and Training (EOT) Committee Issue ReportJohn W. van de Lindt, Colorado State University.
  • IT Strategy Committee (ITSC) Issue Forum Report, Jerome F. Hajjar, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.