David is the Director of the Cyclone Testing Station in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at James Cook University. Prior to his appointment as Director, David was the CTS Research Fellow. During this period he was seconded as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where he was collaborating on the 3LP full scale house testing research project in the simulation of realistic wind loads impacting full scale timber framed housing. This is a continuation of his previous foundation involvement with this world leading facility in 2005/6.

David undertook his doctoral research in 2006 to 2010, investigating the impact of cyclonic wind loading on low rise building envelopes.

 Prior to being awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, David was the Manager, for five years, of the CTS at JCU.  He has over twenty years of experience as a research engineer conducting studies into low rise buildings and their components with the CTS.  David has presented information seminars on disaster investigations and better building practices to designers, builders, manufacturers and insurers. He has substantial knowledge on wind induced fatigue failures of building elements and is intimately involved in the full scale house testing program and the CTS authored software for the computer controlled load and measurement systems.

David has conducted Post disaster surveys following severe wind events in cyclonic (WA, NT and North Qld) and non-cyclonic regions (NSW) as well as tornado damage investigations in Canada and earthquake damage assessments in NSW. With this unique background David led the CTS team in wind risk assessments for communities, which has included cyclone risk assessment incorporating evaluation of retro fitting options for communities in WA, and terrain category and wind risk assessment for large installations.

David has and is an invited speaker at international and national conferences and events. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at national and international conferences, and is a member of Standards Australia code committees.  David has been interviewed on wind storm damage, building issues, etc for regional and national media.  Prior to joining the CTS, David was a structural engineer with a consulting firm in Townsville and Sydney.

  • CS3003: Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (Level 3; TSV)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 81+ research outputs authored by Dr David Henderson from 2005 onwards.

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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

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

Optimisation of internal pressure for designing industrial buildings

Indicative Funding
$185,000 over 4 years, in partnership with Australian Steel Institute Ltd ($60,000 over 3 yrs)
The internal pressure in a building is dependent on the sizes of openings in the envelope, and its volume and flexibility, and is a critical loading parameter in building design. Post windstorm damage investigations have shown that incorrect internal pressures are frequently used in building design leading to damage. This project will study the internal pressures generated in buildings with a range of volumes and openings in the envelope. A combination of model scale and full scale tests and theoretical analysis will e used to determine critical parameters for highly turbulent air-flow through openings. Results will be used to revise design data in codes and produce guidelines for consistent, optimal design of industrial type buildings.
John Ginger, Peter Ridd and David Henderson in collaboration with John Holmes and Scott Woolcock (College of Science & Engineering, JDH Consulting and Scott Woolcock Consulting Pty Ltd)
Wind Load; Internal Pressure; Standard Australian English; industrial building

Qld Dept of Housing and Public Works - Contract Research

Mitigation of Losses in Qld from Extreme Wind Events

Indicative Funding
The objective of the project is to investigate and inform on aspects of building doles/standards and implementation to mitigate losses from extreme win events including Cyclones.
David Henderson, Daniel Smith and John Ginger (College of Science & Engineering)
Building; Risk; Resilience; Cyclone; Affordability; House

QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Tenders

Supply of Impact Resistance (part 2)

Indicative Funding
Collaborative project with Queensland Government to determine defining properties of variability and risk of wind driven debris impact testing in order to develop uniform code / standard for assessment of materials for cyclone shelters etc.
David Henderson, John Ginger and Daniel Smith (College of Science & Engineering)
Building; Risk; Resilience; Cyclone; Affordability

Qld Dept of Housing and Public Works - Contract Research

Mitigation of Losses in Community from Extreme Wind Events

Indicative Funding
The objective of the project is to investigate and inform on aspects of building codes/standards and implementation to mitigate losses from extreme wind events including Cyclones.
David Henderson in collaboration with Daniel Smith and John Ginger (College of Science & Engineering)
Building; Risk; Resilience; Cyclone; Affordability; House

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Wind loads on suspended open conical roofs;; (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Correlation of Internal and External Pressure Fluctuations in Industrial Buildings (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Characteristics of Wind-Induced Internal Pressures in Industrial Buildings with Wall Openings (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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