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Day 2 - May 30, 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

As the majority of the planning had been done the night before, the team hit the ground running today. The team split into three groups and each chose transects out of the twelve that had been picked out to be done. Much in the same way as was done for the Tuscaloosa tornado, transects were [...]

Prevatt Awarded NSF Research Grant

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Dr. Prevatt was recently awarded a research grant by the National Science Foundation, coomencing in July 2008. The project, titled Performance Based Wind Engineering: Interaction of Hurricanes with Residential Structures. The objective of this research project is to establish the relationship between spatially varying wind loads and structural load paths in wood-framed [...]

The State of Hurricane Research and H.R. 2407, The National Hurricane Research Initiative Act of 2007

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The House Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment and Subcommittee on Research & Science Education invited Dr. David O. Prevatt to testify at a joint hearing on The State of Hurricane Research and R.R. 2407, The National Hurricane Research Initiatives Act of 2007. The hearing was held at Rayburn House [...]

NCEES Board Tours Wind Load Test Facility

Monday, February 5th, 2007

During their October 2006 meeting, the Board of Directors of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying took a lunch break to tour Clemson University’s Wind Load Test Facility. The tour, hosted by facility Director, Dr. David O. Prevatt and his graduate students provided the guests with an overview of the boundary [...]

Restoration Institute Faculty Forums

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Dr. David O. Prevatt will be sharing his research at the 3rd Faculty Forum of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute on Wednesday, November 8th, 12-1, in the Daniel Hall Class of 1941 Studio. To attend, please contact Space is limited to the first 25 respondents.
The Faculty Forums are intended to be a platform [...]

Clemson Professor Witnesses Ground Zero Devastation

Monday, September 11th, 2006

The vastness of the devastation at Ground Zero remains burned in Clemson University structural engineer David Prevatt’s mind five years after the World Trade Center towers fell. It is one of the memories that I recall and try to convey to my graduate civil engineering students during my fall 2006 forensic engineering class. [...]

Wind Pressure Visualization

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Through sponsorship of by the Florida Department of Community Affairs through Florida International University, two Clemson Univeristy professors, Dr. David O. Prevatt in civil engineering and Dr. Stanley T. Birchfield in electrical and computer engineering collaborated this summer to develop a prototype wind pressure visualization software program
The software program is described in further detail under [...]

Hurricane Preparedness

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Hurricane Preparedness in the Grand Strand
Disaster Prevention and Prediction Hearing
Wednesday, August 10 2005 - 9:00 AM - Springmaid Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC
Dr. David O. Prevatt, Director of the Wind Load Test Facility, Clemson University, presented testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee’ Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction at a [...]

Hurricane Damage to Mobile, AL

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

“If in fact you’re telling me that builders have been building these (structures) without wind provisions being enforced by the building community, I would be very skeptical of the ability of residential areas to survive if they actually did have a design event,” said David Prevatt, an engineering professor at Clemson University’s Wind Load Test [...]

Prevatt on Hurricane Emily Damage to Hospitals

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

On the Damage to Grenada’s Hospitals and Critical Facilities from Hurricane Emily
Opinion of David O.Prevatt, Ph.D., PE
14 July 2005

We’ve seen the headlines before. We have sat in workshops and proposed ways to address the problems. The risks will not go away any time soon. Given the chance to do something and the committed leadership, we can improve our buildings’ performance and sustainability to reduce the hurricane-related losses to society.