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The Role of Advanced Technologies in Structural Engineering for More Resilient Communities

A workshop hosted by the ResilientAmerica Roundtable
and the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment
of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
in collaboration with the SEI/ASCE Advances in Information Technology Committee


September 26, 2017
Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617



Across the nation, communities are taking action to build their resilience to extreme events. As communities look to achieve more efficient and effective disaster risk reduction, opportunities exist for design professionals to help them advance their efforts using innovative and forward-looking technologies. For example, new structural materials and systems are emerging that are smart, connected, adaptive, sustainable and that will perform in a predictable manner. The question is how to best connect these advancements with community resilience objectives, outcomes, and goals. On September 26, 2017, the ResilientAmerica and the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with the SEI/ASCE Advances in Information Technology Committee hosted the workshop, "The Role of Advanced Technologies in Structural Engineering for More Resilient Communities," that brought together representatives from the public, private, and academic sectors to explore the role that advanced technologies and design innovation could play in structural engineering and construction to promote more resilient communities as they prepare for the next hazard event and how to quickly recover afterwards.

This workshop:
  • Explored the role of advanced technologies and structural performance data in existing infrastructure and built systems to enhance resilience and promote faster recovery;
  • Discussed the future role of advanced technologies and design practice in promoting community resilience --what does a resilient city’s built infrastructure look like in the future? and,
  • Identified research gaps or opportunities in development and use of advance technologies and design for building resilient infrastructure.
The purpose of this workshop was to bring together researchers, experts, practitioners, and noted leaders to look at the role of innovative technologies and smart infrastructure in building more resilient and sustainable communities and explore the following questions:
  • How can advanced technologies and structural performance data in structural engineering support the design of infrastructure and built systems that enhance resilience and promote faster recovery? 
  • What are today’s most promising innovations in technology and how are communities benefiting?
  • What is the future role of advanced technologies and design practice-- what does a resilient city’s built infrastructure look like in the future?
  • What are the research gaps or opportunities in development and use of advance technologies and design for building resilient infrastructure?

Setting the Stage 

Chris Poland, Consulting Engineer, "From Resilient Infrastructure to Resilient Communities: how can emerging technologies support community efforts to become resilient?"

Enabling Community Resilience: Innovative Technologies in the Built Environment.  
This panel explored several questions: 
  • What roles or functions do technologies and infrastructure play in a resilient community?
  • How can infrastructure investments today ensure resilience in communities in the future and across the design life of the infrastructure?
  • How can technologies and infrastructure be integrated into current systems and planning to build resilience?
Panelists

Janice Barnes, Global Resilience Director, Perkins + Will, "Health Districts:  Making Our Infrastructure Work Harder for Us"
Reggie DesRoches, Dean of Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, "
Development of a Rapid Post-Earthquake Situational Awareness Tool for California Bridges"
Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman Architects, "
Reducing the Misery by Accelerating Recovery"


Tech Workshop 2017-Enabling Community Resilience panel
Enabling Community Resilience: Innovative Technologies in the Built Environment panel (left to right):  Arrietta Chakos, Policy Advisor/Consultant, Urban Resilience Strategies (panel moderator); Reginald DesRoches; Steve Moddemeyer; and Janice Barnes


Innovative Technologies: What are they now, what could they be in the future?  This panel explored two main questions: 
  • What is the vision for built infrastructure in resilient communities of the future? How can we better apply these technologies to benefit society?
  • What is the “out of the box” thinking for the future? What does the next wave of research and design entail?
Presenters

Oral Buyukozturk, Professor, MIT, "Designing for Resilience from Atoms to Structures"
Maria Feng, Renwick Professor, Columbia University, "If Bridges Could Talk..."
Daniel Hiller and Alex Stolz, Fraunhofer, "Innovative technologies to increase urban resilience – a German perspective"
Jerome Lynch, Professor, University of Michigan, "Current and Future Innovative Technologies for Community Resiliency: A Michigan Perspective"
Robert D. Moser, Senior Research Civil Engineer, Engineering Systems and Materials Division – Research Group, Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), "Innovation in DoD Infrastructure Systems: Diagnosis → Prognosis → Decision → Solution"


Tech Workshop 2017-Oral BuyukozturkTech Workshop 2017-MoserTech Workshop 2017-Lynch
Oral BuyukozturkRobert D. MoserJerome Lynch


Tech Workshop 2017-Maria Feng
Maria Feng


Tech Workshop 2017-Hiller & Stolz
Daniel Hiller and Alex Stolz


Featured Speaker – How are cities thinking about the role of technologies and structural engineering for the future?

Tech Workshop 2017-Featured speaker
Featured Speaker:  Paul Brown, President, Paul Redvers Brown, Inc.


Visions of the Future: Enabling Design and Integration of Emerging Technologies.  This panel explored three questions: 
  • How could emerging technologies and innovations be integrated into the built environment? What are the potential challenges?
  • How can decision makers build flexibility into their current decisions and initiatives to account for innovation and technological advances to come?
  • How can decision makers, planners, and other stakeholders effectively use emerging technologies and innovations with current infrastructure projects and initiatives? And future ones?
Panelists

 

Craig A. Davis, Trunk Line Design Manager and Seismic Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
David Mar, Partner, Mar Structural Design, "Design Choices are Performance Investments"
Peter Marx, VP Advanced Concepts, GE Digital


Tech Workshop 2017-Visions of the Future panel
Peter Marx; Ron Eguchi, President & CEO, ImageCat Inc. (panel moderator); Craig A. Davis; and David Mar


Wrap-up Discussion:  Where Are We & What's Next

Tech Workshop 2017-Naeim & Lin
(left to right)  Farzad Naeim, President, Farzad Naeim, Inc.; Ting Lin, Assistant Professor, Marquette University
 

 





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