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Date: February 17, 2006
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Holmes Hall 244

Speaker: Ian Robertson, Professor, CEE UHM

Title: Hurricane Katrina Storm Surge Damage to Engineering Structures

Abstract: Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Louisiana –
Mississippi coastline on August 29th, 2005. The storm surge associated
with this hurricane inundated large areas of the coastline, causing
major damage to residential and commercial buildings, and coastal
bridges and other infrastructure. The surge-induced damaged observed
during this event was similar to what occurred during the Indian Ocean
Tsunami of December 24th, 2004. This presentation discusses the damage
caused by the storm surge to engineered structures along the Mississippi
coastline. Lessons learned from this event are highlighted for
potential incorporation into future design and construction guidelines
for coastal construction in regions threatened by either hurricanes,
tsunamis, or both.

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