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Welcome to the homepage of Richard Wood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Structural)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  


Currently there are few select opening(s) for:
(1) Graduate research student assistant related to remote sensing (first preference to PhD students)
Please visit the research and teaching tabs for details. 


A nationally featured research segment on the Big Ten Network (LiveBIG Segment) featuring damage assessment from point clouds in the the aftermath of natural disasters. Video features Richard Wood as well as PhD students Ebrahim Mohammadi and Yijun Liao (Research Group). Prominently shown data includes the Imperial Cabinets Building in El Centro, California (2014), Wiser-Pilger Middle School following the 2014 Pilger Tornado, and Bungamati, Nepal following the 2015 Gorka (Nepal) Earthquake.  These data sets are being used to objectively detect structural damage such as cracks, spalling, and localized collapsed zones.  


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Remote sensing of structural damage characterization at the Halliburton Oilfield Services plant after a late season EF-3 Tornadoo outside of Pampa, Texas in November 2015.  This was remotely investigated to improve techniques to estimate wind speeds within tornadoes and other wind storms from engineered structures in collaboration with West Texas A&M (WTAMU) and Texas Tech Universities (TTU).

Team members in Pampa, Texas (from left to right):  J. Arn Womble (WTAMU), Brandon Bugarin (WTAMU undergraduate student), Richard L. Wood (UNL), and M. Ebrahim Mohammadi (UNL graduate student).  (December 2015)

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Additional ongoing research collaboration with SUNY-Buffalo and Tufts University.  Here a field test is conducted in El Centro, California during November 2014 with portable shaker from UCLA.  The purpose of this test series is to develop finite element model updating techniques for damaged reinforced concrete-masonry infill buildings. 


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Current ongoing research collaboration on  structural damage characterization following the 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) Earthquake was featured in a PEER webinar.  My collaborative work here included LiDAR scanning, UAV flights, and system identification using ambient vibration.  Details are linked here


Team members in Kathmandu, Nepal (from left to right): Supratik Bose (SUNY Buffalo PhD Student), Patrick Burns (Oregon State MS Student), Richard L. Wood (UNL), and Andre Barbosa (Oregon State).  (June 2015) 

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Previous research work relating to the 2014 Pilger Tornado was featured in the Omaha KETV news in May 2015. Richard Wood as well as PhD student, Ebrahim Mohammadi, is also included in this interview. Link is here.


Discussion about the point cloud data obtained in the aftermath of the 2014 Pilger Tornado.