University of California, Los Angeles
January 31 – February 4, 2022

Lifelines 2021 Conference
ASCE Resiliance
UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Hands-On Workshop for Impactful Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance

Limited Seating. This event requires an additional ticket. You can reserve your seat by adding the extra ticket during the registration process. The tickets are free (no charge).

Monday, January 31, 2022
9:00 am – 5:00 pm PT
Youssef Hashash – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joseph Wartman – University of Washington
The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER) and the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) RAPID Facility collaborate to investigate and collect field data on the geotechnical aspects of extreme events, such as earthquakes, storms, floods, landslides, and wildfire. This short course seeks to advanced post-event reconnaissance practices, improve the overall quality of the data collection effort, and provide hands-on training on geotechnical engineering-focused field instrumentation, including terrestrial laser scanners.

The course topics will include:

  • Introduction to GEER
  • Lessons learned from post reconnaissance
  • A brief overview of the RAPID Facility, which provides investigators with the equipment, software, and support services needed to collect, process, and analyze perishable data from natural hazard events.
  • Review of the RAPID Facility instrumentation that may be used in geotechnical field investigations, including uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV), laser scanners, digital survey equipment, in-situ dynamic penetrometers, seismometer and accelerometer arrays, and a multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) system.
  • Hands-on demonstration and field use of laser scanning equipment, followed by basic postprocessing of field data and visualization of point clouds.
  • Hands-on demonstration and use of the RAPID facility mobile data collection software RApp, which syncs with the NHERI cyberinfrastructure platform (

Course materials
Participants may wish to bring their laptops to access and visualize the laser-scanner-derived point clouds and access Designsafe. Participants should register for a free Designsafe account before the short course (



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9:00am – 10:30am Introduction to GEER

The Importance of Post Extreme-Event Reconnaissance. & Organizational elements, coordination, communication, and safety of reconnaissance teams.   Geotechnical damage aspects of post-extreme events reconnaissance.

10:30am – 10:45am Break

10:45am – 12:00pm Lessons learned from post reconnaissance

Pre and post reconnaissance. Lessons learned from past reconnaissance. Importance of modern tools.

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm – 2:00pm Introduction to the RAPID Facility

  • Facility mission and role with GEER
  • How to access and use the RAPID Facility
  • Overview of RAPID Facility instrumentation
  • Review of field laser scanning and RApp data collection exercise 
  • Hands-on with the laser scanner: settings and instrument control

2:00pm – 2:20pm Walk to Field Venue and Break

2:20pm – 3:40pm Field Exercise in Park near the Short Course Venue (UCLA Campus)

  • Laser scanning exercise
  • RApp mobile software data collection

3:40pm – 4:00pm Return to Hotel Venue and Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm Laser Scanning Data Postprocessing and Visualization in Designsafe

4:45pm – 5:00pm Questions and Discussion

Speaker List

Profile of Youssef Hashash

Youssef Hashash
Hall Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Joseph Wartman
Director of Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance (RAPID) Facility,
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Washington

Conference Organizers

Collaborating Partners

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Supporting Organizations

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