Severe storms and flooding have caused extensive economic losses in Texas coastal and inland communities, showing the need to elevate homes to reduce repeated damage and economic loss.

Nur Yazdani, a professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is developing a web-based tool that will help stakeholders properly design home slab elevations to protect homes and possessions against flood waters in future storms.The competitive, two-year, $450,000 award is from the Texas Sea Grant program, using funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“We will use the knowledge we gain through our experimental work and theoretical modeling to develop a tool that will help people determine how to safely elevate their homes, evaluate safety in light of International Building Code provisions and find proper support beam-pier configurations,” Yazdani said. “It will eliminate guesswork and allow people to make informed decisions about a major investment in their homes.”