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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee to Develop a Long-Term Research Agenda for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

The community for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), administered via the nationwide technology origin (NSF), is scheduled to develop into operational in 2004. those community websites will practice various experiments to check and validate advanced desktop versions being constructed to simulate the habit of constructions subjected to earthquakes. to help during this attempt, the NSF asked the nationwide learn Council(NRC) to border the most important inquiries to be addressed by way of and to increase a long term examine schedule for NEES. fighting Earthquake mess ups offers an outline of the grand problem together with six severe study difficulties making up that problem. The file additionally offers an evaluation of earthquake engineering learn concerns and the function of data know-how in that study attempt, and a learn plan for NEES.

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Recommendation 4. The National Science Foundation, as the lead agency in the NEES partnership, should assume leadership and put in place a management structure to articulate objectives, identify and prioritize research needs, and assure a stable flow of support to achieve the objectives established for NEES. This should include the establishment of an advisory body to provide strategic guidance to NEES program activities. 11 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Recommendation 5. The National Science Foundation and other stakeholder agencies should develop a partnership with a shared vision for earthquake loss reduction and for undertaking research and development to achieve that vision.

Earthquake Research Centers Efforts in earthquake engineering research became increasingly more focused on risk reduction with the establishment of three national earthquake engineering centers by the National Science Foundation (NSF): the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) at the State University of New York at Buffalo, which was founded in 1986 and renamed and re-funded in 1997; the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center, founded in 1997 at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign; and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, founded in 1997 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Recommendation 2. The National Science Foundation should also support NEES projects of more modest scope that will produce and report useful results within a 2- to 3-year time frame. These projects could serve as models for additional studies and demonstrate positive outcomes that would encourage other investigators to become involved in NEES collaborative research. Recommendation 3. The National Science Foundation should ensure that funding is provided for appropriate maintenance, support, and utilization of the NEES investment.

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