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NEES Community Update - April 2013


Research News
In the Network
Outreach News

2013 Upcoming Events & Deadlines


April 15
10NCEE 2014 Special Session proposals due

See Event Details



April 29
Deadline for Quake Summit 2013 presentation abstracts

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June 3
Deadline for NEES2 planning grant proposals

See One-Stop Shop for Details



June 15
Deadline for submission of 10NCEE 2014 presentation abstracts

See Event Details



August 6-8
2013 Quake Summit in Reno, Nevada

See Event Details


Director's Letter

NEES2 planning grants "one-stop shop"

In the March 2013 update, we highlighted the release of the NSF Solicitation 13-544 for NEES2 planning grants. The deadline for proposals to the solicitation is June 3, 2013.

For your convenience, the NEEShub now provides a one-stop shop that collects a variety of information and resources to help you prepare your proposal.

Click here for the one-stop shop on the NEEShub.


Julio Ramirez
NEES Chief Officer and NEEScomm Center Director

Registration fee reduced for Quake Summit 2013

Attending the annual conference connects and energizes NEES researchers, educators and students. In order to maximize the meeting experience and minimize its expenses, the conference planning committee has lowered the registration fees for Quake Summit 2013.

Registration fees now are as follows:

  • Online registration prior to July 15: $100. For students: $50. Online registration will close on July 15.
  • On-site registration: $150. For students: $100.

Watch for announcements at the end of April for registration information on the Quake Summit 2013 website. All registrants must have a valid email address.

Attendees are still responsible for travel and accommodation expenses.

NEEShub update for IT

Release 5.0

NEEScomm IT has been ramping up work on NEEShub Release 5, scheduled for June 19, 2013.  The major enhancements in this release are rather diverse as they address tools, simulation, data upload, and usability.

Some highlights of the release are provided below. More details and more enhancements will be made available on the release date.

  • Integrate Visualization tool with Project Warehouse – currently the Project Warehouse only supports inDEED as a tool that can be run for data files within a Project. The infrastructure to invoke a tool will be reworked and the 3D Data Viewer (3DDV) tool will be made available for Project Warehouse data files of the correct format. The 3DDV tool was developed by CEES at RPI in collaboration with Oregon State University.
  • Prototype to move Simulation results into Project Warehouse – the batchsubmit command currently returns simulation results to a large capacity server called Scratch. A manual process is required to move those results into the Project Warehouse. With this enhancement, the PEN tool and other architectural components will be modified to support easier and more direct movement of data from the Scratch server into the Project Warehouse.
  • Prototype to support Automated upload from sites – NEEScomm IT will be partnering with the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota to create a prototype to automatically upload unprocessed data from the sites into the Project Warehouse.
  • Usability Study improvements – TecEd, a Michigan-based usability company, performed a usability study of various NEEShub features approximately one year ago. The results of that study have been phased in over the last few releases. The final findings from this study will be implemented with Release 5.

Tickets and Quotes

The NEEScomm IT team is staffed by a group of experienced software professionals working hard to make your NEEShub experience a very positive one. Unfortunately there will be times when the system does not work as expected. However, if users don’t let us know when they are having difficulty, we can’t help.

The best way to report issues is with a ticket via the Support button on the very right of the blue menu bar. When the Support button is clicked, a new section of the screen appears, as shown below. The large white entry field on the right is where you can describe the issue you are having. The IT team typically acknowledges your ticket within 24 hours. Please let us know when you are having NEEShub problems, including slow performance, so we can help.

Conversely, to let us know you've had a great experience with NEEShub, you can enter a Notable Quote. You can see prior Notable Quotes by clicking the Explore NEEShub menu option and selecting ‘Notable Quotes.' To enter a new success story, click the ‘Add Your Success Story’ button on the top right of the ‘Notable Quotes’ page. Success stories are a great form of recognition that only take a few minutes to enter.

Call for abstracts featuring NEES research impact

When the Quake Summit 2013 convenes in August, the NEES program will be in its 9th year of official operation. To highlight this wealth of earthquake engineering work, the Technical Program Committee would like to showcase all research outcomes that have made an impact on design and construction practices.

In fact, a key goal of Quake Summit 2013 is to feature all active NEES research projects in the technical program through either oral presentation, poster presentation, or both. Therefore, even if your project is complete, we encourage you to submit an abstract on the long-term impacts of your research. If you have presented in a previous Quake Summit, please focus on aspects of your project that are fresh.

Please submit the following information for your presentation on the NEEShub by April 29 so that the Quake Summit schedule and sessions can be finalized:

  • Presentation title
  • Presenter name and contact information
  • Abstract (200 words max.)
  • NEES Project Title and Award info
  • PI name and contact information (if different from presenter)
  • Delivery preference (i.e., oral, poster, or both)

We especially encourage oral presentation by junior faculty members or graduate students. You may propose more than one presentation for a project, but it is likely that some of those presentations will be designated for the poster session.

Many thanks from the 2013 Quake Summit Technical Program Committee:

Co-Chairs, Saiid Saiidi & Thalia Anagnos

Committee members, Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Kelly Doyle, Shirley Dyke, Sherif Elfass, Monique Head, Abe Lynn, Benjamin Schafer, Xiayun Shao, & Dawn Weisman

NEES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program news

Planning for the 2013 NEES REU program is well underway.

Over 130 engineering undergraduates applied for the 10-week summer program, and 32 students from across the U.S. were selected to contribute to a diverse set of research projects at 9 NEES sites. Research projects range from testing a full-scale four-story building on a shake table to studying the impacts of tsunamis on coastal infrastructure.

At this year’s Quake Summit in Reno, we will learn more about REU students and their work. They will be presenting their preliminary research findings in the conference poster session, alongside NEES graduate students and researchers.

One returning REU student is Emily Stinson, who will continue her research with Sandy Seale at UC Santa Barbara. Stinson, a rising senior in civil and environmental engineering student at Princeton University, won the best poster overall award at last year’s Young Researchers Symposium.

The 2013 program includes an orientation meeting in San Diego, which will include a visit to the NEES@UCSD shake table and a visit to a historic bridge that is in the process of being seismically retrofitted.

Questions or comments about the REU program? Please contact Alicia Lyman-Holt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEES@UCLA in the news

NEES@UCLA assists in monitoring structural soundness of the historic Watts Towers

NEES@UCLA research is attracting plenty of media attention with its high-profile project monitoring the structural health of the Watts Towers, a designated National and California Historic Landmark located in South Los Angeles. Working on the project are Principal Investigator Ertugrul Taciroglu of UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering and Bob Nigbor of NEES@UCLA.

UCLA Civil Engineering and NEES@UCLA, with National Science Foundation and NEES support, are collaborating with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in an interdisciplinary study of this iconic monument. The structure is a collection of 17 artistic steel towers constructed by folk artist Simon Rodia from 1921 to 1954. The towers vary in height; the tallest ones rise as high as 30 meters.

Principal Investigator Ertugrul Taciroglu and engineers from NEES@UCLA will spend a year gathering data to help preservationists understand the degradation of these historic structures to help the museum devise a long-term conservation plan, which will include advanced structural health monitoring.

Read the FULL STORY on the NEEShub.

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