Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Environmental Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Walter Z. Tang

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Irtishad U. Ahmad

Third Advisor's Name

Hector R. Fuentes

Date of Defense



The objective of this research was to assess the damage of various structures that were affected during Hurricane Andrew using aerial photographs. Different damage mechanisms were demonstrated. Quantitative damage assessment data was obtained by interpretation of aerial photographs. The damage data have been statistically analyzed. Various types of structures were studied and their typical damages were examined using the statistical analysis with respect to wind speed and zip codes. Illustrations of damages in different communities, damages to different roofs, and their possible failure mechanisms were also discussed. The damage data generated in this study can be used to predict damage during a hurricane after they are statistically correlated with the wind speed.




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