As many as seven ASCE reconnaissance teams are traveling to Japan to investigate the damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Team one, from SEI, arrived April 15. It concentrated on Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, with a focus on how what they learn can be incorporated into the tsunami structural design provisions under development for the next revision of the ASCE 7 standard, Minimum Design Standards for Buildings and Other Structures.
• Read about their experiences.
Team two, from the Embankment, Dams and Slopes (EDS) Committee of the Geo-Institute, arrived on April 23 for a one-week reconnaissance of the affected region.
• Follow their experiences as they report back.
Two teams sponsored by the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) are now in Japan performing reconnaissance surveys. One team is charged with taking an up-close look at the impact on port facilities, while the other team is investigating the effect on coastal structures such as tsunami walls, breakwaters and seawalls that are used for navigation, flood control and life safety.
• COPRI team one
• COPRI team two