Richard L. Wood, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln civil engineering assistant professor who specializes in disaster damage, has turned his expertise toward the Bahamas in an effort to understand why some buildings survived Hurricane Dorian's onslaught in early September. Wood led a three-person rapid imaging team that visited the area in early October, just over a month after the hurricane winds and storm surge struck the region. The island was still reeling from the devastating storm, he said. Wood's research trip was organized by Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance, an NSF-supported network formed in 2018 to gather data about global disasters in near real-time. The data Wood collected will be published on DesignSafe.org and a preliminary view of the lidar data collected is hosted on UNL servers.
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