Tools for Building Resilient Infrastructure Workshop

On behalf of The Resilience Shift, 100 Resilient Cities will host a fast-paced, high energy workshop on October 30th in Washington, DC that will explore the practical implications of using and developing tools to build resilience into early stage critical infrastructure.

Date: October 30, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Twitter: Follow along at #resilienceshift

The workshop will include private and non-profit tool developers together with tool users and influencers to create a shared understanding of tool uses, gaps, and benefits.

At this workshop:

  • Users will explore a variety of tools available and how the tools create or may create value in existing or pipeline projects
  • Developers will learn what users need from tools and receive feedback on the use and value of their tools
  • Users and developers will learn what inputs and outputs are required for tools to be most useful
  • Users, potential users, and developers will provide input on the design/approach of a potential platform/clearinghouse of tool resources to share opportunities, challenges, and tool solutions/insights

What does all that actually mean?

The Resilience Shift: The focus of the Resilience Shift is to do work, and support others to do work, that will shift the worldwide approach to resilience in practice. This will help practitioners involved in critical infrastructure to make decisions differently, so that it continues to function under both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

Tools: Tools can be web-based applications, software, Excel based applications, workshops, frameworks, or other semi-self-directed devices used to improve the outcome and ease the implementation of a process.

Tool users: In this context, tool user refers to project owners or potential project owners. Typically, this means city government representatives.

Influencers: Influencers in this context are organizations and institutions that are critical to the implementation of a infrastructure project but may not be the tool user themselves. Examples of these organizations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, FHWA, FTA, EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, American Institute of Architects, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, etc.

Early stage critical infrastructure projects: Projects that are in the diagnose, conceive, options, and procure stages of delivery are in “early stage” or “front end.” Critical infrastructure refers to assets that are critical for the functioning of a society or economy. This includes roads, bridges, airports, transit, transfer stations, and other similar assets but also includes hospitals, schools, and buildings that are essential to the operation of a city.