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Network Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program


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Dr. Joy Pauschke
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Dr. Vilas Mujumdar
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NEES - a major research equipment project of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) will provide a national resource that will shift the emphasis of earthquake engineering research from current reliance on physical testing to integrated experimentation, computation, theory, databases, and model-based simulation. As a national resource, NEES will:

Include 15 major earthquake engineering experimental research equipment installations networked through the high performance Internet. [Initially through 2004, NEES will include equipment sites funded through NSF program solicitations. NSF envisions, however, that other globally significant earthquake engineering equipment sites will participate in NEES and bring unique experimental capabilities to NEES.]
Be developed by September 30, 2004.
Be operational through September 30, 2014.
Improve the seismic design and performance of our Nation's civil and mechanical infrastructure systems.
Use advanced experimental and simulation capabilities to test and validate more complex and comprehensive analytical and computer numerical models.
Provide end-to-end system connectivity to operate distributed experimental research equipment, including teleobservation and teleoperation, and to enable computation and distributed simulation for earthquake engineering experimentation.
Provide researchers with remote access to a curated repository of databases, user-developed simulation software, and models for use in model-based simulation and visualization through access to a computational grid.
Form an integrated network that facilitates interdisciplinary global collaboration among scientists and engineers.
Enable participation from a broader earthquake engineering community, including educators, students, practitioners, and public sector organizations and individuals, who will have access to the equipment, data, models, and software from NEES.

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