Projects Awarded from RFP PEER-TSRP 18-01

December 21, 2018

PEER has continuing funding from the State of California related to the seismic performance of transportation systems. This funding supports the Transportation Systems Research Program (TSRP), the purpose of which is to lessen the impacts of earthquakes on the transportation systems of California, including highways and bridges, port facilities, high-speed rail, and airports. In September 2018, PEER issued a request for proposals, Solicitation PEER TSRP 18-01 for one- and two-year projects aligned with the current TSRP research priorities and vision.

In response to Solicitation PEER TSRP 18-01, 47 outstanding proposals were received, covering 18 of 19 available topics in the broad domains of Geotechnical Engineering (G), PBEE of Bridge and Other Transportation Systems (S), PBEE Methodology (M), PBEE Tools (T), and Areas of Application (A). Each proposal received three reviews from the pool of more than a dozen independent reviewers. Based on the priorities of the pre-set TSRP vision, pre-defined evaluation criteria specified in the RFP, and factors such as the level of engagement with the PEER core institutes, 11 new projects were approved, comprising a total funding of nearly $800,000.

The following is a list of the 11 funded projects, including 4 projects involving collaborations between PEER core institutions and other institutions.

  • Title: G1: Analysis of fine-grained soil failure in Chiba during 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, and development of community lab test database
    PI: Scott Brandenberg, UCLA
    Co-PI: Jonathan Stewart, UCLA
  • Title: G3: DEM Modeling of the Influence of Depositional Fabric on the Mechanical Properties of Granular Sediments using XRT Data
    PI: Nicholas Sitar, UC Berkeley
  • Title: S1: Establishing Bridge Column Capacity Limit States through Modeling and Simulation
    PI: Sashi Kunnath, UC Davis
  • Title: S1 & T2: Bridge functionality instead of component damage as PBEE metric
    PI: Michael Scott, OSU
    Co-PI: Kevin Mackie, University of Central Florida
  • Title: S3: New Seismically Resilient System for HSR, Ports and Vehicular Transportation Systems: Reducing Downtime, Construction Cost and Post-Earthquake Repair
    PI: Dawn Lehman, UW
    Co-PI: Charles Roeder, UW
  • Title: M1: Non-ergodic ground-motion model for California
    PI: Norm Abrahamson, UC Berkeley
  • Title: M2: Validation and Utilization of Physics-based Simulated Ground Motions for Bridge Performance Assessment
    PI: Farzin Zareian, UCI
    Co-PI: Mayssa Dabaghi, American University of Beirut
    Consultant: Sanaz Razeian, US Geological Survey
  • Title: M3: Inclusion of Modeling Uncertainty, Parameter Uncertainty and Parameter Estimation Uncertainty in PBSD of Ordinary Standard RC Bridges
    PI: Joel Conte, UCSD
  • Title T4: City-scale multi-infrastructure network resilience simulation tool
    PI: Kenichi Soga, UC Berkeley
    Co-PI 1: Joan Walker, UC Berkeley
    Co-PI 2: Alexandre Bayen, UC Berkeley
    Co-PI 3: Jack Baker, Stanford
  • Title: A1: Tsunami-borne debris loading on bridges
    PI: Ian Buckle, UNR
    Co-PI 1: Denis Istrati, UNR
    Co-PI 2: Michael Scott, OSU
  • Title: A2: Seismic Evaluation of the California High Speed Rail System 
    PI: John Stanton, UW
    Co-PI: Marc Eberhard, UW

PEER thanks all the PIs who submitted proposals, and also thanks the efforts and detailed feedback from the reviewers. There are plans to have the next annual PEER-TSRP RFP released on September 12, 2019.