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John Ginger
Project Leader

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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

This project is developing the evidence base for risk mitigation by devising simple practical and economic upgrading options for existing houses. The outcomes will promote retrofit investment by home owners and provide a basis for incentives to encourage this action through insurance and government initiatives.

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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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Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events


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.

Wind induces internal pressures in industrial buildings


Internal pressures are generated inside a building during a wind storm from openings in the envelope. Internal pressures contribute to a large portion of the loads on a building, failures due to internal pressures are often seen post events. This project aims to provide more accurate internal pressure design criterion for wind loading standards, thus increasing resulience, survivability and improve vulnerability modeling of all building stock in Australia.

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Research program in detail

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2015-2016 year in review

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