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    • 11 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
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    2023 Wind Impact Study for Omaha Public Works Asset Management

    Presented by: Chris Anderson, PhD: Director of Climate Services; Rodney, Verhoeff, PMP: Senior Environmental Scientist with EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC


    Lunch will be served at 11:45am

    Presentation will begin at noon

    This meeting will be In-Person with a Virtual Option

    This meeting will be held at the Scott Conference Center (6450 Pine Street in Aksarben).  Free Parking in Lot 9 across street (Figure included below). Please submit any unique diet requests a week in advance.

    A virtual Teams Option will also be available.  Virtual meeting log-in information will be sent approximately 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting:

    Presentation Details 

    Presenters: 

    • Chris Anderson, PhD, recently joined EA as the Climate Services Director and has over 26 years’ experience as a climate scientist in climate adaptation, climate mitigation, climate impacts research, and climate data tools development. He is an expert in the use of climate projection data and downscaled climate model data and has a background that includes using radar, weather station data, and wind reports to assess hail and wind damage to built structures and crops. Chris currently resides in Ames, Iowa and enjoys hiking, biking, skating, volunteering, attending kids activities, and traveling with his wife and kids.

    • Rodney Verhoeff, PMP, is a senior environmental scientist, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 27 years of leading and supporting a environmental, natural resources, and conservation projects, programs, and organizations. He rejoined EA in 2021 and provides business development services as well as program/project management support in the areas of asset management, environmental services, watershed management, wellhead and source water protection, and grants management. A lifelong Nebraska resident, Rodney enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, and their two new puppies.

    Presentation:

    This presentation will cover results of a 2023 Wind Impact Study conducted for the City of Omaha Public Works Department to analyze wind trends in the Omaha metro area. The study was designed to look at potential impacts from changes in wind speed on wind load for traffic signal infrastructure and provide guidance on the potential need for further engineering-specific load measurements. The presenters will discuss the data selected to conduct the study, the process used to compile and analyze the data, and highlight the results and recommendations for additional guidance on wind load impacts to traffic assets. Additional information will be shared on a related analysis of the recent severe storms that impacted the Omaha area on April 26 and associated wind speeds in the region.

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