Testbed Communities

Center investigators are engaged in resilience modeling and assessment of two small communities. The purpose of these testbeds is multi-fold: to enable the fundamental algorithms in IN-CORE to be initiated, developed and tested at an early stage of the Center research program before the measurement methods, data ontology and databases for modeling physical and social infrastructure systems and networks have fully matured; to provide guidance to NCSA software developers as to the mature of the algorithms that will be incorporated into IN-CORE; and to build working models of collaboration in teams of engineers, social scientists and computer scientists early in the Center research endeavor, something that has been elusive in previous large research centers. These testbeds will test the modeling, linkages and inter-dependencies between simple representations of building inventories, bridges and transportation systems, utility systems and the socioeconomic systems within the community that they support, and will inform the subsequent development of algorithms to estimate impact and recovery trajectories of systems that are essential for community resilience. The current testbeds will inform the development of more refined community resilience assessment methods in subsequent years of the Center research program.


Centerville is a virtual city that was designed to allow the Center investigators maximum flexibility in designing, testing and stressing their algorithms independently prior to the availability of a working version of IN-CORE. Centerville is envisioned as being a typical middle-class city situated in a Midwestern State. Its population is approximately 50,000, and its median household income for its approximately 20,000 households is close to the national average. The Centerville economy is reasonably well diversified, and consists of light manufacturing and industrial facilities, retail, finance and professional services, health care, education, public services, and tourism.


The overall objective of this work is to use Seaside, OR, as a test site to develop multi-hazard damage and loss assessment at parcel scale for a range of earthquake/tsunami scenarios originating from the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) hazard.

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