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Report Series on the World Trade Center Attack

 

LIDAR image of ground zero showing thermal data
From Volume 3: Visualization of Ground Zero, with orthophotography and thermal data draped over a LIDAR 3D terrain model.

 

photo of rescue workers at ground zero
From Volume 4: The authors advance the concept of an integrated and multidisciplinary effort in research and education to develop new “multi-hazard disaster engineering” professionals.

 

image of 90 West St. Building with the facade of the WTC2 lodged against it; in the foreground is a man watching workers on a scaffold.

From Volume 1: A large multi-ton segment of the façade from WTC2 lodged at the base of the building at 90 West Street

 

damaged liberty building
From Volume 2: Damage to the 130 Liberty Plaza Building from the exterior.

MCEER has issued a report series titled Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack. The series is based on the premise that the World Trade Center attack could be seen as a "proxy" for what a major earthquake might do in a complex, densely populated, modern urban environment. Like an earthquake, the terrorist attack occurred with virtually no warning. As would be expected in an earthquake, fires broke out and multiple structural collapses occurred. As has been observed in major urban earthquakes and in other disasters (e.g., Hurricane Andrew), structures that performed critical emergency functions were destroyed, heavily damaged, or evacuated for life-safety reasons. Additionally, because the majority of the damage occurred to relatively new and well-engineered structures and because the emergency response system in New York City was considered well prepared for all types of emergencies (particularly terrorist attacks), the attack and its aftermath provide a useful laboratory for exploring a variety of engineering and emergency management issues.

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), MCEER initiated a research project to collect perishable data in the aftermath of the WTC attack for later study to gain a better understanding of how resilience is achieved in physical, engineered systems, and in organizational systems. Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack presents these findings. Each report in the series focuses on a narrow aspect of the disaster as studied by MCEER researchers. 

In addition, Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies and Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design was held June 24-25, 2002 in New York City to explore whether knowledge developed during the past decades to enhance seismic resilience can be used to help achieve terrorism resistant communities, and at the same time, investigate whether lessons can be learned from blast-resistant engineering to enhance earthquake engineering practice. More information about the workshop is available here; for more information about the proceedings, click here.

 

 

 

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book cover with photo of devastated tower frame I would like to order Volume 1: Overview of Damage to Buildings near Ground Zero. Copies are $25.00 each.

book cover with photo of tower frame with flag on top   I would like to order Volume 2: Reconnaissance and Preliminary Assessment of a Damaged Building Near Ground Zero. 
Copies are $25.00 each.

book cover with photo of satellite image of ground zero I would like to order Volume 3: Emergency Response in the Wake of World Trade Center Attacks: The Remote Sensing Perspective. Copies are $25.00 each.

 

book cover showing rescue workers in front of ground zero I would like to order Volume 4: From the WTC Tragedy to the Development of Disaster Engineering for Landmark Buildings – An Extension of the Performance -based Earthquake Engineering Approach
Copies are $25.00 each.

book cover and cd labels with photo of ground zero   I would like to order Proceedings from the MCEER Workshop: Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies and Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design.
Copies are $35.00 each.

 


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