Work on the nation's first public repository for data on disaster and failure events is under way. The National Institute of Standards and Technology expects to launch a pilot website for a broad disaster database early next year. Events stemming from earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, community-scale fires, structural fires, storm surges, floods and tsunamis are included in the repository. Photo: Courtesy Nelson Architectural Enegineers Inc. Investigating engineer had to wait five years to sound alarm about flawed truss-joist product. “The effort will support development of standards and technologies for effective collection of data on disasters and failures,” in addition to
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