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NEES Community Update - March 2013


Research News
In the Network
Outreach News

2013 Upcoming Events & Deadlines


April 15
Deadline for submitting special session plans for 2014 10NCEE in Alaska

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June 3
NEES Deadline for submitting  proposals for NEES2 planning grants

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August 6-8
Quake Summit 2013

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Director's Letter

Announcing the solicitation for NEES2 planning grants

Large-scale physical testing, integrated with computational tools, access to high-performance computing and a wealth of publicly available curated physical data in a central repository in NEES are now catalyzing the efforts of researchers to advance the research frontiers in earthquake engineering with the single focus of improving the resilience of society against earthquakes and tsunamis.

Starting in FY 2015 and through FY2019, NEES2 will be the “next generation” of earthquake research infrastructure in the NSF portfolio of large, multi-user facilities in operations. To ensure continuity for researchers during the transition to NEES2, the NSF has released its new planning grant solicitation for research that could eventually require the advanced experimental capabilities and infrastructures of NEES2 for follow-on research.  Find the full program solicitation here:

George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR) Planning Grants, Solicitation NSF 13-544

Planning grant awardees are required to archive all experimental data generated during the research in the NEES2 operations repository. Note that the requirements of the solicitation NSF 13-537 NEES2 Ops call for the orderly and complete transfer of the NEES data repository by the end of the sixth month of the NEES2 Ops award. The Project Warehouse and the NEEShub are open to receive your business now and until transition to the NEES2 repository has been completed by the sixth month of the award. The deadline for proposals to the NSF 13-544 solicitation is June 3, 2013.

Stay tuned on the NEEShub for the one-stop shop for information available to help you in preparing your proposal.


Julio Ramirez
NEES Chief Officer and NEEScomm Center Director

NEES@Reno's shake table lab expansion

You’ve been hearing about the construction progress. At the NEES Annual Meeting in August, the newly expanded Large-Scale Structures Lab at NEES@Reno will be available and ready to host you!

The $19.6 million, 24,500 square-foot site addition doubles the size of Reno’s shake table facilities, enabling researchers to study the effects of earthquakes on even taller, wider structures, as well as conduct simultaneous research projects.

The new building, which has a 6,000 ton concrete strong-floor, will ultimately accommodate UNR’s 4 large-scale shake tables. The facility is part of the University of Nevada, Reno Center for Civil Engineering Research.


In the news: NEES research leads to to improvements in flat-plate building construction

NEES researchers at the University of Michigan Gustavo Parra-Montesinos and James Wight have shown that steel-fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) can simplify construction for concrete-frame designers and contractors. The fiber-reinforced beams obviate complex insertion of diagonal rebar.

Although steel-fiber reinforced beams are not yet included in building codes, the February issue of the Engineering News-Record reports on the first high-rise building constructed using the technique, a 24-story Seattle apartment house. Read the article online.

(Image: Cary Kopczynski & Co.)

In the network

Mark your calendar: Quake Summit 2013 in Reno

Time to save the date: the 2013 NEES Quake Summit takes place August 6-8 in Reno, Nevada.

All sessions will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno, in and around the Joe Crowley Student Union, a huge and handsome facility affectionately dubbed “the Joe.” NEES committee meetings will occur on Tuesday, August 6. General sessions start on Wednesday, August 7.

The planning committee is diversifying the program this year. Along with technical sessions and workshops, highlights will include tours of the new and nearly complete UNR shake table facility, as well as an expert panel on public and media communications.

Online registration will be available in April. Registration fees are as follows:

Online: $200 for NEES members, $50 for students

Onsite: $350 for NEES members, $200 for students

The planning committee has obtained an excellent group rate for rooms at the Silver Legacy Hotel, which you may secure upon registration.

In next month’s communiqué we’ll provide event details. In the meantime, check the Quake Summit 2013 website for updates.


Panel on media communications slated for Quake Summit 2013

Communicating risk associated with earthquakes and tsunamis is an ongoing challenge. For insights on effective communication, NEEScomm is assembling an expert panel to address public and media relations issues at this year’s annual meeting.

Experts will share their expertise in preparing and sharing vital messages via television, print and online media. Moderating the panel will be the well-regarded Jeanne Norberg, director of public information for Purdue University.

If you have ideas you’d like the panel to address, please send them to Marti LaChance, the new communications specialist at NEEScomm: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Call for papers, special sessions at 10NCEE

The 2014 10NCEE conference in Anchorage sets a milestone: a decade of NEES research.

In these past 10 years, where have you made your mark? Consider a conference paper to document your discoveries.

For details, see the 10NCEE website, which includes the technical program topic areas. Paper abstracts are due June 15.

A key element of the conference program will be a small number of special sessions devoted to specific topics, each with 3-6 papers presented or discussed in a panel.

Proposals for special sessions focused on NEES research may be submitted to Julio Ramirez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15, 2013.

Project leaders are urged to chair and organize a session that collects cognate research progress and findings. Send topic ideas, potential speakers,

and session chair nominations to Technical Program committee chairs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15.


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