Natural Disasters

Full Session without Abstracts

504385 - Hurricane Engineering: Past, Present, and Future

Friday, April 26
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Celebration 7-8

Session Organizers/Moderators:
1. Michele Barbato, Ph.D., P.E. (LA)
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
3230B Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Baton Rouge, 70803, LA (USA)
Tel.: 225-578-8719
Fax: 225-578-4945

2. Elaina J. Sutley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
University of Kansas
1530 W 15th Street, 2150 Learned Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045
Tel.: 785-864-2345

Session Type: Panel session

Impact on Structural Engineering Profession:
This session will: (1) inform the audience of current developments in hurricane engineering, (2) prepare the audience for future changes in design codes to ensure community resilience to hurricanes, and (3) build potential collaborations among multiple SEI committees with interest in hurricane engineering.

Short description:
In recent years, severe hurricanes have caused enormous life and economic losses for society. They have placed tremendous economic burden on the insurance industry, caused significant distress on coastal communities, and created immense difficulties for local, state, and federal agencies tasked with first response of and recovery from natural disasters. Climate scientists have also reached an overwhelming consensus that hurricane intensities will tend to increase as a consequence of climate change. As the number of residential buildings, value of economic activities, and investment on infrastructure in hurricane prone regions continue to rise, hurricane hazard assessment and mitigation becomes of even more paramount importance for ensuring the resilience of the communities located in these regions.
The panelists will provide the audience an overview of completed and ongoing efforts in research, codes/standards development, and general progress of Hurricane Engineering, with particular focus on the effects on the Structural Engineering community and profession. This panel will discuss recent advances in the state-of-the-art and state-of-practice of Hurricane Engineering and applications within the general field of Structural Engineering. The presented advances will cover hurricane hazard assessment and mitigation with attention to the multiple hazards (strong wind, windborne debris, tornadoes, storm surge, and heavy rain) characterizing hurricane events, as well as other issues related, e.g., to performance-based design and catastrophe modeling. The panel format will also be conducive to a constructive debate among panelists and between panelists and audience. This interaction will be encouraged through a substantial Q/A component. The panelists will also present the audience with some open questions, which will have the potential to further the interest and engagement of the audience even after the conclusion of the panel session.
The topic of Hurricane Engineering is of both local and international interest and the target audience include researchers, design professionals, and code developers, at both senior and entry levels.
The audience will be introduced to current Hurricane Engineering practice and applications in multiple sub-disciplines of Structural Engineering. The audience will also be informed of ongoing and future planned efforts to update existing design codes, as well as develop new performance-based design codes and standards for hurricane hazard mitigation. The interaction among the panelists, who represent several different SEI technical committees, will provide the groundwork for potential future collaborations among the multiple co-sponsoring SEI committees.
Sponsoring Committees:
1) SEI Performance-Based Design of Structures Committee
2) SEI Multi-Hazard Mitigation Committee
3) SEI Design of Wood Structures Committee
4) ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee
5) SEI Structural Wind Engineering Committee
6) ASCE/SEI/AMS Standards Committee on Estimating Wind Speeds in Tornadoes and Other Windstorms


Elaina J. Sutley

Assistant Professor
University of Kansas

Dr. Elaina J. Sutley is an Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering at the University of Kansas. Dr. Sutley's research is at the nexus of structural engineering, social science, and public policy, with an emphasis on the exposure of wood buildings and housing to natural hazards. She actively develops interdisciplinary approaches to assess disaster mitigation, predict losses, and model recovery. Recently, Dr. Sutley led a multi-disciplinary recovery-based reconnaissance study in Lumberton, NC to study what comes after the initial damage of a disaster. Dr. Sutley is the Chair of the SEI Design of Wood Structures Committee, the Balloteer of the ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee, and a Member of the SEI Performance of Wood Structures Committee and SEI Multi-Hazard Mitigation Committee.


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Michele Barbato

Associate Professor
Louisiana State University

Dr. Michele Barbato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Louisiana State University (LSU). He received his “Laurea” degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Rome, Italy) in 2002, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 2005 and 2007, respectively, at the University of California at San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA). He is author or co-author of more than 120 technical publications, including 40 peer reviewed articles published in renowned archival journals, 3 book chapters, and many papers presented in national and international conferences. He has been the recipient of the prestigious 2009 ASCE Moisseiff award for the paper “Nonlinear Seismic Response Analysis of Steel-Concrete Composite Frames”. He was also awarded the EASD 2011 Junior Research Prize in the area of Development of Methodologies for Structural Dynamics by the European Association of Structural Dynamics (EASD), the Best Paper Award for Young Experts at the 12th International Symposium on Structural Engineering (ISSE-12), the 2012 TAF Outstanding Under-graduate Teaching Award by the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF), the ASCE 2011 and 2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and the 2017 LSU College of Engineering Longwell Award for Instructor Excellence. His paper “Performance-Based Hurricane Engineering (PBHE) framework” has been recognized as one of the five most cited papers in the period January 2013-June 2016 among the papers published in Structural Safety (Elsevier). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, and of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (Taylor and Francis). He has received approximately $2M of competitive research funding and his research has been and is currently founded by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Longwell Foundation, the LSU Council on Research, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


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