The NHERI Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility (referred to as the “RAPID Facility"), headquartered at the University of Washington (UW), is a collaboration between UW, Oregon State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Florida. The facility enables the natural hazards and disaster research communities to conduct next-generation rapid response investigations to characterize civil infrastructure performance and community response to natural hazards, evaluate the effectiveness of design methodologies, calibrate simulation models, and develop solutions for resilient communities.

RAPID's Annual Summer Intensive Training on Reconnaissance Equipment hosted at the University of Washington.

The facility engages in a range of activities including:

  1. acquiring, maintaining, and operating state-of-the-art data collection equipment,
  2. developing and supporting mobile applications for interdisciplinary field reconnaissance,
  3. providing advisory services and basic equipment logistics support for research investigations,
  4. facilitating the systematic archiving, processing and visualization of acquired data in DesignSafe-CI,
  5. training a broad user base through workshops and other activities, and
  6. engaging the public by facilitating citizen science initiatives, as well as through community outreach and education.

Using the Applied StreetView camera to capture continuous 360 degree imagery to assess damage following Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.

A guardrail is all that’s left of a roadway that was on top of an earth dam washed out by Hurricane Florence. RAPID deployed two of its field technicians and a small portfolio of equipment to collect data and assess the damage.

The RAPID facility officially became operational and started supporting field deployments in September 2018. It has supported reconnaissance missions and research projects in Japan, New Zealand, The Bahamas, Indonesia, and in the US - California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Texas, North Carolina, Montana, Tennesee, Idaho, Louisiana, and Florida. This website continues to evolve as will our operations of supporting field missions and large-scale laboratory experiments.

Please navigate using the buttons at right to learn more about how to use the RAPID facility and to request facility resources. We look forward to working with and serving the natural hazards research community!