StEER Deploys for Nashville Tornadoes

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

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).

Please continue to monitor relevant Slack channels #steer and #nashvilletornado-3-3-2020 for updates on these efforts.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI 1841667. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of StEER and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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