A new cyberinfrastructure effort funded by a $13.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help engineers build safer structures that can better withstand natural hazards such as earthquakes and windstorms.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is leading the effort to build a software platform, data repository and tools that will help the United States design more resilient buildings, levees and other public infrastructure that could protect lives, property and communities.

Ellen Rathje, an expert in earthquake engineering, will lead the UT Austin team, which will include aerospace engineering professor Clint Dawson, who brings hurricane modeling expertise, and TACC director Dan Stanzione, a leader in high-performance computing. The team is partnering with Jamie Padgett of Rice University, Jean-Paul Pinelli of the Florida Institute of Technology and researchers from other universities across the country.

Read the full news release here.

 

storm surge model
This image represents a 100 year return period storm surge levels and the potential flooding that could occur in the Houston / Galveston region if a hurricane with this significant of a storm surge was to impact the region. These results were achieved using the mathematical ADCIRC (Advanced Circulation) storm surge model run on the TACC supercomputer Stampede by our group, Computational Hydraulics, led by Professor Clint Dawson.