New ASCE manual provides framework to plan and design for hazards

June 21, 2021

Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure: Analysis and Design, a new manual of practice (MOP) from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provides a framework to plan and design for hazards. Image courtesy ASCE[1]
Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure: Analysis and Design, a new manual of practice (MOP) from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provides a framework to plan and design for hazards.
Image courtesy ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers[2]’ (ASCE’s) new book, Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure: Analysis and Design[3], Manual of Practice (MOP) 144, provides guidance and underlying framework for creating consistency across hazards, systems, and sectors in designing new infrastructure systems and enhancing resilience of existing ones.

Natural disasters including earthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms affect a large portion of the world’s population. Infrastructure resilience and sustainability are critical system characteristics to prepare and endure as a society, ASCE said in a press release.

Using probabilistic methods for risk analysis and management of infrastructure projects, this MOP addresses uncertainties within a planning horizon timeframe effectively, including:

“We designed this manual of practice to help foster consistent and coordinated infrastructure systems,” said Bilal M. Ayyub, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE, the MOP’s editor. “The most important thing we can achieve is the building of resilient communities.”

The examples and case studies will assist engineers, planners, researchers, and other community stakeholders as they make assessments, and plan and design decisions related to all types of hazards and infrastructure.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Opener-9.jpg
  2. American Society of Civil Engineers: https://www.asce.org/
  3. Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure: Analysis and Design: https://sp360.asce.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Merchandise/Product-Details/productId/273766313

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