Category Archives: Infrastructure

Latest ASCE Report Card on America’s Infrastructure

Latest report card for America’s Infrastructure –a hint: the grades are really bad! A service of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Vulnerability of Infrastructure to Effects of Climate Change

From HSWire an article re infrastructure vulnerability and citations to 2 new reports. Two U.S. government reports released last Thursday warn that U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The reports contain compilations of technical documents supporting … Continue reading

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Deeper and Harder Analyses of the the Philippine Disaster

Granted that the humanitarian concerns are very great in the Philippines, but there are many other deep-seated problems that warrant attention. Here are two accounts provide a closer look a the tough problems in the Philippines: Philippines Typhoon Response Highlights … Continue reading

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Rethinking Grid Infrastructure

From the Huffington Post, see: Microgrids: Hurricane Sandy Forced Cities To Rethink Power Supply Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point … Continue reading

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CA Wildfires Put Major Infrastructure at Risk

The wildfires currently raging in CA are among the largest in the history of the state. Not the largest just yet. I do not recall power and water systems for one or more major cities at such high risk in … Continue reading

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Recovery Planning Guide for Transportation Disasters

A newly issued report from the Transportation Research Board (of the National Academy of Sciences) is a useful addition to the recovery literature. Its full title is A Pre-Event Recovery Planning Guide for Transportation; the full document is 207 pages, … Continue reading

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Major Infrastructure Improvements Needed in NJ

See this article from Homeland Security Newswire titled NJ Faces Costly Water Instrastructure Upgrades. Before Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, state officials knew they had much work ahead of them to update the state’s water infrastructure. The damage Sandy inflicted … Continue reading

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Facilities Managers’ Perspective on H. Sandy

The view from the perspective of facilities managers. Related articles NY Town Eyes Hospital Reopening Months… – ABC News (abcnews.go.com) In wake of Hurricane Sandy, Middlesex County Utilities Authority still in ‘emergency mode’ (nj.com) Sandy-Damaged New York Aquarium To Partially … Continue reading

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Report on Improving Infrastructure in NY State

As noted in an earlier posting, Gov. Cuomo of NY set up 3 special commissions to provide advice and direction regarding mitigation and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.  The result of one of those commission’s is described here: Preliminary Report … Continue reading

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Does Knowledge + Disaster = Needed Actions?

Right now, the the window of opportunity is open in NY and NJ to orchestrate the recovery from H. Sandy.  The body of knowledge is substantial about risks, vulnerabilities, potential flood control measures, and alternative development patterns. The disaster has … Continue reading

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