Learning from the Storm

June 25, 2018
Author(s): Nathaniel Smith Milan Vatovec Dimitri Papagiannakis

Hurricane Sandy exposed inherent vulnerabilities in our infrastructure and built environment, and highlighted the ineffectiveness of protection measures in place to deal with natural phenomena of such magnitude. Given our ever-changing climate and the potential for increased frequency of larger storms such as Sandy, it is in the best interest of the building industry to understand the consequences of such events and to implement measures to mitigate damage from future storm events. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) worked on behalf of government agencies, insurance companies, and private owners in the wake of Sandy (and many other storms) to investigate structures with storm-related damage, to understand the mechanisms by which the damages occurred, and to develop mitigation options to address potential future risks. Read the full topic brief.

Keywords: Flood Waterproofing