Friday, May 22, 2020

NIST 2020 Symposium.. July 28-29, 2020. Virtual

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pleased to announce its third annual Disaster Resilience Symposium to be held on July 28-29, 2020.  NIST is closely monitoring guidance from Federal, State, and local health authorities on the outbreak of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of NIST employees and the American public they continue to serve, NIST has decided to make the 2020 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium virtual-only

The symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Erik Rasmussen, Senior Research Scientist at CIMMS NSSL and the University of Oklahoma, on how we can enhance the resilience of US communities. The symposium will also feature presentations from 23 grant awardees funded by NIST on topics related to disaster and failure studies, earthquake engineering, wind engineering, community resilience, and wildland-urban interface fires: 

§  Development of Tornado Design Criteria for Buildings and Shelters Subject to Tornado Induced Loads 
§  Improving Disaster Resilience Through Scientific Data Collection with UAV Swarms 
§  Seismic Assessment, Retrofit Strategies and Policy Implications for Vulnerable Existing Steel Buildings 
§  Integrating Aging Effects in Performance-Based Seismic Design and Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Structures 
§  Resilience of Steel Moment Frame Systems with Deep Slender Column Sections 
§  Coastal Inundation Events in Developed Regions 
§  Decision-Oriented Column Simulation Capabilities for Enhancing Disaster Resilience of Reinforced Concrete Buildings 
§  Liquefaction-Targeted Ground Motion Parameters 
§  Improving Disaster Resilience by Quantifying WUI Community Ember Exposure  
§  Imaging pyrometry of smoldering wood embers 
§  Development of Methodology for Determination of Ignition Propensity by Firebrands in Wildland-Urban Interface 
§  Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) System and LIDAR Experiments for the Characterization of Strong Wind Loads on Non-Structural Components and Near-Surface Wind Profiles 
§  Innovative Measurement and Modeling of Dynamical Social and Health Effects of Windstorms 
§  4-D Measurement and Modeling of Engineering-Relevant Windstorm Characteristics 
§  Measurement of Near-Surface Pressure, Wind and Wind-Induced Load Characteristics Using Novel Sensors in Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Tornado-Like Environments 
§  Spatiotemporal Maps of Damaging Winds from Integrated Remote and In Situ Observations 
§  Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Unreinforced Masonry Buildings 
§  Designing for and Assessing Functional Recovery in Seismic Retrofit of Existing Concrete Buildings: A Framework 
§  Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Methods for Existing Non-Ductile Reinforced Concrete Wall Structures 
§  Leveraging Uncertain Disaster Field Data for Community-Scale Assessment of Connected Buildings and Lifelines 
§  Assessing long-range firebrand impingement rates in recent WUI wildfire events 
§  Development of a Fundamental Model for Ignition of Structural Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fuels Subjected to Firebrand Attack 
§  Firebrand Material Ignition Conditions & Assessment Method Development 

Registration is free and is now open at: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2020/07/virtual-2020-nist-disaster-resilience-symposium.  Everyone planning to participate is asked to register so we know how many attendees to expect on the platform.  We will continue to update this website with more information on the virtual symposium as it becomes available. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, and we will do our best to answer them.   

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