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Julio Ramirez, Director of NEES Operations, provides the NEES community with an informal update of NEES activities.

NEES Update

November 2011




This month’s Update provides an update on NEEShub’s new release and important reminders of upcoming events and deadlines. These items include:

  • 2012 Calendar Items Update – special note of the annual meeting, July 9-12, 2012
  • NEEShub 3.5 Release Recap and Upcoming Webinars
  • Ready-Set-Compete: NEEShub Contribution Competition Reminder

On behalf of NEEScomm, I want to wish everyone a safe holiday and look forward to providing updates of NEES highlights in 2012.

Mark Your Calendar

While on NEEShub, have you used the calendar of events and activities found on the home page? Many members and staff contribute to this calendar to share important conferences and events for the earthquake engineering community. While planning your 2012, be sure and check out the many events posted and remember to mark your calendar.   And contribute!   If you know of an event coming up and it is not posted, please share it by submitting a request. Use the “submit an event” link and follow the screen instructions.

NEEShub Contribution Competition Underway

We are well underway with NEEShub contributions! The competition began at the beginning of the month and will conclude on January 31, 2012. If you have not contributed yet or need ideas, click here for the details!

NEEShub Update

Release 3.5

Release 3.5 was moved to production on November 16, 2011. One exciting feature of the release was improvements made to batchsubmit, the relatively new NEEShub environment in which batch jobs can be run both on NEEShub and on other high performance systems. These improvements include the ability to select the venue or system on which a batch job should run, the ability to wait or not wait as a job runs, options to support parallel processing, and the addition of Scratch space for high-capacity storage. New features were also added to the Project Warehouse and to PEN (Project Explorer for NEES). Full details of the release can be found at this link:

January NEEShub Boot Camp Webinars

NEEScomm will be kicking the New Year off with two NEEShub Boot Camp webinars. The first, on January 10, will focus on the primary NEEShub tools for Data Management, the Project Editor and PEN. Rachelle Howard from University of Texas and Gaby Ou from Purdue will demonstrate how to use these tools for uploading, downloading, manipulating, and modifying data in the NEEShub Project Warehouse. Click here to register.

The second webinar, on January 17, will focus on Large Capacity Simulations in NEEShub. This webinar will introduce users to powerful new NEEShub capabilities in the area of simulation and batch processing.   Click here to register.

Be sure to register soon for both Webinars!

And That's a Wrap: Profiles Series

Farzad Naeim, Vice President and General Counsel for John A. Martin & Associates, Inc., intervewing in LA.

NEEScomm staff with Dr. Ian Buckle, Primary Investigator for NEES@UNR

It took five cities, 3 sites, and 3 interviews in just seven days to film “The Profiles Series.” NEEScomm Communications Specialist Teresa Morris was there every step of the way and served as the liaison between the camera crew and site personnel.   The trip started in the West, filming practitioner Farzad Naeim at his downtown Los Angeles office. A road trip to San Diego took them to the largest shake table at University of California-San Diego’s facility.   The next stop was in Reno, Nevada to catch a live test during the NEEScomm pre-site visit.

Morris and the camera team caught up for an interview with NEEScomm Center Director Julio Ramirez while he was in San Francisco for a meeting. Though the Santa Ana winds were most fierce on the day scheduled, his interview captured the Golden Gate Bridge and a fantastic explanation of the NEES network. Finally, the trip ended at State University of New York at Buffalo.   With the luck of the trip, the crew was able to catch another live test on film and a great interview with a research student.

Overall, the trip was a success and we are eager to view the final episode. Be sure to watch for more information including airdates!




Thank you,




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Purdue University