Performance Based Engineering Application

Adam Zsarnoczay , Frank McKenna , Charles Wang , Stevan Gavrilovic , Michael Gardner , Sang-ri Yi , Aakash Bangalore Satish , Wael Elhaddad , & Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein

The Performance Based Engineering Application (PBE app) is an open-source desktop application designed to support the assessment of building performance under natural hazard events. The application quantifies performance in a probabilistic approach. Users can consider uncertainties in event intensity, structural behavior, component quantities and their limit state capacities, as well as the consequences of exceeding component limit states (i.e., experiencing damage). The PBE app provides a convenient user interface and uses the settings provided by the user to prepare a simulation workflow description in a JSON file. This workflow description is used to run a simulation workflow on SimCenter’s backend engine using sWHALE. The structural response estimation part of the workflow can run on the TACC high-performance computing cluster made available through DesignSafe. The performance assessment part runs locally using SimCenter’s PELICUN performance assessment engine.

This document covers the features and capabilities of Version 3.4 of the tool. Users are encouraged to comment on what additional features and capabilities they would like to see in future versions of the application through the Message Board.

Developer Manual


Adam Zsarnóczay, NHERI SimCenter, Stanford University,



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