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Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Buffalo, NY

716-645-2114 x 2419


Research Team

 

 


User Networks

MCEER User Networks are developed to enable transfer of information between MCEER investigators and end users. As such, the networking program serves as a catalyst to develop usable tools and databases (from the main NSF-funded research tasks in lifelines, hospitals and emergency response and recovery) to collect the research products developed by the multiple and geographically distributed MCEER investigators, and to broadly share these products with users in the earthquake engineering community. Among these tools and research results are procedures and computerized platforms, new techniques for experimental and computational evaluation and qualification, and extensive databases related to MCEER’s activities to enhance the seismic resilience of communities.

The User Networks website maintained by the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering contains the following information:

Computational Facilities

University at Buffalo

Computational Platforms

Ground Motions

Center for Computational Research (CCR)

Cornell University

Fracture Group

Theory Center

ImageCat, Inc.

ImageCat, Inc.

 

Experimental Facilities

University at Buffalo

University of Nevada, Reno

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Cornell University

 

Educational Infrastructure

Webcast Seminars

Interactive Instructional Modules

 

Research Highlight

Decision Support Tools Aid Hospital Administrators

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Sample RDAT input information and output results

As part of MCEER's research on acute care facilities, two decision support platforms are being developed by a multidisciplinary group of researchers.

One is a fragility approach in which multiple structural and nonstructural systems can be integrated within a common framework. Primarily developed by Professor Mircea Grigoriu and graduate student Cagdas Kafali at Cornell University, this platform has been embodied into a Rehabilitation Decision Analysis Toolbox (RDAT) through a user friendly MATLAB interface.

The second MCEER decision support platform investigates the use of an evolutionary framework for the design of structural systems incorporating advanced protective technologies in an uncertain seismic environment. It has been embodied into PC-based Evolutionary Aseismic Design and Retrofit (EADR) software. Professor Gary Dargush and graduate student Yufeng Hu of the University at Buffalo are the primary developers.

Read the Bulletin Article