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StEER NETWORK ACTIVATION

EVENT: HURRICANE DORIAN

LOCATION: THE BAHAMAS 

DATE OF EVENT: SEPTEMBER 1, 2019​

CURRENT LEVEL OF RESPONSE: FAST-2 DEPLOYING

UPDATE ON DORIAN FAST STRATEGY (10/2/19)

StEER is deploying its second Field Assessment Structural Team (FAST-2) to the Bahamas to document the impacts of Hurricane Dorian. FAST-2 features a blend of practitioners and researchers, including Bahamian Engineers, and is organized under three subteams:

  1. Coastal Survey Team: Andrew Kennedy of the University of Notre Dame and James Kaihatu of Texas A&M University

  2. Door-to-Door Damage (D2D) Team: Doug Allen of Simpson Strong-Tie and a team of Bahamian Engineers from Caribbean Coastal Services - Davon Edgecombe, Terran Brice, Kevin Brown

  3. Rapid Imaging Team: Richard Wood of University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Henry Lester of University of South Alabama with imaging services from Mike Vorce of Site Tour 360

Between October 5-8, the teams will work in parallel on strategic targets, mapping coastal storm surge, rapidly imaging developments with significant wind and storm surge damage using 360-imaging and Applied StreetView technologies, and conducting in-depth forensic assessments using StEER’s mobile applications and LiDAR scanning. The teams will return to Great Abaco Island, extend surveys east to Man-o-War, Elbow and Great Guana Cays, and survey Grand Bahama Island to observe Dorian’s impacts at its various landfall points across the archipelago. As with FAST-1, StEER is pleased to partner with the NHERI RAPID EF in bringing advanced rapid assessment technologies to this mission. Those interested in viewing damage assessments as they synchronize can access our web-based Data Resources, which includes StreetView imagery acquired by the RAPID EF in FAST-1. We will post updates to the #hurricane-dorian Slack channel on DesignSafe as their mission unfolds.

UPDATE ON DORIAN FAST STRATEGY (9/21/19)

The Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network is activating its first Field Assessment Structural Team (FAST-1) to survey impacts of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, through a joint mission with the NHERI RAPID Equipment Facility at the University of Washington. This scout team will be documenting the performance of multiple building typologies, with specific emphasis on mitigation strategies that enabled structures to survive this Category 5 hurricane, using a mixture of Door to Door (D2D) Assessments and Applied StreetView technologies supplied by the RAPID EF.

In light of the ongoing recovery work, the mission will be time-constrained, with data collection September 23-24, 2019 only on Great Abaco Island, specifically focusing on Marsh Harbour (landfall location) and Treasure Cay. The team is led by Justin Marshall of Auburn University, along with Daniel Smith (NCAR/University of Florida) and Andrew Lyda (RAPID EF, University of Washington), with a local support team graciously led by Steve Pece of Orlando, FL. Mission coordination will be provided by StEER’s Director, Tracy Kijewski-Correa, with StEER Associate Director for Data Standards David Roueche guiding the sampling strategy and data fusion. 

 

To follow the team’s progress, stay tuned to the #steer Slack channel where updates will be posted. As connectivity permits, unprocessed D2D damage assessments will be visible in StEER’s Fulcrum community platform: https://web.fulcrumapp.com/communities/nsf-rapid. Note these will not yet be quality controlled and fields will be only partially completed, pending additional processing and enrichment by our Virtual Assessment Structural Teams (VAST). 

VAST is now moving into its next phase of Data Enrichment and Quality Assurance in support of the Early Access Reconnaissance Report (EARR), StEER's next product for this event response. 

 

StEER is assembling a second FAST that will include a Coastal Survey Team, an Imaging Team and a D2D Assessment Team that will return to the Abaco Islands and will also survey Grand Bahama Island, with mission dates still being confirmed but likely in early October. A separate announcement will follow for FAST-2.

UPDATE ON DORIAN FAST STRATEGY (9/10/19)

The Structural Extreme Events Response (StEER) network has released its Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report which establishes themes and topics for ongoing  study of Hurricane Dorian. Based on these recommendations, StEER will not deploy Field Assessment Structural Teams in the US, but will deploy to the Bahamas to collect data once the situation on the ground has stabilized. Virtual Assessment Structural Teams will continue to play a vital role in the Dorian response. To be considered for either of these teams, StEER members should review the initial announcements below and complete the forms linked therein.

ANNOUNCEMENT ON FAST ENROLLMENT (8/29/19)

The Structural Extreme Events Response (StEER) network is currently monitoring the approach of Hurricane Dorian. As it is very likely to impact the Atlantic Coast of the United States, StEER will begin its enrollment process for the Hurricane Dorian FIeld Assessment Structural Team (FAST). All StEER members at Levels 3 and 4 with backgrounds in wind or coastal hazards are requested to consider participating in a field deployment. Additionally StEER will ensure one slot on the FAST is reserved for a StEER Trainee (Level 2 StEER member with the relevant hazards background). 

 

Our decision to deploy a FAST for Dorian is conditional upon not only member interest but also on potential for impacts to the built environment, which will become clearer over this Labor Day weekend as landfall approaches. A Virtual Assessment Structural Team (VAST) is already being activated to assemble a Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report (PVRR), which we hope to release on September 4 (assuming the September 2 Labor Day landfall holds).  

 

Once the FAST is formed, we will establish a secure Slack channel and add the designated FAST members. Meanwhile, we encourage the community to engage on #hurricane-dorian Slack channel where information is currently being shared by colleagues and StEER partners. 

 

To be considered for this FAST effort for Dorian, please do the following:

  • Register your interest using this Google Form

  • If you did not attend Tuesday’s webinar on FAST participation in hurricane responses, watch the YouTube video and access the slides on the StEER Members Shared Drive on Google

  • Begin executing the “Reminders” listed at the end of the webinar (see slide 34), most importantly downloading and configuring your Fulcrum App and reviewing the FAST Handbook. For those new to Fulcrum, the post-webinar assignment on slide 35 is especially valuable practice, focus especially on the Field Priority elements of the damage assessment form 

 

As always, we appreciate your collaboration in helping to Build Resilience through Reconnaissance. Please direct additional queries to admin@steer.network

ANNOUNCEMENT ON VAST ENROLLMENT (8/29/19)

The Structural Extreme Events Response (StEER) network is currently monitoring the approach of Hurricane Dorian. As it is very likely to impact the Atlantic Coast of the United States, StEER will begin its enrollment process for the Hurricane Dorian Virtual Assessment Structural Team (VAST). All StEER members are eligible to participate in any and all phases of this VAST response. StEER strongly encourages Level 1 StEER members to be active participants, particularly in the Data Enrichment and Quality Control phase (if field data is collected) as this will count as valuable experience in elevating your membership level and qualifying for future field deployments.

 

Faculty, please encourage your Graduate Students to join StEER and participate in this VAST effort. Memberships will be swiftly processed so they can join the Dorian effort. Please direct them to https://www.steer.network/membership

 

A secure Slack channel has been established (#steer-vast-dorian) and you will be added to this channel once you enlist in this VAST effort. We also encourage the community to engage on #hurricane-dorian Slack channel where information is currently being shared by colleagues and StEER partners. 

 

To enlist in this VAST effort for Dorian, please do the following:


Our immediate priority will be the authorship of the Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report (P-VRR) that describes the hazard and impacts to communities based on publicly available information, which we hope to release on September 4 (assuming the September 2 Labor Day landfall holds).