From Govtech: Pilot Will Look at Cascading Consequences During Disaster. The resiliency plan will focus on how critical infrastructure would continue to function post-disaster, e.g., the study could examine how a wastewater utility would continue operating if it lost its chlorine supplier.
From the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, this report (92 pp.) titled Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage; How to Strengthen the Capabilities of the Nation.
Note that Appendix G addresses Lessons Learned from 2017 disasters.
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.
Northeastern professor creates new way to help cities recover from disasters
Northeastern Professor Ozlem Ergun has a new tool to prioritize recovery efforts after a city is hit by an earthquake, hurricane or other disaster.
Here is the direct link to the report on Plos: Restoration of services in disrupted infrastructure systems: A network science approach
Cities Swimming in Raw Sewage as Hurricanes Overwhelm Systems. Treatment plants unable to cope with influx from Irma, Harvey. Human waste, chemicals sent to waterways by outmatched plants
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.
From the HSDL, this account of a new report on critical infrastructure by MIT: Keeping America Safe: Toward More Secure Networks for Critical Sectors
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 http://www.asce.org/continuing-education/past-elearning-webinars/
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: http://blogs.asce.org/sustainability-summit-organized-to-build-urgency-propose-solutions/
If you would like more information, contact the Diva and she will put you in touch directly with Dick Wright.