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Welcome to our website! To fully understand the performance of structures under any loading, it is generally necessary to conduct integrated large-scale testing in combination with high power computing using reliable models.  The opportunity to study large-scale models of civil engineering systems was substantially expanded in 2004 by the establishment of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) funded by the National Science Foundation.  Structured to serve as a national co-laboratory with nodes distributed at 15 institutions, NEES enables multidisciplinary researchers to combine their expertise and investigate multi-faceted problems and systems with depth and scale not possible before.  As one of the major projects in the first series of NEES research (NEESR) funded by the National Science Foundation, our study is addressing two important aspects of bridge seismic response, both focused on system performance: (1) behavior of modern concrete bridges reinforced with conventional materials, and (2) development and evaluation of bridges with innovative materials and details.  We hope in this web site to provide you with information about the project and its activities.  Please feel free to use the material posted on this site with acknowledgement that includes statements such as “…funded by the National Science Foundation Grant No. CMS-0420347 and directed by M. Saiidi at the University of Nevada, Reno.” We welcome your comments about this site.

Acknowledgments

Our special gratitude goes to Dr. Steve McCabe and Dr. Joy Pauschke, the NSF Program Directors for their support and guidance.  Numerous other individuals and companies contributed to this project, whose names and affiliations appear in the acknowledgement sections of various publications posted on this site. 

The material in this site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMS-0420347 and CMS-0402490.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
M. Saiid Saiidi

Project Director and Principal Investigator

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