Program

The fifth 2021 THWARTS / IBHS Natural Hazards Seminar Series with the joint sponsor American Association for Wind Engineering happened on April 29

Roundtable Discussion – 2020 Midwest Derecho

(emphasis on the vulnerability of metal grain bins)

Wind Speeds, Damage Investigation, Design Implications

Dr. Murray Morrison (Moderator)

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Dr. Richard Wood

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Dr. Christine Wittich

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Dr. Frank Lombardo

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Dr. J. Arn Womble

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

You can see the recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G3BWw2W0myLOniUq31iR4p-2mUN9J5AF/view?usp=sharing

IBHS Public Information – High Wind & Metal Grain Bin Failure

https://ibhs.org/wind/high-wind-metal-grain-bin-failure/


The fourth THWARTS / IBHS Natural Hazards Seminar Series webinar happened on March 23, 2021. The webinar featured: 

MAIN PRESENTATION

Development of a Mobile Weather Station for Wind and Rain Measurements

Dr. Brian Phillips

University of Florida

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

mSWERF3 (a small bluff body to solve big wind loading problems)

Mr. Antonio Zaldivar de Alba

University of Illinois

Observations of the terrain-related effects on the 2020 Cookeville, TN, tornado

Mr. Zachary Wienhoff

University of Illinois

You can see the recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IAmogwaXkYnsQWN8mUBpss0HF_YLpYon/view?usp=sharing


The third  THWARTS / IBHS Natural Hazards Seminar Series webinar happened on February 16, 2021. The webinar was about: 

Evolution of a Multidisciplinary Program in Wind Hazards

Dr. Kishor C. Mehta, PE

National Wind Institute

Texas Tech University

You can see the recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rbcNn8b8vvukegxF-cEBtEMbhp619OhU/view?usp=sharing


One of the goals of this combined effort is to help match research programs with prospective students and also to encourage undergraduate students to pursue graduate degrees in the fields of natural hazards science and engineering. Therefore, the second lecture will highlight hazards research programs from  several Universities:

Hazards Research Program Highlights

The webinar happened on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time and featured the premier research programs of:
University of Florida
Texas Tech University
Villanova University
Auburn University
Florida International University

You can see the recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lKzmb5ySQGIxOJMjMaIcRhuRVrypPhiV/view?usp=sharing


The inaugural lecture was presented by Mr. Tim Marshall – the renowned veteran storm chaser, forensic engineer, and atmospheric scientist.

A LIFETIME OF DAMAGE SURVEYS

Timothy P. Marshall, PE

The webinar happened on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 2:00 pm Eastern. You can see the webinar recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1voJ1LsY1fB3kWeiWam3g7N6U3D5QIHxB/view?usp=sharing


Stayed tuned for future events that will encompass a variety of formats, including keynote addresses, student research presentations, and panel sessions. We welcome your ideas for speakers, topics, and formats.

The seminar series is sponsored by National Science Foundation Grants 2006613 (CAREER-IBHS) and 1748687 (UI).