Middle Region WEBINAR - Community Resilience

February 17, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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MTNSEA Webinar


Middle Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Structural Engineers Association

Technical Webinar:

“Community Resilience:

Integrated Models of Civil Infrastructure

and Socio-Economic Systems”

Bruce R. Ellingwood, Ph.D., P.E., N.A.E., Dist. M. ASCE

Community resilience depends on the performance of the built environment and on supporting social, economic and public institutions which, individually and collectively, are essential for immediate response and long-term recovery within the community following a disruptive natural hazard event.  A community’s social needs and objectives (including post-disaster recovery) are not reflected in the codes, standards and other regulatory documents applied to design of individual facilities.  A new, interdisciplinary approach is required, one that reflects the complex inter-dependencies among the physical, social and economic systems on which a healthy and vibrant community depends. The Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, headquartered at Colorado State University, was established by The National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2015 to advance the measurement science for understanding the factors that make a community resilient, to assess the likely impact of natural hazards on communities, and to develop risk-informed decision strategies that optimize planning for and recovery from disasters.  The Center was recently renewed, with a focus on knowledge implementation and community outreach.  This presentation summarizes the approach taken by the Center to advance the science underlying community resilience assessment and provides an illustration of how physical, social and infrastructure models can be integrated in a risk-informed decision context.

Dr. Ellingwood is Co-Director of the NIST-sponsored Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning at Colorado State University.  Over more than four decades, his teaching, research and professional interests have focused on the application of methods of probability and statistics to structural engineering.  He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on structural load modeling, reliability and risk analysis of engineered facilities and as the seminal figure in the technical development of probability based codified standards for design of structures.  He directed the development of the probability-based load criteria for limit states design that appear in ASCE Standard 7 on Minimum Design Loads, the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, and ACI Standard 318 on Structural Concrete.   He has authored more than 400 research papers and reports, is Honorary Editor of Structural Safety, and serves on five other editorial boards.  He is Past President of the Maryland Section of ASCE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.


February 17, 2021: 12:00 to 1:30 pm

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