Effects of extreme wind on low-rise buildings: recent developments from full-scale lab testing

Event Location: 
BCCMWS, Room 100
Event Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 1:30pm
Event Type: 
SCMSS Seminar Series

Damage and losses caused by severe storms continues to grow globally. Much of the damage due to wind is to low-rise buildings, particularly residential structures which are not engineered. The talk will discuss the need for, and use of, full-scale and large-scale test labs, which have been developed to mitigate these losses. Recent research findings on the aerodynamics of low buildings, response of building components to extreme loads, and how this information is being used to mitigate losses, will be presented.

by Dr. Gregory Kopp

Faculty of Engineering University of Western Ontario

Bio: Dr. Kopp obtained a B.Sc. at the University of Manitoba in 1989, an M. Eng. from McMaster University in 1991 and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1995, all in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Faculty of Engineering at Western in 1997 following two years in Spain as an NSERC post-doctoral fellow. In 2001, he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in the area of Wind Engineering. Dr. Kopp is currently President of the American Association of Wind Engineers, Chair of the ASCE Environmental Wind Engineering Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Wind Engineering, and is a member of building code committees for wind loading standards in Canada and the United States. His research interests include wind effects on low-rise buildings, disaster mitigation, bluff body aerodynamics and turbulence.