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 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/

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

 

Another Report on H. Sandy Rebuilding – from RAND

From RAND: The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force’s Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines; An Initial Assessment of Implementation by Federal Agencies. 2014; 74 pages.

This report is very different from the one done by CRS, as noted in the previous posting. It focuses on Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines. And the Diva has to admit she does not know much about this topic.  She welcomes comments about the report from readers.

“Our Failing Weather Infrastructure”

From the NY Times, an article about another potentially disastrous deficiency:  Our Failing Weather Infrastructure. Clearly federal budget cuts in recent times have done a lot of damage. An excerpt:

Each of these instances revealed just how fragile our national weather program really is, and how desperately we need to invest significantly more in the weather infrastructure, technology and the kind of communication redundancies that will keep all of us safe.

This is not a new problem. For years, congressional allocations to the National Weather Service have all but flatlined. Meanwhile, the cost of storm recovery has skyrocketed. In the 20 years leading up to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the United States suffered 133 weather disasters that exceeded $1 billion in damages, for a total of over $875 billion. Sandy, the second-costliest hurricane in the nation’s history, came with a price tag of an estimated $65 billion.