The NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) EF team has developed a procedure that allows integration of payload projects in main NHERI WOW EF projects. This procedure effectively communicates the specific requirements for wind engineering projects as well as the unique specifications of the NHERI WOW EF and its instrumentation. The NHERI WOW EF has also developed a questionnaire that potential payload project users complete before they proceed with their proposal submission to NSF. This Payload Project Questionnaire will serve as the contact form between the payload project principal investigator (PI) and the main NSF project PI (if no contact has been established yet). The payload project procedure is facilitated through various protocols as follows:
Schedule of Upcoming Projects
The NHERI WOW EF, in coordination with NCO, will create a calendar of scheduled projects which will be available at the DesignSafe-CI website. For each of the main NHERI WOW EF projects, the following information will be included: scope of work, anticipated timeline, overview of the testing apparatus, model characteristics, instrumentation, and testing protocol (e.g. sensors, wind speeds, wind directions, etc.).
Available Payload Area
For wind engineering applications, the concept of payload area is differently defined from the existing seismic payload projects. Altering the main project’s test model geometry, structural system or surroundings may conflict with the objectives of the main project. Therefore, the concept of available payload area should be described by the main NSF project PI (in the Service Agreement) as availability for non-interfering model modifications or an addition of instrumentation. The payload project PI will need to mention any need for significant modifications in the NHERI WOW EF Payload Questionnaire and discuss the feasibility of its research concept with the main NSF project PI.
Payload Project Technical Information
The payload project proposer will need to furnish the following information to the main NSF project PI and the NHERI WOW EF team: scope of work summary, safety plan covering all safety concerns and mitigation methods, testing objectives, specification of required instrumentation, data acquisition settings for each group of sensors, testing protocol, and testing configurations. This will help the payload proposer to gain technical approval of the project.
Payload Project Timeline
In conjunction with the main NSF project PI and the NCO, the NHERI WOW EF will develop a timeline for each NSF funded user project which will include the plan of activities with regards to the model construction, instrumentation installation, and testing dates. For each of these activities there will be a cutoff date after which payload requests may not be possible to be accommodated. As far as the payload project is concerned, the NCO, in coordination with the NHERI WOW EF, will provide a detailed list of milestones and dates that will serve as a guide to the payload project PI during the payload proposal preparation.
EF Fee Schedule
The fee schedule for payload projects is defined in the NHERI WOW EF Usage Rates section. The NHERI WOW EF requires that all users pay established recharge center rates to cover costs not supported by the NSF NHERI award. The payload project PI will sign a facility Service Agreement highlighting any additional facility costs and added scope of work to the already funded main NSF project.
Intellectual Property Policy
The NCO and CI will develop an Intellectual Property Policy which will be requested to be signed by the EF Users (i.e. main NSF funded project PI and payload project proposer).