Experts come together to make Tyndall more resilient


PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael destroyed the Panhandle, and Tyndall Air Force Base was no exception. Three years later, it’s time to rebuild.

“I think Tyndall was very clear that they don’t want the base they had,” Dave Robau, executive director of the Gulf Coast Energy Network

That’s why the Power Up Expo 2021 is taking place in Bay County.

“Everything from products to new services or innovative technologies, which really run the gamut, from design to construction, to energy which is at the heart of our concerns … and I think our focus here or our job is to connect and be a conduit for some of these vendors to military and mission planners, ”Robau said.

Scientists, engineers, contractors and officials from the Department of Defense come together to show exactly how Tyndall will be the base of the future.

“So many Airmen live off the fence and work at Tyndall, and there is such a key relationship with the community, so how do we share information in real time so that we can better understand and operate better?” Lance Marrano, US Army science and technology adviser to Tyndall AFB, said.

These military experts are working together to find ways to make Tyndall and other bases stand up to the forces of Mother Nature.

“We are of course talking about sea level rise and we are also talking about extreme weather events like hurricanes,” Marrano said.

Hurricane Michael taught us all many lessons.

“The indications that we have received from mother nature in the past that a hurricane would only reach a certain wind speed, obviously that orientation is OBE now and we realize that the wind speed can be much, much higher. Lowell Usrey, head of the Integration Branch for Natural Disaster Recovery Division said.

When Hurricane Michael made landfall at Tyndall Air Force Base, the winds were blowing at 160 mph, which is a Category 5. This new infrastructure will be built to withstand winds ranging from 160 mph to 200 mph.

“In addition, all of our facilities will be designed for a higher design flood rise above mean sea level so that they are also more resistant to storm surges,” Usrey said.

To see if that will work, they built a Digital Twin of the facility.

“We scanned the facility, and now we’re integrating it into a virtual reality model of the facility that allows everyone to step into a virtual reality or an augmented reality and experience the facility that it’s going to be, ”Marrano said.

A plan that takes the minds of many to build a base that can truly withstand anything. Seventy percent of the projects planned for Tyndall will be under contract by the end of this calendar year.

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