From Volume 1: A large multi-ton segment of the façade from WTC2 lodged at the base of the building at 90 West Street
MCEER has issued a report series titled Engineering and Organizational
Issues Related to The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack. The series is
based on the premise that the World Trade Center attack could be seen as a "proxy"
for what a major earthquake might do in a complex, densely populated, modern
urban environment. Like an earthquake, the terrorist attack occurred with virtually
no warning. As would be expected in an earthquake, fires broke out and multiple
structural collapses occurred. As has been observed in major urban earthquakes
and in other disasters (e.g., Hurricane Andrew), structures that performed critical
emergency functions were destroyed, heavily damaged, or evacuated for life-safety
reasons. Additionally, because the majority of the damage occurred to relatively
new and well-engineered structures and because the emergency response system
in New York City was considered well prepared for all types of emergencies (particularly
terrorist attacks), the attack and its aftermath provide a useful laboratory
for exploring a variety of engineering and emergency management issues.
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), MCEER initiated a research project to collect perishable data in the aftermath of the WTC attack for later study to gain a better understanding of how resilience is achieved in physical, engineered systems, and in organizational systems. Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack presents these findings. Each report in the series focuses on a narrow aspect of the disaster as studied by MCEER researchers.
In addition, Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies and Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design was held June 24-25, 2002 in New York City to explore whether knowledge developed during the past decades to enhance seismic resilience can be used to help achieve terrorism resistant communities, and at the same time, investigate whether lessons can be learned from blast-resistant engineering to enhance earthquake engineering practice. More information about the workshop is available here; for more information about the proceedings, click here.
Obtaining the Reports
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
107 Red Jacket Quadrangle
Buffalo, New York, USA 14261