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StEER NETWORK ACTIVATION

EVENT: NASHVILLE TORNADOES

LOCATION: NASHVILLE, TN

DATE OF EVENT: MARCH 3, 2020​

CURRENT LEVEL OF RESPONSE: FAST-1

SLACK CHANNEL: #nashvilletornado-3-3-2020  

ANNOUNCEMENT ON FAST-1 (3/06/20)

StEER will be deploying a Field Assessment Structural Team (FAST-1) to document the impacts of these tornadoes in the Nashville Area the week of March 9 (with primary data collection activities March 9-11). FAST-1 will be led by Ricky Wood of University of Nebraska, Lincoln and will include a blend of academics and practitioners: 

  • Keith Cullum, Simpson Strong Tie

  • Mariant Gutierrez Soto, University of Kentucky 

  • Mohammad Moravej, Walker Consultants 

  • Stephanie Pilkington, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 

 

The team will be working closely with complementary projects focused on tornado impacts. Exchange of data between FAST-1 and these complementary efforts will significantly deepen our collective learning from this event. The StEER Associate Directors/Members leading these complementary efforts and contributing to FAST-1 are: 

  • David Roueche, Auburn University  

  • David Prevatt, University of Florida

  • Frank Lombardo, UIUC

 

The team’s Primary Objective is to document the performance of several affected typologies including residential construction (single and multi-family), schools (including refuge areas if present), commercial buildings (including metal building systems used in airports, industrial zones, and tilt-up wall construction) using a blend of door to door damage assessments, unmanned aerial surveys, Applied StreetView imagery and LiDAR (for select structures). Updates will be shared on relevant Slack Channels.

StEER has released its Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report (PVRR) for the December March 3 2020 Tornadoes in Nashville, TN. The report is accessible at https://aub.ie/steer_tornado_03032020 while the official DOI is forthcoming from DesignSafe.

ANNOUNCEMENT ON VAST ENROLLMENT (3/7/20)

StEER is soliciting interest to participate in the response to the Nashville Tornado. Please complete this form to communicate your interest in Virtual or Field Assessment Structural Teams for this event. Information is being shared on the Slack.