Several researchers from AIR Worldwide recently presented papers at the 13th America’s Conference on Wind Engineering (ACWE), according to a post on the company's website.
The event was hosted by the University of Florida and occurs every four years.
The AIR team attended to learn more about the latest research in the wind-engineering field, to promote the company and to present two papers based on research AIR has completed.
During the three-day conference, more than 180 papers were presented covering topics such as sensing hurricane winds from space and cost-effective construction that resists tornado damage.
Tornado research was a major factor in the conference, as new standards are being developed for tornado wind-speed calculations.
Computational fluid dynamics research was another hot topic. Catastrophe modeling was also covered.
The team from AIR presented papers on the history of building-code adoption in Florida specifically, including vulnerabilities found in the 2010 Florida Building Code. The second paper covered AIR's work with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) about the financial benefits of upgrading buildings to various IBHS standards. The goal was to compare the cost of various levels of upgrades compared to the expected losses over a structure's lifetime based on AIR's hurricane model.