ngl_tools is a collection of Jupyter notebooks developed to interact with the NGL database in DesignSafe. The Next Generation Liquefaction (NGL) Project is advancing the state of the art in liquefaction research and working toward providing end users with a consensus approach to assess liquefaction potential within a probabilistic and risk-informed framework. Specifically, NGL’s goal is to first collect and organize liquefaction information in a common and comprehensive database to provide all researchers with a substantially larger, more consistent, and more reliable source of liquefaction data than existed previously. Based on this database, we will create probabilistic models that provide hazard- and risk-consistent bases for assessing liquefaction susceptibility, the potential for liquefaction to be triggered in susceptible soils, and the likely consequences. NGL is committed to an open and objective evaluation and integration of data, models and methods, as recommended in a 2016 National Academies report. The evaluation and integration of the data into new models and methods will be clear and transparent. Following these principles will ensure that the resulting liquefaction susceptibility, triggering, and consequence models are reliable, robust and vetted by the scientific community, providing a solid foundation for designing, constructing and overseeing critical infrastructure projects.
The NGL database is populated through a web GUI at www.nextgenerationliquefaction.org/. The web interface provides limited capabilities for users to interact with data. Users are able to view and download data, but they cannot use the GUI to develop an end-to-end workflow to make scientific inferences and draw conclusions from the data. To facilitate end-to-end workflows, the NGL database is replicated daily to DesignSafe, where users can interact with it using Jupyter notebooks.