Cyclone Tracy and the road to improving wind-resistant design

Mason, Matthew, Haynes, Katharine, and Walker, George (2013) Cyclone Tracy and the road to improving wind-resistant design. In: Boulter, Sarah, Palutikof, Jean, Karoly, David John, and Guitart, Daniela, (eds.) Natural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 87-94.

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[Extract] Early on Christmas morning 1974, tropical cyclone Tracy devastated the city of Darwin leaving only 6 per cent of the city's housing habitable and instigating the evacuation of 75 per cent of its population. The systematic failure of so much of Darwin's building stock led to a humanitarian disaster that proved the impetus for an upheaval of building regulatory and construction practices throughout Australia. Indeed, some of the most enduring legacies of Tracy have been the engineering and regulatory steps taken to ensure the extent of damage would not be repeated. This chapter explores these steps and highlights lessons that have led to a national building framework and practice at the fore of wind-resistant design internationally.

Item ID: 39222
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-107-01016-1
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 05:38
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design @ 50%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870204 Residential Construction Design @ 50%
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