Thursday, November 17, 2022

Each day's schedule runs from 1:00 – 4:00 PM (US Eastern), with ~15 minutes between each of the 3 sessions.

Engineering the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Presented by:

Kancheepuram N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Pres.20.ASCE
William E. Kelly

Powered by ASCE Committee on Sustainability

ASCE has a long history of leading on sustainable development. The U.S. engineering community through the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) led global engineering efforts to support implementation and achievement of the 2015-2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

With the final demise of AAES in 2020, ASCE stepped up to lead this effort and at the same time is working to re-engage the broader U.S. engineering community. This session will briefly review engineering contributions to sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals as background for outlining some ways all ASCE members can participate in and support achievement of the SDGs in the U.S. and globally.

Emerging Technologies for Resilient Infrastructure

Presented by:

Kenichi Soga, F.ASCE
Mahmoud Reda Tasha, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Pingbo Tang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Powered by ASCE Computing and Infrastructure Resilience Divisions

New technologies related to materials, sensing, communication, and computing are expeditiously emerging at an accelerated pace compared to recent decades.  The data or interpretation obtained from these emerging technologies (ETs) can empower decision-makers to improve system resilience, especially when system resilience exceeds the purview of event analysis.  But the effects of ETs on enhancing infrastructure resilience can be difficulty to quantify, and therefore, not fully appreciated.  End-users are unanimous on the beneficial roles of adopting ETs for improving the performance of infrastructure measured by life-cycle reliability or risk.  It is proposed that the value of a specific emerging technology for enhancing infrastructure resilience needs to be addressed to accelerate the usage of ETs for infrastructure resilience and management and to create a smart infrastructure market. In this Tech Talk, it is proposed to have the following three presentations that will discuss the above issues.

"A Framework for Evaluating Technologies' Contributions to Civil Infrastructure System Resilience" by Kenichi Soga, University of California, Berkley

"Emerging Materials Technologies for Resilient Infrastructure" by Mahmoud Reda Taha, University of New Mexico

"Human-Cyber-Physical Security for Resilient Civil Infrastructure Operations" by Pingbo Tang, Carnegie Mellon University

Why & How? Rethinking Engineering Design in a Changing Climate

Presented by:

William J. Capehart, A.M.ASCE
Dagmar K. Llewellyn, A.M.ASCE
Karen Macclune, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
Guirong (Grace) Yan, Ph.D., M.ASCE

Powered by ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate

That the climate is changing is no longer debatable; we are increasingly seeing the evidence around us. This means many of our building codes and standards, which are based on historical climate, are no longer sufficient – our infrastructure is being overwhelmed by increasingly intense natural hazards. However, because future climate is both uncertain and un-stationary, the new codes and standards need to be dynamic, based on the projected future climate while also addressing climate change related uncertainties and un-stationarities. One of the ways we can incorporate this dynamism is to build resiliently.

Resilience is a new concept for engineering. Building for Resilience means more than just strengthening design standards and increasing thresholds. Rather, it recognizes that infrastructure needs to work with and serve the larger human and natural systems that it is a part of, and helps us build for increased variability, less predictability, and more uncertainty. By applying resilience principles — by building in flexibility and redundancy and planning for how, when things fail, the safety of that failure can be maximized — we can create infrastructure that is both tailored for the expected climate and able to deliver core functionality or be quickly reinstated when design thresholds are unexpectedly exceeded.

This presentation will begin with an overview of the state of climate science and how future climate and weather are likely to impact US infrastructure. We will then explore resilience thinking as applied to civil engineering — what are the principles of resilience? What do they look like as applied to the built environment? And what happen when we do not apply them? We’ll then explore how these principles are being applied to build tornado-resilient civil structures and tornado-resilient communities.

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