Cyclone Testing Station James Cook University

Email
email/cts.admin)(jcu.edu.au
Website
https://www.jcu.edu.au/cts/
Contact
David Henderson
Phone
+61 (0)7 4781 5053

The Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University is an independently funded organisation focusing on sustainable and economical building practices to minimise loss and suffering as a result of high wind events. We provide research, testing and consultancy services.

Fields Of Commerce

Consulting
Research
Education

Target Industries

Building industry
Building product manufacturers
Building industry regulators

Specialist Areas Of Tropical Expertise

Testing products for cyclonic wind loads.

Evaluations of building codes and practices for tropical region.

Vulnerability assessments of communities and infrastructure to cyclonic loadings.

Year Established

1977

Management Team

David Henderson - Director
Graeme Stark - Development Manager
John Ginger - Research Director

Current Export Markets

Asia Pacific

Target Export Markets

Asia Pacific
Emphasis presently on Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand

Type Of Export Business Sought

Direct export

Certificate And Quality Approvals

NATA accredited testing laboratory

Contact Cyclone Testing Station James Cook University

Company Profile

The Cyclone Testing Station is the pre-eminent, independent authority on the effects of high wind and related damage to low-rise building systems in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific.

Since 1977 the Cyclone Testing Station has been researching, testing and advising industry and governments on building practices which minimise loss and suffering as a result of severe wind events. The Station delivers quality testing and technical advice to manufacturers, building associations and governments, in the most efficient and cost effective way as well as continuing first class academic research.

Technologies and Capabilities

Testing and Consultancy fields include:
   •  Full scale house testing
   •  Boundary layer wind tunnel
   •  Air-chamber for testing performance of cladding, doors, etc under steady and unsteady wind loads
   •  Wind driven debris impact test facility
   •  Racking rig for bracing panels
   •  Material testing laboratory
   •  Vulnerability assessments of communities and large facilities
   •  Building and loading code assessments

Company Background

The Cyclone Testing Station was founded in response to the destruction caused by Cyclone Althea to Townsville in 1971 and Cyclone Tracy to Darwin in 1974.

The Station’s strategic location in Townsville has enabled it to serve not only Australia and North Queensland but also most other cyclone prone regions throughout the world.

International Projects

Assessment of building codes and training seminars for Asia-Pacific nations via AusAID.

Testing of building products to resist cyclonic wind loads for Asia- Pacific nations.

Australian Projects

Provided hundreds of confidential testing reports and analysis for
Australian building product manufacturers.

Green Credentials

NATA Accredited Testing Laboratory
Since 1977 the Cyclone Testing Station has been researching, testing and advising industry and governments on building practices which minimise loss and suffering as a result of severe wind events.We deliver quality testing and technical advice to manufacturers, building associations and governments, in the most efficient and cost effective way as well as continuing first class academic research.

We do this through the delivery of quality research programs, testing services, technical advice and educational programs to:

-Assist in the development of effective building practices that lead to practical, durable and sustainable low-rise building outcomes;
-Improve safety in relation to and minimise loss and suffering as a result of severe wind events;
-Reduce and mitigate risk and costs to communities resulting from wind damage.

Led by our Research Director, we are in the forefront of engineering research into the wind effects on structures.The Station is renowned in the wind engineering community for its focus on wind loads and the structural response of low-rise structures, such as housing and industrial buildings.


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