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National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee (NCSTAC) Meeting

10-11 December 2013
Advanced Measurement Laboratory (AML) Building (215) Conference Room C103-C106
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Meeting Goals:

  • Receive NIST's response to the Committee's 2012 annual report recommendations
  • Receive update on NIST Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011 Tornado in Joplin, MO
  • Receive NIST Disaster and Failure Studies Program update
  • Outline Committee's 2013  annual report to Congress and assign writing assignments for sections

Tuesday, 10 December




Discussion Leader


Opening Remarks



8:30 – 8:45 am

Meeting Goals

Jeremy Isenberg
Senior Principal, AECOM
NCSTAC Chairperson


8:45 – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Willie May
Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, NIST


9:00 – 9:30 am

NIST’s Response to NCSTAC’s 2012 Annual Report Recommendations


Howard Harary
Acting Director
Engineering Laboratory,NIST Designated Federal Officer                                


Joplin Tornado Report



9:30 – 9:40 am

Joplin Tornado Report Overview



Marc Levitan
Joplin Team Leader
Engineering Laboratory, NIST


9:40 – 10:30 am

Chapter 2 and Associated Findings

Tornado Hazard Characteristics


Frank Lombardo
Joplin Task Leader
Engineering Laboratory, NIST


10:30 – 10:45 am



10:45 – 11:35 am

Chapter 3 and Associated Findings

Performance of Buildings, Designated Safe


Long Phan
Joplin Task Leader
Engineering Laboratory, NIST


11:35 am – 12:25 pm

Chapter 4 and Associated Findings

Emergency Communications & Public Response


Erica Kuligowski
Joplin Task Leader
Engineering Laboratory, NIST


12:25 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH (NIST Cafeteria, Administration Building, Dining Rooms A & B)


1:30 – 2:45 pm

Joplin Tornado Report Recommendations

Erica Kuligowski



2:45 – 3:00 pm



3:00 – 4:45 pm

Recommendations (continued)

Erica Kuligowski

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Public Input Period

Jeremy Isenberg


5:00 pm

ADJOURN for the Day                                                                                                



Wednesday, 11 December




Disaster and Failure Studies Program Updates

8:30 – 10:00 am


Disaster and Failure Studies Overview

·       Decision Criteria Update

·       Recent Disasters


Disaster and Failure Events Data Repository

·       Update on progress since last meeting

·       Plans for FY 2014

Eric Letvin
Director, Disaster and Failure Studies Program
Engineering Laboratory, NIST



10:00 – 10:15 am


NCSTAC Discussions

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

NCSTAC  Preparation of Annual Report to Congress

·       Impact on NCST Program

Jeremy Isenberg


12:15 – 12:30 pm

Identification of Topics for Next Meeting

Jeremy Isenberg

12:30 pm


12:30 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH – optional (NIST Cafeteria, West Wing, Administration Building)