Tag: Civil Engineering

How the Increased Frequency of Droughts Will Put Pressure on City Water Infrastructure

How the Increased Frequency of Droughts Will Put Pressure on City Water Infrastructure

How the Increased Frequency of Droughts Will Put Pressure on City Water Infrastructure

11/03/19

“How will the increased frequency of droughts add stress to a city’s water infrastructure?”

 

As the climate is changing, more and more cities around the world will have to deal with the effects of drought. This means that less water will be available for municipal services, placing a strain on infrastructure. This effect can already be seen in cities around the world, whether it be Cape Town’s Day Zero crisis or Chennai running out of water. This is How the Increased Frequency of Droughts Will Put Pressure on a City’s Water Infrastructure.

Why Urban Heat Resilience Needs to Be Equitable

Why Urban Heat Resilience Needs to Be Equitable

Why Urban Heat Resilience Needs to Be Equitable

10/31/19

“Why must equity take paramount importance when we design urban heat resilience?”

 

With the increase in average global temperatures and the densification of metropolitan centers, urban heat resilience will become a greater issue for the world. However, engineers and urban planners must keep in mind that the most vulnerable people in society, particularly seniors, young children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities and medical conditions will be the most susceptible to extreme heat. Resilience techniques that do not take these elements of society into account or ignore their needs will actively hurt them. For example, if all of the resources go to greening the wealthy districts of a city, then none will be left for people of lower-income areas. Since it is the duty of resilience professionals to ensure the safety of those most affected by climate change, it is only understandable Why Urban Heat Resilience Needs to Be Equitable.

Asset Resilience Prioritization

Asset Resilience Prioritization

Asset Resilience Prioritization

10/02/19

“How should we prioritize assets for resilience?”

Many institutions and communities all over the world have to deal with limited resources. And this applies to the world of resilience. Sometimes we will not be able to have enough backup power in the case of a large-scale power outage. As a result, different assets will have to be given different levels of priority of power. This Asset Resilience Prioritization is one of the most important parts of resilience planning and is necessary for every planner.

Infrastructure Lock-in

Infrastructure Lock-in

Infrastructure Lock-in

09/05/19

“What are the consequences of large-scale investment in outdated infrastructure technologies?”

Institutions are constantly faced with difficult infrastructure decisions. Should they invest in experimental technologies such as renewable energy and distributed battery systems or opt for more traditional oil pipelines? Well, whatever approach is taken, the infrastructure and supply chain created will exist for multiple generations to come and will create heavy inertia to shift. A fine illustration of this is the difficulty of shifting the United States to mass transit due to its car and road dependent paradigm. This Infrastructure Lock-in must be dealt with when making policy decisions. 

Release Assessment

Release Assessment

Release Assessment

08/27/19

“How can we analyze the probability of a risk factor breaking out?”

Risk is one of the most important components in infrastructure projects, whether it be related to the structural integrity of a bridge or the temperature levels of a nuclear power plant. If something goes wrong, it could end up costing billions of dollars. So how can we analyze and quantify the release of such events. Well, we can perform something called a Release Assessment, which integrates every possible factor that could lead to failure.

Why Building Codes Should Include Resilience and Adaptation Criteria

Why Building Codes Should Include Resilience and Adaptation Criteria

Why Building Codes Should Include Resilience and Adaptation Criteria

07/20/19

“Why should there be more focus on resilience and adaptation in building codes?”

The building sector in the industrialized world has become a very standardized process, with many codes stipulating what needs to be accomplished. However, with the advent of climate change and the accompanying increase in frequency of natural disasters, there needs to be more focus on ensuring that new buildings are ready for such phenomena. This can be accomplished by incorporating them into building codes, so developers will be certain to consider them. This is Why Building Codes Should Include Resilience and Adaptation Criteria.