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Wind Tunnel Expert Alan G. Davenport to Receive AISC Special Achievement Award

Other award recipients include Stanley T. Rolfe, Donald W. White, and Jeffrey A. Packer

February 18, 2005 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Alan G. Davenport, world-renowned as the founder and director of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, will receive an AISC Special Achievement Award at this year’s North American Steel Construction Conference in Montreal (April 6-8). Davenport is being honored “for his contributions to the development and application of wind engineering and design.”

Other special achievement recipients in 2005 include:

    • Donald W. White, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology "for his leadership role in formulating new as well as improved design criteria for beams and girders"; and
    • Jeffrey A. Packer, Professor, University of Toronto "for his notable advancement of the field of HSS Connections."

In addition, Stanley T. Rolfe, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Kansas, is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Rolfe has been department chair at the University of Kansas for more than two decades and he has been a professor at the university for more than 35 years. Internationally, he is widely known his books on fracture mechanics, including “Fracture and Fatigue Control in Structures: Applications of Fracture Mechanics” (with John M. Barsom) and “Strength of Materials” (with Nicholas Willems).

The awards will be presented on April 6 at the NASCC. For more information on the conference, please visit www.aisc.org/nascc.

Since its establishment in 1965, the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory received early recognition and prominence for its research in wind engineering. As well as contributing to the scientific understanding, it has carried out innovative design studies for major structures and many of the tallest buildings and largest bridges in the world have been studied there.

In his research interests, Davenport has pioneered in the application of boundary layer wind tunnels to the design of wind-sensitive structures, the description of urban wind climates and other problems involving the action of wind. He also has contributed to the fields of meteorology, environmental loads, structural dynamics and earthquake loading. He developed the world's first statistically based seismic zoning map, for Canada. He has authored over 200 papers on these various subjects and has lectured extensively around the world.

Davenport has acted as engineering consultant on many major structures, including the world's tallest and longest; the World Trade Center in New York City, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the CN Tower in Toronto, the proposed new 3,300m span Messina Straits Crossing in Italy, Normandy bridge in France, the Storebaelt bridge in Denmark and the Tsing Ma bridge in Hong Kong. His consulting activities have extended to major buildings, towers, buildings, offshore structures and pipelines throughout the world. He has also contributed internationally to design standards.

Donald W. White is an associate professor at Georgia Tech and is widely known for his work on the strength and ductility of bridge plate girders fabricated from high-performance grade steels, as well as his work with finite element analysis of joint, connection, and slab analysis of steel structures. He has contributed to a number of notable publications, including: “Effective Length and Notional Load Approaches for Assessing Frame Stability: Implications for American Steel Design” and “Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures” and has also published numerous articles on strength, stability and reliability issues.

Jeffrey A. Packer is a professor at the University of Toronto and is considered one of the world’s leading experts on HSS connections. Among his notable publications are "Hollow Structural Section Connections and Trusses - A Design Guide" (published by CISC), "Fatigue Design Procedures for Welded Hollow Section Joints", "Design Guide for Structural Hollow Section Column Connections," and "Design Guide for Circular and Rectangular Hollow Section Welded Joints under Fatigue Loading.” He also is the developer of HSS_connex, a Windows-based software program for the design of statically loaded, welded and bolted, truss-type connections between Hollow Structural Sections. Finally, he is one of the organizers of the recently announced “2006 International Symposium on Tubular Structures” (visit www.ists11.org for more information).

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