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Colorado State University

Project Name:

Experimental and Numerical Study to Improve Damage and Loss Estimation Due to Overland Wave and Surge Hazards on Near-Coast Structures: Integration and Validation of Residential Wave/Surge Fragilities for HAZUS-MH and Hindcast Study for Damage and Loss Uncertainty

Other Research Participants/Partners:

Dan Cox, Oregon State University

Project Description:

The hurricane wave/surge damage functions developed in this project will be integrated into FEMA’s HAZUS-MH model in direct collaboration with the end-user (FEMA HAZUS team and their consultants). Researchers will use existing FEMA damage data and existing hazard data to validate the new approach using two sections of U.S. shoreline, namely the Texas shoreline impacted by Hurricane Ike and the New Jersey shoreline impacted by Superstorm Sandy. FEMA will use their data to validate the functions and release them from their Github account for use by HAZUS users. Researchers will determine the accuracy of the improvements to HAZUS-MH for future FEMA loss avoidance studies for coastal communities.

Project Abstract

Project Fact Sheet

Research Interests:

Dr. John W. van de Lindt is the Harold H. Short Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Over the last two decades, Dr. van de Lindt’s research program has sought to improve the built environment by making structures and structural systems perform to the level expected by their occupants, government, and the public. This has been primarily through the development of performance-based engineering and test bed applications of building systems for earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and floods. To accomplish this has necessitated coupling nonlinear dynamics, including stochastic approaches in both time and space with structural reliability during extreme loading events. His work includes both the development of new nonlinear numerical models and a large number of experimental investigations to calibrate those models and support hypotheses. Dr. van de Lindt current serves as the Co-director for the National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning headquartered at Colorado State University. The NIST COE is a 10-university collaboration and seeks to develop the computation environment needed to enable quantification of community resiliency to natural hazards. He has published more than 400 technical articles resulting from approximately 45 federal, state, and industry sponsored projects.


Contact Info:

Phone: (970) 491-6697