Short Course
Objective Resilience Short Course

Resilience can be defined as “the ability to reduce the magnitude and/or duration of disruptive events. The effectiveness of a resilient infrastructure or enterprise depends upon its ability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and/or rapidly recover from a potentially disruptive event.” As such, resilience represents a major issue for society, especially given the magnitude of disaster costs. Because of this, the subject of resilience has emerged recently at an all-important subject for engineers, decision-makers, owners of infrastructures, educators and researchers.

Unfortunately, the knowledge gaps in the subject of resilience are huge. As of the writing of this note, most of the efforts and available resilience-related documents are 1-subjective, and / or 2-address only limited components of resilience. The body of work that comprehensively addresses resilience from objective viewpoints is fairly limited. We can safely propose that without addressing resilience both comprehensively and objectively, it will be difficult to close the above mentioned knowledge gaps in a meaningful manner, and to accommodate the needs of society to improve the resilience of its assets and communities. Such an effort always starts by educating the stakeholders of the basics of objective and comprehensive resilience-related issues.

The proposed short course aims at closing the above-mentioned gaps. The course will address the essential comprehensive nature of resilience from two viewpoints: First, the four components of resilience is addressed (Robustness, Resourcefulness, Recovery, and Redundancy) are presented. The other and equally important viewpoint are the five components of resilience management: assessment, acceptance, treatment (mitigation), monitoring, and communications. Those two viewpoints will be presented throughout the course from both objective and subjective viewpoints as pertinent.

The course is envisioned to last six hours. It will cover several aspects of comprehensive / objective infrastructure resilience, including:

  •          Definitions, and Components.
  •         Resilience management and decision making tools.
  •         Technology (as related to resilience management).
  •         Applications and case studies.
  •         Asset vs. Community Resilience.
  •         Sustainability and Climate Resilience.

The short course is sponsored by EMI Objective Resilience Committee. It is expected to be offered by three lecturers:

  •         Prof. Jerry Lynch
  •         Prof. Chris Mullen
  •         Dr. Mohammed Ettouney (short resilience-related bio attached)
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