Richard L. Wood

Assistant Professor Richard L. Wood, Ph.D.
Contact Information:
362K WHIT
City Campus (Lincoln)
(402) 472-1916
rwood@unl.edu
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Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • B.S., with Greater Distinction, Civil Engineering, Clarkson University
Research Opportunities (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Remote Sensing of Civil Infrastructure
  • Structural Damage Assessment & System Identification
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Extreme Loads on Structures
  • Nonlinear Structural Modeling
  • Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
Research Profiles:
Courses Taught


Experience
  • Professional Committee Leadership in International and National Organizations:

    • President, Nebraska Section, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Co-chair, Remote Sensing Subcommittee, Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Steering Member, Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Post-disaster reconnaissance mission to assess structural and geotechnical damage following:

    • 2019 Hurricane Dorian (Bahamas): NSF StEER as imaging team lead for FAST-2
    • 2017 Hurricane Harvey (Texas): 2 missions of GEER and NSF Rapid
    • 2015 Pampa Tornado (Texas): NSF Rapid
    • 2015 Gorkha Earthquake (Nepal)
    • 2014 Pilger Tornado Family (Nebraska)
    • 2010 Baja California Earthquake (California and Bajac California): 2 missions of EERI and GEER
  • Professional Committee Membership:

    • Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network, Level 4 Member 
    • Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society (SaGES), member
    • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member and steering committee
    • Remote Sensing Subcommittee, Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member and co-chair
    • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, member
    • Advances in Simulation, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member
    • School Earthquake Safety Initiative, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), member
  • Active journal reviewer, including:

    • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Structural Journal
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Bridge Engineering
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering
    • Automation in Construction
    • Engineering Structures
    • Journal of Applied Mechanics
    • Journal of Building Engineering
    • Journal of Natural Hazards
    • ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry
    • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,  International Journal of Geo-Information

Honors and Awards
  1. 2019 Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award, UNL College of Engineering, 2019

  2. Top Poster Prize in the UNL REU Sustainability of Horizontal Civil Networks in Rural Areas Program, Alexis Laurent, Visiting undergraduate student under my advisement, 2019

  3. 2018 Department of Civil Engineering Outstanding Thesis Award, Garrett P. Martindale, MS student under my advisement, 2018
    1st Place Finish for Student Competition. Mohammadi ME, Wood R. (2018). Automatic Bridge Damage Detection from Point Cloud Representations. 2018 International Highway Engineering Exchange Program (IHEEP), Lincoln, NE, September 22-27, 2018. Awarded to the PhD student under my advisement

  4. 3rd Place Finish for Student Competition. Liao Y, Wood R. (2017). Distributed Infrastructure Assessment of Gravel Roads via Point Clouds. 2017 International Highway Engineering Exchange Program (IHEEP), Covington, KY, September 24-28, 2017. Awarded to the PhD student under my advisement

  5. Certification of Recognition for Contributions for Students (Teaching Award), 2017

  6. ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, West Point, NY, July 2015

  7. Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, 2012

  8. Powell Fellowship Recipient, 2006-2009

  9. Regents Fellowship Recipient, 2007-2008

  10. Charles Martin Clark Prize for Outstanding Character and Scholarship, 2006

  11. Living the Mission Service Award for Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Service to Others, 2003


Funding

Point Cloud Data Collection and Processing of Robber's Cave in Lincoln, Nebraska
Lidar scanning to digitally map the interior of Robber's Cave for supporting documentation for a National Park Service (NPS)/National Register of Historic Places (National Register) nomination. Performed in collaboration with History Nebraska. Role: PI. Status: Funding - Ongoing.

Experimental Verification of Fencing Systems under Lateral Loads
Lab verification of fencing system, no further details (proprietary). Role: PI. Status: Funded - Ongoing.

Outdoor Laboratory and Testbed for Bridge Health (Link to project)
Establishment of the Nebraska Outdoor Bridge Laboratory (NOBL) facility consisting of two steel bridge structures near Yutan/Venice and one concrete bridge structure in (north) Omaha. Facility to be used for research, education, and outreach as a joint venture between UNL and Nebraska DOT. For more details, please inquire with the PI. Role: PI. Collaborators: Christine E. Wittich (co-PI), Joshua S. Steelman (co-PI), Jay A. Puckett (co-PI), Daniel G. Linzell (co-PI), Jinying Zhu (co-PI). Status: Funded - Ongoing.

Data-Driven Prioritization and Empirical Predictions for Scour of Rural Bridges in Nebraska
Evaluate, characterize, and predict scour at bridge structures throughout Nebraska. Role: PI. Collaborators: Christine E. Wittich (co-PI), Junke Guo (co-PI), Chung R. Song (co-PI). Status: Funded - Ongoing.

Phased Construction Bridges: Monitoring and Analysis for Traffic-Induced Vibration
Quantify and confirm the sources of reduced serviceability of phased construction bridges using field monitoring and laboratory investigation. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Christine E. Wittich (PI), George Morcous (co-PI). Status: Funded - Ongoing.

Biopolymerized Slope Stabilization and Advanced Field Monitoring
Field recommendations and implementation of biopolymers on Nebraska slopes. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Chung R. Song (PI), Yong-Rak Kim (co-PI), Jongwan Eun (co-PI). Status: Funded - Ongoing.

Spokes: Medium: Midwest: Smart Big Data Pipeline for Aging Rural Bridge Transportation Infrastructure
The research team will combine existing and new datasets to address challenges of relevance to bridge owners using scalable and replicable big data pipeline components. Role: SP. Collaborators: Robin Gandhi (PI). Status: Funded - Ongoing.

Repair Practices for Damaged Precast/Prestressed Concrete Girders
Prepare best practices and recommendations for repair and retrofit of concrete girders following incidental loading. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: George Morcous (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Closing.

Applications of LiDAR for DOT Applications
Prepare specifications for implementation and integration into existing workflows for structural, transportation, and geotechnical applications. Role: PI. Collaborators: Chung R. Song (co-PI) and Yong-Rak Kim (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Closing.

Improvement of Low Traffic Volume Gravel Roads in Nebraska
Provide recommendations for surface gravel road specifications using native materials through material characterization and field assessment. Role: PI. Collaborator: Yong-Rak Kim (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Ongoing/Extended.

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Experimental Verification of Agricultural Support System
Proprietary-no details are available. Industry and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Sponsored (NDED). Role: PI. Collaborators: Christine E. Wittich (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Closed.

Performance Evaluation of Inverted Tee (IT) Bridge System
Assess in-place inverted tee bridge systems for efficiency, durability, and cost-effectiveness. The project includes field assessment and numerical modeling techniques. Role: PI. Collaborator: George Morcous (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Funded, Supplemented - Project Closed. Funding agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation (includes funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, FHWA).

Post-Fire Damage Assessment of a Highway Bridge
Quantify and characterize damage current health state following vehicular file using ground-based lidar. Role: PI. Collaborators: Christine E. Wittich (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation (prime), HDR Inc. (indirect).

Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring of Critical Infrastructure Using Intelligent Multi-UAS
Seed research grant in the application of UAS and UAS swarms for structural health monitoring. Role: PI. Collaborators: Raj Dasgupta (UNO Computer Science, co-PI) and Robin Gandhi (UNO School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: University of Nebraska System Science Initiative.

Protocol to Evaluate and Load Rate Existing Bridges (part 2)
Part two of outlining field test evaluation procedures for older marginal bridges to verify their extended performance and capacity forthcoming. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Daniel G. Linzell (PI), Joshua S. Steelman (co-PI), Saeed Yashar Eftekhar Azam (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation (includes funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, FHWA).

RAPID/Collaborative Research: Multi-Platform 3-D Data Preservation of Tornado Damage to Engineered Structures in Texas during November 16-17, 2015
Digital data collection using ground-based LiDAR and tethered unmanned aerial vehicles for wind structure and wind speed estimations at the Halliburton Oilfield Services facility near Pampa, TX. Role: PI. Collaborative Partners: J. Arn Womble (West Texas A&M) and Douglas A. Smith (Texas Tech). Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: NSF Award No. CMMI-1623542.

Condition Assessment of Bridge Decks with Asphalt Overlay
Demonstrate example nondestructive testing techniques to quantify concrete bridge decks underneath thin asphalt overlays. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Jinying Zhu (PI). Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation (includes funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, FHWA), formerly Nebraska Department of Roads.

Structural Damage Detection from Three-Dimensional Point Clouds
Detect surface anomalies from large training point cloud sets. Role: PI. Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: University of Nebraska Foundation via a Layman Seed Grant.

Protocol to Evaluate and Load Rate Existing Bridges (part 1)
Outline field test evaluation procedures for older marginal bridges to verify their extended performance and capacity. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Maria Szerszen (PI), Joshua Steelman (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation (includes funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, FHWA), formerly Nebraska Department of Roads.

Design Procedures of Retrofitted Bridge Rail
Feasibility study to determine the capacity of shallow embedded anchorage for bridge rail within 3R (resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation) projects. Role: PI. Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation (includes funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, FHWA), formerly Nebraska Department of Roads.

Lifting Capacity of Hollow Core Planks
Experimental verification, no details (proprietary). Role: PI. Status: Funded - Project Complete. Funding agency: Concrete Industries.


Selected Publications

Selected Journal Papers:

Soti R, Abdulrahman L, Mohammadi ME, Barbosa AR, Wood RL, Olsen MJ. (2020) Post-Earthquake Model Updating of a Heritage Pagoda Masonry Temple Using AEM and FEM. Engineering Structures. In-Press.

Mohammadi ME, Wood RL, Wittich CE (2019). Non-Temporal Point Cloud Analysis for Surface Damage in Civil Structures.  ISPRS IJGI. In-Press. 

Mohammadi ME, Watson DP, Wood RL. (2019) Deep Learning-Based Damage Detection from Aerial SfM Point Clouds. Drones, 3(3), 68. Link

Liao Y, Mohammadi ME, Wood RL, Wittich CE. (2019) Post-Fire Damage Geospatial Assessment via Point Clouds of a Highway Bridge Structure. SEI/ASCE Structural Health Monitoring Applications Case Studies Archive. Link

Song M, Yousefianmoghadam S, Mohammadi ME, Moaveni B, Stavridis A, Wood RL. (2018). An Application of Finite Element Model Updating for Damage Assessment of a Two-Story Reinforced Concrete Building and Comparison with Lidar. Structural Health Monitoring. 17(5): 1129-1150. Link

Womble, J.A., Wood, R.L., Mohammadi, M.E. (2018) Multi-Scale Remote Sensing of Tornado Effects. Front. Built Environ. 4:66.  Link

Wood, R.L., Mohammadi, M.E., Barbosa, A.R., Abdulrahman, L., Soti, R., Kawan,  C.K.,  Shakya,  M.  Olsen, M.J. (2017) Damage Assessment and Modeling of the Five Tiered Pagoda Style Nyatapola Temple. Earthquake Spectra. 33(S1): 377-384. Link

Mahrenholtz, P., Wood, R.L., Eligehausen, R., Hutchinson, T.C., Hoehler, M.S. (2017). “Development and Validation of European Guidelines for Seismic Qualification of Post-Installed Anchors”. Engineering Structures, 148(1): 497-508. Link

Barbosa, A.R., Fahnestock, L.A., Fick, D.R., Gautam, D., Soti, R., Wood, R., Moaveni, B., Stavridis, A., Olsen, M.J. (2017) 2015 Gorkha Nepal Earthquake Performance of Medium-to-High Rise Reinforced Concrete Frame Buildings with Masonry Infill. Earthquake Spectra. 33(S1): 197-218. Link

Song M., Yousefianmoghadam, S., Mohammadi, M.E., Moaveni, B., Stavridis, A.,Wood, R.L. (2017) An Application of Finite Element Model Updating for Damage Assessment of a Two-Story Reinforced Concrete Building and Comparison with Lidar. Structural Health Monitoring. 17(5): 1129-1150. Link

Yu, H., Mohammad, M., Mohammadi, M.E., Moaveni, B., Barbosa, A.R., Stavridis, A., Wood, R.L. (2017) Structural Identification of an 18-story RC Building in Nepal Using Post-Earthquake Ambient Vibration and Lidar Data, Front. Built Environ. 3:11. Link

Mohammadi, M.E., Yousefianmoghadam, S., Wood, R.L., and Stavridis, A. (2016) Damage Quantification from Point Clouds for Finite Element Model Calibration. SEI/ASCE Structural Health Monitoring Applications Case Studies Archive.  Link

Wittich, C.E., Hutchinson, T.C., Wood, R.L.; Seracini, M.; Kuester, F. (2015) Characterization of Full-Scale Human-Form Culturally Important Statues: A Case Study. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Link

Wang X., Pantoli, E., Hutchinson T.C., Restrepo, J.I., Wood, R.L., Hoehler, M.S., Grzesik, P., and Sesma, F.H. (2015) Seismic Performance of Cold-Formed Steel Wall Systems in a Full-Scale Building. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Link

Wood, R.L. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2014) Design-Oriented Model for Capturing the In-Plane Seismic Response of Partition Walls. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 140(6): 04014023. Link

Hutchinson, T.C., and Wood, R.L. (2013) Cyclic Load Protocol for Anchored Nonstructural Components and Systems. Earthquake Spectra, 29(3): 817-842. Link

Wood, R.L. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2013) Crack Protocols for Anchored Components and Systems. ACI Structural Journal, 110(3): 391-402.

Wood, R.L. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2012) Effects of Ground Motion Scaling on Nonlinear Higher Mode Building Response. Earthquakes and Structures, 3(6): 869-887. Link


Recent Presentations

Invited Talks:
1. Wood RL*, Wittich CE*. (2019). Cather and Pound Halls Demolition: Project Overview and Lessons Learned. Invited Speakers (co-presenters), 2019 UNL Civil Engineering Alumni Reunion, Lincoln, NE, April 12, 2019. 

2. Wood RL*, Wittich CE*, Linzell DG*. (2018). Cather and Pound Halls Demolition. Invited Speakers (co-presenters), 2018 Annual Structural Conference of the Nebraska Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Omaha, NE, September 21, 2019.

3. Wood RL*, Wittich CE*, Linzell DG*. (2018). Implosion of Cather & Pound Halls: Research Findings. Invited Speakers (co-presenters), 2018 American Institute of Architects Nebraska Annual Conference, Lincoln, NE, September 21, 2018.

4. Song CR*, Wood RL*, Wittich CE. (2018). Identification of Slope Movement Based on Surface LiDAR and Surface Imagery Techniques. Invited Speakers (co-presenters). 53rd Annual Shallow Exploration Drillers Clinic, La Vista, NE, April 17-18, 2018.

5. Wood RL*, Wittich CE*, Linzell DG. (2018). An Overview of the 2017 Cather & Pound Implosion: Impact on Structural Engineering Studies. Invited Speaker (co-presenters), Engineers Club of Lincoln Meeting. Lincoln, NE, April 10, 2018. 

6. Wittich CE*, Wood RL, Linzell DG. (2018). Demolition of Cather and Pound Residence Halls: Monitoring of Progressive Collapse and Impact on Surrounding Structures. Collaborator was an invited speaker, Structural Engineers Association of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE, March 8, 2018. 

7. Wood RL*, Wittich CE*, Linzell DG*, Shippen L*. (2018). What Goes Up, Must Come Down: lessons from the Cather/Pound Demolition. Invited Speaker (co-presenters), UNL Faculty Connector. Lincoln, NE, February 15, 2018. 

8. Wood RL*, Wibowo H*, Sritharan, S. (2017). Evaluation of UHPC Overlay: Performance Assessment. Invited Speaker (co-presenters), UHPC for Bridge Applications Workshop, Ames, IA, May 4, 2017.

9. Wood RL*. (2016). Micro-scale Remote Sensing of Damaged Civil Infrastructure. Invited Speaker, Remote Sensing Subcommittee, ASCE SEI Wind Steep Estimation in Tornadoes Committee Meeting, Rock Hill, SC, November 30, 2016.

10. Wood RL*. (2016). Structural Damage Detection Algorithms within Three-Dimensional Point Clouds. Invited Guest, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, April 5, 2016.

11. Wood RL*. (2015). 2014 Pilger Tornado and 2015 Nepal Earthquake: Case Studies in Digital Technology Damage Assessments. Invited Speaker. Nebraska-NSPE Annual Seminar and Educational Foundation Continuing Education Program. Nebraska National Society of Professional Engineers, Eagle, NE, September 11, 2015.

12. Wood RL*. (2014). Methods of Structural Damage Characterization for Infrastructure. Invited Speaker. 34th Annual Structural Congress. Structural Engineering Association of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, September 19, 2014. 

13. Wood RL*. (2013). Seismic Response of Nonstructural Components: Effects of Partition Walls and Response of Cultural Heritage Artifacts. Invited Speaker. EERI Seminar Series. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, December 20, 2013.

14. Wood RL*. (2013). Seismic Response of Nonstructural Components and the Effects of Partition Walls on the Coupled Building System Response. Invited Speaker. SE 290 Graduate Student Seminar Series. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, January 30, 2013.

15. Wood RL*. (2013). Structural Engineering for Cultural Heritage: Cracked Frescoes in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Invited Speaker. SE 207 Forensic Engineering. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, January 29, 2013.

16. Wood RL*. (2013). Overview of the Seismic Response of Nonstructural Components. Invited Speaker. Powell Fellows and Board Members Luncheon. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, January 17, 2013. 

17. Wood RL*. (2012). Structural Engineering for Cultural Heritage. Invited Speaker. EERI@UNR Seminar Series. University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, NV, October 25, 2012.

18. Wood RL*. (2010). Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance of the 2010 Baja California Earthquake. Invited Speaker. UCSD Retirement Association. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, November 19, 2010.


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