Dr John Ginger is the Research Director of the Cyclone Testing Station, at James Cook University in Townsville.  He has been involved in research, testing and consulting in wind engineering since 1987. 

John has extensive experience in wind tunnel model studies and full-scale field tests on projects in Australia and overseas.  He has published papers and presented seminars on wind loading of structures in the areas of external and internal pressure characteristics, fluctuating loads on building components and their response, and structural vulnerability.

  • CS2001: Engineering Strength of Materials (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS2003: Introduction to Structural Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS3000: Structural Analysis (Level 3; TSV)
  • CS3003: Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (Level 3; TSV)
  • EG1011: Statics and Dynamics (Level 1; TSV)
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  • 2006 - Cyclone Testing Station’s representative on the Queensland Tropical Cyclone Coordination committee
  • 2003 - Committee member of Standards Australia committees BD-006 – General Design Requirements and Loading on Structures and BD-006/2 – Wind Loads
  • 1990 - Chairman of the Australasian Wind Engineering Society.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 86+ research outputs authored by Prof John Ginger from 2000 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

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

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - Research Grant

Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events

Indicative Funding
$674,700 over 4 years
Australian houses built prior to the mid 1980s do not offer the same level of performance and protection during windstorms as houses constructed to contemporary building standards. This project will develop the evidence base for risk mitigation by devising simple practical and economic upgrading options for existing houses. The primary objective of this project is to develop cost-effective strategies for mitigating damage to housing from severe windstorms across Australia. Outputs from this project will target a range of users from policy development through to homeowners and builders on recommended actions to improve resilience of existing housing.
John Ginger in collaboration with David Henderson, John Holmes, Geoff Boughton, Mark Edwards and Martin Wehner (College of Science & Engineering, JDH Consulting, TimberED Services Pty Ltd and Geoscience Australia)
Housing; Vulnerability; Wind Loads; Retrofit; Resilience; Hazard

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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 , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Characteristics of Wind-Induced Internal Pressures in Industrial Buildings with Wall Openings (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Correlation of Internal and External Pressure Fluctuations in Industrial Buildings (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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