Promoting societal well-being by designing sustainable and resilient infrastructure: Engineering tools and broader interdisciplinary considerations.

Abstract: Modern societies rely on large-scale interdependent networks and systems, including transportation, water and wastewater, electric power, communication and information networks, that are critical for economic growth and societal well-being. Such infrastructure are vulnerable to natural hazards, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires; as well as anthropogenic hazards from industrial accidents, disease and malevolence. Past disasters have shown that the societal consequences of the damage and failure of infrastructure often significantly exceed the physical damage to such systems. In addition, the extent of impact on society is typically not limited to the immediate aftermath of a hazardous event but can be long term. Furthermore, population growth, economic development in regions particularly vulnerable to natural hazards such as coastal regions, and climate change can exacerbate the risks. This presentation introduces the concepts of sustainability and resilience as two of the most important characteristics of infrastructure in terms of addressing societal needs, and presents some of the engineering tools for the development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure including models for the deterioration and recovery of infrastructure components, systems and communities. The presentation also includes a broader discussion of interdisciplinary considerations that should be accounted for to achieve sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

18 Marzo 2019

Prof. Paolo Gardoni, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 18, 2019, h 15.00 - 17.00
DISG - Geotechnical Library, 3rd floor
Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Via Eudossiana, 18

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