Multi-platform tornado damage scene preservation

J. Arn Womble, Richard L. Wood, Elizabeth I. Louden, Mohammad Ebrahim Mohammadi, Douglas A. Smith, Kenneth R. Leitch

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Abstract

A severe tornado system produced damage to engineered metal buildings at an industrial facility outside Pampa, TX and toppled several nearby center-pivot irrigation structures. Rapid remote-sensing preservation of this overall damage scene was of particular necessity: access to the industrial facility was prohibited, and the overall size of the center-pivot irrigation system disallowed rapid direct measurement of member displacements. Engineers and architects from West Texas A&M University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Texas Tech University collaborated to acquire and preserve the damage scene for future study, using a suite of existing and emerging platforms: including 3D point clouds derived from aerial FoDAR, aerial drone imaging, terrestrial laser scanning, and terrestrial digital photogrammetry as well as two-dimensional, four-band satellite imaging. Data collection using these various platforms offers guidance for the future remote-sensing preservation of damage scenes, the validation of estimated wind speeds currently employed in the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado intensity, and the further development of techniques for automated remote-sensing-based wind damage assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCanadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2016
Subtitle of host publicationResilient Infrastructure
PublisherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering
Pages1695-1696
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510843592
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventCanadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2016: Resilient Infrastructure - London, Canada
Duration: Jun 1 2016Jun 4 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Volume3

Conference

ConferenceCanadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2016: Resilient Infrastructure
CountryCanada
CityLondon
Period06/1/1606/4/16

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Womble, J. A., Wood, R. L., Louden, E. I., Mohammadi, M. E., Smith, D. A., & Leitch, K. R. (2016). Multi-platform tornado damage scene preservation. In Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2016: Resilient Infrastructure (pp. 1695-1696). (Proceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering; Vol. 3). Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.