NIST to Study PR Infrastructure Impacts

NIST Launches Study of Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it will study the impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, focusing specifically on the performance of critical buildings and their dependence on distributed infrastructure (such as electricity and water), as well as emergency communications and the public’s response to those communications.

U.S. Is Lagging in Infrastructure

The U.S. Has Forgotten How to Do Infrastructure. The nation once built things fast and cheaply. Now experts are puzzled why costs are higher and projects take longer than in other countries. A key explanation:

That suggests that U.S. costs are high due to general inefficiency — inefficient project management, an inefficient government contracting process, and inefficient regulation. It suggests that construction, like health care or asset management or education, is an area where Americans have simply ponied up more and more cash over the years while ignoring the fact that they were getting less and less for their money. To fix the problems choking U.S. construction, reformers are going to have to go through the system and rip out the inefficiencies root and branch.

Resources from the ASCE

ASCE is the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an old friend, Richard Wright, is an active volunteer at the association.  Recently, mentioned some of the work ASCE has been doing, and I thought I would share it with readers.

ASCE work on Adapting Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Practice to a Changing Climate is described in a freely available webinar:  The webinar is available at

Another product is Adapting Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Practice to a Changing Climate on September 1, 2015.

ASCE’s strategic initiative in sustainability is described in a recent blog:


If you would like more information, contact the Diva and she will put you in touch directly with Dick Wright.