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John Ginger
Project Leader


Dr John Ginger is the Research Director of the Cyclone Testing Station, at James Cook University in Townsville.  He has been involved in research, testing and consulting in wind engineering since 1987. 

John has extensive experience in wind tunnel model studies and full-scale field tests on projects in Australia and overseas.  He has published papers and presented seminars on wind loading of structures in the areas of external and internal pressure characteristics, fluctuating loads on building components and their response, and structural vulnerability.

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Project leadership

The primary objective of this project is to develop cost-effective strategies for mitigating damage to housing from severe windstorms across Australia.

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Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events

Typically, older houses do not offer the same level of performance and protection during windstorms as houses constructed to contemporary building standards. 

Improving the Resilience of Existing Housing to Severe Wind Events

Many of us live in homes with vulnerabilities that contribute to community wind risk. This project aims to investigate windstorm risk mitigation by: (A) Developing vulnerability models for structural strength of housing from field and laboratory observations, and (B) Evaluating potential upgrading and retrofitting solutions for residential structures.

Daniel Smith Conference Poster 2016

Many of us live in homes with vulnerabilities that contribute to community wind risk.

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Mitchell Humphreys Conference Poster 2016

Internal pressures can contribute to a large portion of the net wind load on a building.

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Korah Parackal Conference Poster 2016

Peak wind loads on batten to truss connections on a typical gable roof house were examined using a 1/50 scale wind tunnel study.

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All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

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2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook