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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS OFFERS TECHNICAL EXPERTISE TO FLORIDA, LOUISIANA REGIONS RAVAGED BY HURRICANE ANDREW

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS OFFERS TECHNICAL EXPERTISE TO
 FLORIDA, LOUISIANA REGIONS RAVAGED BY HURRICANE ANDREW
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today sent telegrams to Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards offering the expertise of local civil engineers for recovery efforts underway in the wake of Hurricane Andrew.
 "ASCE members in Florida and Louisiana are prepared to assist state, county and local officials in addressing technical life-line issues, such as water, energy and transportation systems, as well as condition assessments of structures," ASCE President Chuck Pennoni said in urgent messages to both governors.
 ASCE members with valuable expertise in wind engineering, structural engineering, hurricane mitigation, and building codes have already begun investigations into what is being called the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
 National experts on hand include Dr. Peter Sparks of Clemson University, who organized the "Hugo One Year Later" Conference in Charleston, S.C., in 1990, and building codes expert Herb Saffir, who developed the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
 Civil engineers affiliated with sections and branches in the two states have initiated technical support programs for local relief efforts.
 In Florida, ASCE's South Florida section, Broward County Branch and Miami Dade Branch are among those heavily involved. Civil engineers from around the region have been urged to provide support as well.
 ASCE Louisiana Section President William Gwyn of Metarie is coordinating society efforts in that state and reports that members are assessing damage sites in Morgan City, La Place, New Iberia, Franklin and other communities hit by the storm. Gwyn expects volunteers from the society's Acadiana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport branches to also participate in relief efforts.
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 /NOTE: Reporters in need of civil engineering experts for stories on Hurricane Andrew should call ASCE at the number below./
 /CONTACT: American Society of Civil Engineers, Public Relations Department, 202-789-2200/ CO: The American Society of Civil Engineers ST: Florida, Louisiana IN: SU:


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