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NHERI Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility



The NHERI Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility enables the natural hazards and disaster research communities to conduct next-generation rapid response investigations to characterize civil infrastructure performance and community response to natural hazards, evaluate the effectiveness of design methodologies, calibrate simulation models, and develop solutions for resilient communities.


The facility engages in a range of activities including (1) acquiring, maintaining, and operating state-of-the-art data collection equipment, (2) developing and supporting mobile applications for interdisciplinary field reconnaissance, (3) providing advisory services and basic equipment logistics support for research investigations, (4) facilitating the systematic archiving, processing and visualization of acquired data in DesignSafe-CI, (5) training a broad user base through workshops and other activities, and (6) engaging the public by facilitating citizen science initiatives, as well as through community outreach and education.

Type: Equipment/Facilities/Services

See complete equipment portfolio.

Keywords: General

Natural hazards, disaster research, instrumentation, perishable data, reconnaissance, field deployment, data processing, data computing, damage assessment, coastal monitoring, ground investigation, social science data collection, surveying, drones, UAS, ground investigation, site characterization.

Keywords: Specific

3D point cloud data, DesignSafe, SfM, lidar, long range scanner, RApp, seismometers, aerial footage

General Inquiries

Joe Wartman: (206) 685-5303 / wartman@uw.edu
Jeff Berman: (206) 616-3530 / jwberman@uw.edu
Jake Dafni: (206) 616-3318 / dafnij@uw.edu
Facility Email: uwrapid@uw.edu