Dr. Smith is a senior research fellow with the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University. His research experience covers a wide range of wind engineering disciplines including: insurance claims analysis for severe wind events, field-deployed anemometry for cyclones, vulnerability and fragility modelling, wind-borne debris trajectory modelling, post-event damage assessment, wind resistance of roofing systems, structural retrofitting for wind and water ingress, wind tunnel testing, behavioural aspects of community cyclone preparedness, etc. Dr. Smith is also Director of ResilientResidence™, a mobile application tool that allows homeowners to self-asses the vulnerability of their home to wind and wind-driven rain damages. The tool aims to put wind engineering research directly into the hands of homeowners in vulnerable regions. 

  • Risk assessment for low-rise structures in severe wind events
  • Surface-level tropical cyclone winds and wind-driven rain
  • Wind and wind-driven rain effects on low-rise structures
  • Human perception of hazard risk
  • Behavioral aspects of mitigation investment by homeowners
  • Effects of insurance price signals on natural hazard mitigation
  • 2014 to 2017 - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Bill and Bryon Bushnell Graduate Fellow, University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
  • 2005 to 2010 - Florida Medallion Academic Merit Scholar, University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Assistant Project Engineer, Wojcieszak and Associates (Stuart, Florida)
  • 2008 - Assistant Project Engineer, Carmo and Associates (Lantana, Florida)
Research Disciplines
  • 2016 to 2019 - A Smartphone-based Decision Support Tool to Stimulate Cyclone Mitigation
  • 2014 to 2016 - Australasian Wind Engineering Society (committee member)
  • 2011 to 2016 - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2011 to 2016 - American Association of Wind Engineering
  • 2012 to 2015 - Roofing Consultants Institute
  • 2011 to 2014 - Florida Structural Engineers Association
  • 2016 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Controller License (#1004910)
  • 2016 - Aeronautical Radio Operator License

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Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - Research Grant

Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events

Indicative Funding
$770,000 over 4 years
This research is to develop cost-effective strategies for mitigating damage to housing from severe windstorms across Australia. These evidence-based strategies will be (a) tailored to aid policy formulation and decision making in government and industry, and (b) provide guidelines detailing various options and benefits to homeowners and the building community for retrofitting typical at-risk houses in Australian communities.
John Ginger, David Henderson, Daniel Smith and Simon Ingham in collaboration with Mark Edwards, Martin Werner, John Holmes and Geoffrey Broughton (College of Science & Engineering, Geoscience Australia, JDH Consulting and TimberED Services Pty Ltd)
Housing; retrofit; Vulnerability; Resilience; Wind Loads; Hazard

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