Full Session without Abstracts
1. Michele Barbato, Ph.D., P.E. (LA)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
3230B Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Baton Rouge, 70803, LA (USA)
2. Elaina J. Sutley, Ph.D.
Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
University of Kansas
1530 W 15th Street, 2150 Learned Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045
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.
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.
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