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A Year Later, Engineers Learning Lessons from Pilger, Neb., Tornadoes


It's been a year since twin EF4 tornadoes ripped through Pilger. The storms killed two people, ripped buildings off foundations, decimated trees and presented a team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln civil engineers with an opportunity to study the ruin wreaked by natural disaster. “We’re trying to study and analyze complex deformations and be able to detect and quantify damage,” said assistant civil engineering professor Richard Wood. The engineers spent three days in Pilger within a week of the storm, using lasers and a remote-controlled quadcopter equipped with a camera to document damage. more

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