Statistical Analysis of Australian Ground Snow Loads

by Lam Pham, CSIRO,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


This paper is concerned with the statistical analysis of snow data from the alpine areas of southeastern Australia (above 1200 m). In these areas, the local variation is large and contour mapping is not meaningful. In most countries, the snow loads for similar locations are site specific. Unfortunately for Australia, locations where snow data are available are not those where developments occur; thus it is necessary to develop a general procedure to estimate snow loads for any site. In this paper, Australian ground snow load data are first analysed, the effects of terrain on the distribution of ground snow loads are then discussed, and finally the proposed Australian method of specifying ground snow loads for the alpine area is described.

Subject Headings: Snow loads | Statistics | Data analysis | Load factors | Load distribution | Terrain | Hydrologic data | Mapping | Australia

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