Middle Region WEBINAR - Field Response to Tennessee Tornadoes

August 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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MTNSEA Webinar


Middle Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Structural Engineers Association

Meeting and Technical Seminar:

“Field Response to Tennessee Tornadoes”

Dr. David Roueche

In the overnight and early morning hours of March 2-3, 2020, a series of tornadoes struck Tennessee and Kentucky. Seven tornadoes touched down in Tennessee causing 25 fatalities, 19 of which occurred within a two-mile stretch just west of Cookeville, TN. The deadly tornadoes struck on the one-year anniversary of the March 3rd, 2019 Beauregard-Smith Station, AL tornado which killed 23 people. Soon after the tornado struck, Dr. Roueche led a structural assessment of the tornado impacts as part of a Field Assessment Structural Team (FAST), funded by the National Science Foundation through the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) network. The FAST conducted Door-to-Door damage assessments coupled with unmanned aerial surveys and vehicle-mounted panoramas for targeted clusters of buildings in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Cookeville, and several rural communities, ultimately documenting the performance of nearly 1100 buildings and other structures.

This webinar will discuss the major findings of the assessment, and briefly contextualize the findings in light of past tornado assessments, and recent advancements in tornado-resilient design that are now being codified in the latest wind design standards.

Dr. David Roueche is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, and an Associate Director of the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) network, funded by the National Science Foundation. His research focuses on improving the performance of low-rise buildings under extreme wind loads, including hurricanes and tornadoes. David has research experience in large-scale experimental testing, numerical simulations and extensive post-disaster field investigations. He has conducted field research in the aftermath of some of the strongest wind events in recent history, including the 2011 tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin, MO, the 2015 tornado in Garland, TX, the major hurricanes of 2017 and 2018 – Harvey, Irma and Maria, and Michael – and the March 2020 tornadoes which struck middle Tennessee. He is using the data captured from these events to develop better models of extreme wind loads and structural response, and ultimately strengthen the resilience of our communities to future events. He was recently awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to continue his research in this area. David also serves on the Steering Committee of the ASCE/SEI/AMS Standard for Estimating Wind Speeds in Tornadoes and Other Windstorms. David received his doctorate in Structural Engineering from the University of Florida in 2016, and Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the same in 2011. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Jacksonville University.


August 12, 2020: 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Meeting to be Provided as Webinar

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PDH certificates will be sent to attendees after the seminar.


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$45.00 Non-Member Registration