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NEES 6th Annual Meeting



NEEShub Project Warehouse: Data Updates - June      NEES 6th Annual Meeting - June 18-20, 2008 - Portland, Oregon 


The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) has been providing unprecedented opportunities for large-scale collaborative earthquake engineering research for four years. The 6th Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the past, present, and potential benefit of NEES research to the built environment.

Attendees heard the latest developments and connected with peers from across the nation and around the world. The 6th Annual Meeting was be held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach, and featured high profile plenary sessions, informative breakout sessions, and networking opportunities.

Session tracks included:

  • Implementing Research Innovations
  • Innovations in Structural Research
  • Innovations in Geotechnical Research
  • Next Generation Research & Experimental Techniques
  • Information Technology & Cyberinfrastructure Applications

Annual Meeting Program Details and Presentations

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Meeting Opening - Welcome


The New Vision for Earthquake Hazards Research: The Revised NEHRP Strategic Plan - Moderator: Yumei Wang, Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries


Research Implementations: Making a Difference - Moderator: Judy Liu, Purdue University

Seismic Performance of Walls - Moderator: Laura Lowes, University of Washington

  • Web Crushing Performance of High-Strength-Concrete Structrual Walls under Monotonic and Cyclic Loads, Rigoberto Burgueno, Michigan State University [PDF]
  • Performance Assessment of Mondern Walled Buildings using Advanced Experimental Methods, Dawn Lehman, University of Washington, Daniel Kuchma, Chris Hart, Ken Marley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lateral Load Tests on Full-Scale Partially Grouted Specially Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls, Ehsan Minnaie, Drexal University [PDF]
  • Testing and Modeling of RC Link Beams, David Naish, University of California, Los Angeles

NEES Experimental Site Spotlight: Structural Focus 1 - Moderator: Marc Eberhard, University of Washington

  • NEES@Ullinois: Daniel Kuchma, co-PI and Operations Director 
  • NEES@Lehigh: James Ricles, Principal Investitgator
  • NEES@UMinnesota: Carol Shield, Principal Investigator [PDF]

Ports Grand Challenge Research Findings - Moderator: Glenn Rix, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Shake Table Testing of Port Container Cranes, Laura Jacobs, Georgia Institute of Technology [PDF]
  • Effect of Boundary Modeling on Seismic Performance Prediction of Container Cranes, Ben Kosbab, Georgia Institute of Technology [PDF]
  • Improved Seismic Performance of Pile-Wharf Connections, Dawn Lehman, University of Washington 
  • Non-Linear Dynamic Macroelements for Performance-Based Optimization of Liquefaction Mitigation Strategies: Soil-Structure Interaction Analyses of Waterfront Structures, Varun Varun, Georgia Institute of Technology [PDF]

Sensing, Performance, Data and Analysis Tools - Moderator: Robert Nigbor, NEES@UCLA

  • Implementation of a Sensor Inventory System Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology, Sherif Elfass, University of Nevada, Reno [PDF]
  • Using Single Shot for NEEScentral Data Entry, Robert Kent, University of Texas at Austin 
  • OpenSees Capabilities and Integration with NEESit, Silvia Mazzoni, University of California, Berkeley [PDF]
  • Applications of High-Definition Laser Scanning Technology in Experimental Earthquake Engineering, Shakhzod Takhirov, University of California, Berkeley [PDF]

Seismic Performance of Frames - Moderator: Julio Ramirez, Purdue University

  • Punching Shear Resistance of Slab-Column Connections under Seismic Loading: Shear Stud versus Fiber Reinforcement, Gustavo Parra-Montesinos, University of Michigan [PDF]
  • Seismic Performance of Masonry Infilled RC Frames, Benson Shing, University of California, San Diego 
  • The Impact of Strength on the Seismic Performance of Frames, Jia Wang and Robert Englekirk, Englekirk Partners Consulting Structural Engineers, Inc. [PDF]

NEES Experimental Site Spotlight: Structural Focus 2 - Moderator: David Sanders, University of Nevada, Reno

  • NEES@Berkeley: Bozidar Stojadinovic, Principal Investigator [PDF]
  • NEES@UColorado: Victor Saouma, Principal Investigator
  • NEES@UCLA: John Wallace, Principal Investigator

Non-Structural Testing - Moderator: Greg Deierlein, Stanford University

  • Ground Motion Models for Performance-Based Design of Damping for Equipment Isolation, Henri Gavin, Duke University
  • Pathways Project: Displacement Sensitive Non-Structural Elements - Year 2, Kurt McMullin, San Jose State University [PDF]
  • NEESR Nonstructural: Progress Report on Partition Wall Experiments, Gilberto Mosqueda, University at Buffalo, State University of New York 
  • Modeling the Effect of Non-Structural Cladding in Buildings, Bozidar Stojadinovic, University of California, Berkeley [PDF]

Earthquake Engineering Simulation - Moderator: Amit Kanvinde, University of California, Davis

  • Parametric Simulation of the Fracture Performance of Inelastic Buckling Steel Braces Using Micromechanics-Based Models, Benjamin Fell, University of California, Davis [PDF]
  • Seismic Analysis of the Multicolumn Bent RC Bridges Experimentally Tested at UNR, Matej Fischinger, University of Ljublijana [PDF]
  • Evaluation of Practical Methods for Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Walls, Laura Lowes, University of Washington 
  • Numerical Simulation of 4-Story Steel Building - Blind Prediction of Japan E-Defense Project, Ganesh Thiagarajan, University of Missouri, Kansas City [PDF]

Evaluation of Systems and Columns - Moderator: Carol Shield, University of Minnesota

  • Damping-Enhanced Strengthening of RC Columns under Earthquake Loards, Genda Chen, Missouri University of Science and Technology [PDF]
  • Fixed-Base Approximations for PBEE of Bridges on Drilled Shafts, Marc Eberhard, University of Washington [PDF]
  • NEESR Aftershock: How a Pre-NEES Project Led to Fault-Rupture Studies of a Two-Span Bridge Model at UNR NEES Facility, M. Saiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno 
  • Impact of Combined Actions on Column Design and its Implications on System, David Sanders,University of Nevada, Reno [PDF]

NEES Experimental Site Spotlight: Mobile, Field, Tsunami - Moderator: Sherif Elfass, University of Nevada, Reno

  • NEES@Oregon State: Daniel Cox, Co-Principal Investigator 
  • NEES@UCSanta Barbara: Jamison Steidl, Principal Investigator 
  • NEES@UTexas: Farn-Yuh Menq, Site Operations Manager

Innovative System Performance - Moderator: Jerome Hajjar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Seismic Performance of Innovative Straw Bale Wall Systems, Darcey Donovan, Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building 
  • Implementation of Next Generation Performance Based Earthquake Engineering in Practice: Application to Steel Buildings with Viscous Dampers, Kit Miyamoto, Miyamoto International [PDF]
  • NEESTIPS: Increasing the Adoption of Seismic Isolation in the U.S., Keri Ryan, Utah State University [PDF]
  • Seismic Behavior of an Innovative Steel Shear Wall System, Qiuhong Zhao, University of Tennessee, Knoxville [PDF]

Writing NEESR Proposals

  • Joy Pauschke, National Science Foundation [PDF]
  • Steven L. McCabe, NEESinc

Thursday, June 19, 2008

NEES Research Outcomes & Testing Enhancements (1) - Moderator: Ian Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Special Presentation - The E-Defense/NEES Cooperation: A Status Report, Dr. Massayoshi Nakashima, Director of E-Defense Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Center [Watch Now]
  • Visualization and Analysis of Dense Experimental Test Data, Daniel Kuchma, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Watch Now]
  • Collapse Tests of Two Scale Models of a Steel Frame, Dimitrios Lignos, Stanford University [PDF] [Watch Now]
  • Seismic Risk Management for Container Ports, Glenn Rix, Georgia Institute of Technology [PDF]

Integrating NEESit Tools and Services with Research and Education - Moderator: Steven L. McCabe, NEESinc

  • Chaitan Baru, NEESit, Ahmed Elgamal, University of California, San Diego [Watch Now]

NEES Research Outcomes & Testing Enhancements (2) - Moderator: Sarah Billington, Stanford University

  • Integrated Analytical/Experimental Research Approach for Developing Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Diaphragms, Robert Fleischman, University of Arizona [PDF] [Watch Now]
  • Landslide Tsunami Generator Results, Hermann Fritz, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • NEES@Lehigh: Dvelopments and Application of Distributed and Real-Time Large-Scale Hybrid Simulation for Seismic Performance Assessment of Structural and Non-Structural Systems, James Ricles, Lehigh University [PDF] [Watch Now]
  • Lessons Learned from Shake Table Studies of a32-Meter Long, 4-Span RC Bridge with Conventional Details, M. Saiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno [Watch Now]
  • Outcomes and Potentional Impact of Integrating the NSF IREE Program, Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University [PDF] [Watch Now]

Lunch with Presentation

  • Sichuan Earthquake Disaster Chronicle: Told Through the Eyes of One of the First Foreign Engineers Onsite
  • Kit Miyamoto, Miyamoto International

Seismic Risk Analysis Assessment - Moderator: Reggie DesRoches, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Implementing Loss Estimation in Performance Based Earthquake Engineering, Eduardo Miranda, Stanford University
  • Use of Seismic Risk Analysis of Roadway Systems as a Performance Based Engineering and Risk Reduction Tool, Stuart Werner, Seismic Systems & Engineering Consultants [PDF]
  • Wharf Fragility Models for Container Ports, Stuart Werner, Seismic Systems & Engineering Consultants [PDF]
  • Seismic Response of Container Wharf of Oakland, Walter Yang, Georgia Institute of Technology

NEES Experimental Site Spotlight: Shake Tables - Moderator: Siva Mettupalayam, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • NEES@Buffalo: Mark C. Pitman, Technical Services Manager
  • NEES@UNevada-Reno: Ian Buckle, Principal Investigator 
  • NEES@UCSanDiego: J. Enrique Luco, Acting Principal Investigator

Tsunami Research Outcomes & Facility Enhancements - Moderator: Daniel Cox, Oregon State University

  • Tsunami Waves and Vertical Evacuation Shelters, Daniel Cox, Oregon State University [PDF]
  • Experimental and Numerical Investigation into Three-Dimensional Tsunami Breaking, Patrick Lynett, Texas A&M University
  • Tsunami Shelter Challenge - Using Cyberinfrastructure to Enhance Rural Education, Rozeanne Steckler, Oregon State University

NEES Data Uploading and Curation

  • Lelli Van Den Einde, NEESit
  • Claude Trottier, NEESinc [PDF]

Innovative Uses of Fiber Reinforced Concrete - Moderator: Gustavo Parra-Montesinos, University of Michigan

  • Cyclic Testing of Ductile Fiber-Reinforced Concreate Infill Panels for Seismic Retrofitting of Steel Frames, Sarah Billington, Stanford University
  • Seismic Retrofit of Masonry-Infilled Non-Ductile Reinforced Concrete Frames using ECC, Marios Kyriakides, Stanford University [PDF]
  • Earthquake-Resistant Design of Coupled Wall Systems incorporating High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete, James Wight, University of Michigan [PDF]

NEES Experimental Site Spotlight: Geotechnical - Moderator: Glenn Rix, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • NEES@Cornell: Harry Stewart, Principal Investigator
  • NEES@UCDavis: Dan Wilson, Site Operations Manager 
  • NEES@Rensselaer: Inthuorn Sasanakul, Site Operations Manager

Tsunami Research Outcomes & Educational Activities - Moderators: Harry Yeh, Oregon State University

  • New Tsunami Wave-Maker at the Oregon State University NEES Facility, Dan Cox, Oregon State University
  • Experimental Investigation of Tsunami Hazards to Coastal Buildings, Ian Robertson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Understanding Impact Forces: Interaction of Waves and Residential Structures, John van de Lindt, Colorado State University
  • Experimental Investigation of Solitary Wave Runup on a Movable Bed, Heng Xiao, Princeton University

Developments in Hybrid Simulation - Moderator: Benson Shing, University of California, San Diego

  • Tracking Error-Based Adaptive Compensation for Real-Time Hybrid Simulation, Cheng Chen, Lehigh University [PDF]
  • Enabling Hard Real-Time Deadlines in OpenFresco, Gary Haussmann, University of Colorado, Boulder [PDF]
  • Latest OpenFresco Refinements, Andreas Schellenberg, University of California, Berkeley 
  • A Demonstration of Bridging Two Different Hybrid Simulation Environments, Yuan-Sen Yang, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taiwan [PDF]

Innovations in Steel Frames - Moderator: James Ricles, Lehigh University

  • Experimental Performance of Multi-Story X-Braced Systems, Kelly Clark, University of Washington
  • Controlled Rocking of Steel-Framed Buildings with Replaceable Energy-Dissipating Fuses, Jerome Hajjar, University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign [PDF]
  • Seismic Performance of Self-Centering Steel MRF Systems with Friction Connections, Ying-Cheng Lin, Lehigh University 
  • Developing Tomorrow's Braced Frame System, Jake Powell, University of Washington

NEEScentral Usability Forum - Moderator: Lelli Van Den Einde (NEESit)

  • Panel of Earthquake Engineering Colleagues from the NEES Community

Advances in Geotechnical Research & Testing Capabilities - Moderator: Ricardo Dobry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Soil Improvement Strategies to Mitigate Impact fo Seismic Gound Failures via Novel Integration of Experiment and Simulation, Scott Olson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [PDF]
  • Tactile Force Sensors for Soil-Structure Interaction Assessment, Michael Palmer, Cornell University
  • Advanced Video Recording for Earthquake Centrifuge Modeling Test, Inthuorn Sasanakul, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Numerical Simulation of Liquefaction Mitigation using PV Drains, Antonios Vytiniotis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology [PDF]

Advances in Lifelines Research & Testing Capabilities - Moderator: Harry Stewart, Cornell University

  • Overview of Post-Earthquake Pipeline Damage Inspection Technologies, Winncy Du, San Jose State University
  • Damage Detection and Health Monitoring of Buried Pipelines after Earchquake-Induced Ground Movement, Radoslaw Michalowski, University of Michigan [PDF]
  • Numerical Modeling of Buried HDPE Pipelines Subjected to Strike-Slip Faulting, Michael O'Rourke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dinner Banquet and Business Meeting with Presentation and Awards
Wireless Polling [PDF]

Friday, June 20, 2008

NEES Research Outcomes & Testing Enhancements (3) - Moderator: Marc Eberhard, University of Washington

  • Centrifuge Experimentation of Building Seismic Performance on Liquefiable Sand Stratum, Shideh Dashti, University of California, Berkeley [PDF] [Watch Now]
  • Performance-Based Design of New Masonry: A Progress Report, Richard Klingner, University of Texas at Austin [Watch Now]
  • NEESR GC: Simulation of the Seismic Performance of Nonstructural Systems, E. Manos Maragakis, University of Nevada, Reno [Watch Now]
  • Earthquake Risk Education Module for High-School Students at NEES@Berkeley, Nathon Langdon, University of California, Berkeley [PDF]


Beyond NEESR - Expanding NEES Research Sponsorship - Moderator: Jay Berger, NEESinc

  • C. Douglas Sutton, Purdue University
  • Robert Tener, Pankow Foundation [PDF] [Watch Now]
  • Phil Yen, Federal Highway Administration


NEES Charting FY 2009 - 2014 - Moderator: Roberto Leon, Georgia Institute of Technology [Watch Now]

  • Panel of Colleagues from the Earthquake Engineering Community