Cyclone Tracy and the road to improving wind-resistant design
Mason, Matthew S., Haynes, Katharine, & Walker, George (2013) Cyclone Tracy and the road to improving wind-resistant design. In Boulter, Sarah, Palutikof, Jean, Karoly, David, & Guitart, Daniela (Eds.) Natural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 87-94.
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.
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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||wind , Cyclone Tracy, building codes|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ENGINEERING DESIGN (120400) > Engineering Design Knowledge (120402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ENGINEERING DESIGN (120400) > Engineering Design Methods (120403)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Deposited On:||03 Jul 2014 23:03|
|Last Modified:||24 Aug 2016 16:07|
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