Technical Notes

May 15, 2014

Our team had another successful day of surveying damaged buildings in Tacloban, Philippines.  The engineers have done enough of the survey work now that they know what to look for, noting similarities and differences between…Read More >>

May 14, 2014

The first thing to mention about conducting building surveys in the Philippines is that it is hot and sunny and sunscreen is recommended.  For those engineers that are used to driving a desk all day,…Read More >>

May 9, 2014

Another day of building surveying was completed.  The assessors are gaining familiarity with the construction types and materials.  That made things easier and allowed patterns to be detected between buildings. We continued to be supported…Read More >>

May 8, 2014

The production work of surveying buildings began in earnest today.  The first area the team visited was Dulag, a town about 25 miles south of Tacloban. The team was accompanied by local civil engineers from…Read More >>

May 7, 2014

As an introduction to the ASCE team, quite a collection of capable engineers have been assembled for the Philippines field effort. The team is certainly a research-focused group, with many academics included.  The efforts for…Read More >>

A sample of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines.  Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
May 6, 2014

Last November, the Philippines was devastated by the strongest, deadliest typhoon in the nation’s history, the most powerful to make landfall anywhere ever. With wind speeds reaching 195 mph, Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 6,200…Read More >>