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Civil Engineers Travel to the Philippines to Study Effects of Typhoon Haiyan


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Lynn Wallace (703) 295-6406,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

WHAT: A technical assessment team from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will travel to the Philippines to study the impact of the Nov. 3, 2013 typhoon on the region’s infrastructure. The team will collect and document evidence of hurricane-induced structural and geo-system damage to historic, residential and public infrastructure, and gather information to develop the framework and recommendations for future improvements on ASCE design and construction practices.

WHO: The group includes representatives from ASCE’s Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE) and the Technical Council on Wind Engineering (TCWE):

Shen-En Chen, Ph.D., P.E., Team Leader, Professor, University of North Carolina
J. Brandon English, P.E., Conestoga-Rovers and Associates
Mark Leeman, P.E., Leeman and Associates
Andrew Kennedy, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Notre Dame University
Forrest Masters, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, University of Florida
Weichiang Pang, P.E., Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Jean-Paul Pinelli, P.E., Professor, Florida Technical University
Jose Rullan-Rodriguez, P.E., U.S. Corps of Engineers

WHEN: May 6 to May 13, 2014

WHERE: Areas affected by the typhoon in the coastal City of Tacloban, located in the Central Philippines, 360 miles Southeast of Manila.

WHY: As part of its disaster response procedure, ASCE forms technical teams to study infrastructure damage caused by natural or man-made disasters. Such studies are conducted so that engineers may learn from the disaster, and perhaps more importantly, so that those lessons learned may be documented to inform future actions.

ASCE has participated in more than 12 assessments in the last decade, including studies of the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001; earthquake assessments in Italy, China, Peru, Haiti, Japan, Indonesia, Sumatra-Andaman, Algeria, Chile, Alaska and California; and assessments following Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy, and the Pacific Northwest Storm.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society.