The aim of Wind Engineering Public Reference is to create a comprehensive open reference on the field of wind engineering and the associated sciences. The nature and challenge of wind engineering is its interdisciplinary character comprising civil engineering, structural dynamics, meteorology, probabilistic, experimental and numerical fluid dynamics as well as maritime and environmental engineering to name only some of the main disciplines involved.

In all of the related areas tremendous work has been carried out in the past forming the science of wind engineering as it is today. Information on research work or on individual projects performed around the globe are available in various professional journals, PhD-theses, conference proceedings and other more regional publications mainly available at the respective institutions.

The idea of this web site is to create an overview of the performed work complementing the existing publication channels with a “who does what?” and “where to find” registry. The overview shall be accessible for everybody and hence serve as a public reference. The articles and information on this site shall address researches, teachers, design engineers, city planners, architects, engineering students and the interested individual in general. Using the internet allows in this connection the easiest access to and/or dissemination of provided information.

The conceptual design of the web site can be understood as an open joint project combining the assets of a news magazine and a library. Contributions should refer to approved work and publications such as PhD-theses or reviewed papers in journals and conference proceedings. Further information regarding submission of contributions is provided in “Contact & Submission” and “Author Instructions”.

The content and structure of the site and its future development depend on your contributions and will develop gradually over time. To begin with the content will be structured in following main categories:

General Info: general articles relating to areas in wind engineering, news bulletins, press mirror, historical issues, conferences & event calendar, links to other organisations and institutions in the field of wind engineering, etc.

Education: information and resources for students and teachers such as introductory articles, tutorials lecture slides and material and useful links to the web, announcements for international courses (PhD-level courses) on related topics several, lists on literature and scientific open source and free software, etc.

Research: platform for researchers and research initiatives. Recent and ongoing research work can be presented with relating scientific publications (conference contributions, journal papers, PhD theses) structured in categories such as wind tunnel techniques, computational wind engineering, wind loading, bridge aerodynamics, codification, etc.

Tech Corner: list of suppliers for instruments and data acquisition systems for laboratory, wind tunnel and full-scale applications as well special equipment and elements for wind tunnel construction.

Details regarding submission of contributions to ìWind Engineering ñ public referenceî (WEPR) are provided in “Contact & Submission” and “Author Instructions”.

The idea to this web site was born in 2004 and first drafts of the site were developed until 2006. In 2007 the International Association of Wind Engineering (IAWE) expressed its endorsement for the WEPR project. The web site is based and carried through private initiative and shall operate like a non-profit organisation. Costs for hosting, maintenance, technical development and editorial work shall be supplemented with public funding or sponsoring. Beyond that any excess income will be donated to the International Association of Wind Engineering to support their activities within the field. The formal establishment of WEPRís micro organisation will be provided through the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Convinced that this site will contribute to the field of Wind Engineering we are looking forward to receive positive and constructive resonance and contributions. Disregarding the state of progress of the web site we hope that you as our visitor will find useful information and inspiration.

Hellerup, December 2011

Holger H. Koss
Editor WEPR