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“Discovering OpenSees: Surfing the waves of OpenSees,” A new Web-Learning Series launching on August 17

The OpenSees Development team is launching a new web-based learning series called “Discovering OpenSees: Surfing the waves of OpenSees”. This learning series will consist of 1-hour web-seminars about topics targeted for users of all levels, from first time users to advanced users. To accommodate OpenSees users from around the world, each session will be broadcast twice at times that will allow users in all time zones to participate.

The first Discovering OpenSees session will occur on August 17 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time & August 18 at 4:30 pm Pacific Time. The 1-hour session will focus on how to use OpenSees through the OpenSeesLaboratory tool on NEEShub. It will cover:

  • – How to get to the OpenSees Laboratory on the NEEShub
  • – How to send an OpenSees input file
  • – How to run your file
  • – How to get the output files back to your own computer after the analysis is complete
  • – Q&A with web participants

This first session is especially encouraged for those planning to attend OpenSees Days 2011, because all participants will be utilizing the OpenSees Laboratory tools on NEEShub during the workshop.

How can I join the seminar?
Register for the seminar on August 17 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time

Register for the seminar on August 18 at 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

What is the OpenSeesLaboratory tool on NEEShub?
In addition to being a platform that runs on a personal computer, OpenSees is now available for use on NEEShub through the OpenSeesLaboratory tool. By using this free tool, users can run analyses remotely on the NEEShub machines that are extremely fast. This can be very useful to advanced OpenSees users because it will drastically decrease computational time for large models or analyses that need to perform many runs. For new users, the OpenSeesLaboratory tool allows you to trial OpenSees without any initial set-up or installation. If desired, new users will also have the advantage of using the OpenSees graphical user interface (GUI) applications, BuildingTcl and OS Navigator, on NEEShub that help simplify the use of OpenSees for simple models. View a video that shows how to perform an OpenSees simulation.

What’s next in the Discovering OpenSees Series?
The next Discovering OpenSees sessions will be on the following dates about the topics listed below. Mark them on your calendar!

“Getting started with OpenSees”
September 21 at 9:00 am PT & September 22 at 4:30 pm PT

“Modeling diaphragm in 2D models with linear and nonlinear elements”
October 19 at 9:00 am PT & October 20 at 4:30 pm PT

“Eigen analysis of a frame”
November 16 at 9:00 am PT & November 17 at 4:30 pm PT

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