Overview of damage observed in regional construction during the passage of hurricane irma over the state of florida

Jean Paul Pinelli, David Roueche, Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Fernando Plaz, David Prevatt, Ioannis Zisis, Amal Elawady, Fred Haan, Shiling Pei, Kurt Gurley, Ashkan Rasouli, Maryam Refan, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Mohammadtaghi Moravej

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Abstract

Hurricane Irma made its first landfall in the continental U.S. at Cudjoe Key in southern Florida on September 10, 2017, with Category 4 winds. Irma made its second landfall later that afternoon on Marco Island on Florida's Gulf Coast, as a Category 3 storm, weakening further as it moved north. Reconnaissance teams respectively dedicated to the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and Miami/Florida Keys carried on a first wave of rapid reconnaissance from September 15-20, 2017. A second more exhaustive campaign was then conducted in the Florida Keys on September 22-25, 2017. These investigations employed primarily door-to-door damage assessments to classify buildings and evaluate component damage levels using a Fulcrum mobile smartphone application for data collection in a unified assessment framework feeding into a quality assurance/quality control process. At select locations, unmanned aerial surveys generated aerial imagery, 3D point clouds, and 3D textured meshes. This study presents the geospatial distribution of observed damage, correlated by age of construction, typology, construction materials, and estimated wind speed. Specific case studies highlight common failure modes observed in different construction classes and editions of the Florida Building Code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationForensic Engineering 2018
Subtitle of host publicationForging Forensic Frontiers - Proceedings of the 8th Congress on Forensic Engineering
EditorsRui Liu, Michael P. Lester, Alicia E. Diaz de Leon, Michael J. Drerup
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1028-1038
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482018
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Congress on Forensic Engineering 2018: Forging Forensic Frontiers - Austin, United States
Duration: Nov 29 2018Dec 2 2018

Publication series

NameForensic Engineering 2018: Forging Forensic Frontiers - Proceedings of the 8th Congress on Forensic Engineering

Conference

Conference8th Congress on Forensic Engineering 2018: Forging Forensic Frontiers
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period11/29/1812/2/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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