Abstract: The economic impact of climatic change on critical infrastructure continues to grow each year due to insufficient consideration of resilience during planning and construction. Asset owners continue to underinvest in adaptations that could mitigate the impacts of climate change due to unpredictability of events in both timing and extent and pressing challenges with basic infrastructure needs. In many cases, building for resilience could result in higher initial costs, making it a frequent target for cuts in infrastructure budgets. The presentation provides an overview of a number of initiatives spearheaded by federal and state transportation agencies in the U.S. to build resilience. Furthermore, the use of advanced techniques in condition assessment, disaster data management and decision tools are discussed based on a number of recent case studies, and emerging areas prime for collaboration between academic and industry are highlighted.
Bio: Dr. Ali Maher is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), the USDOT-Region II University Transportation Research Center (UTC), at Rutgers University. He received all his degrees (B.S., M.S., and PhD) in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Maher is an expert in the area of geotechnical and infrastructure engineering. He has extensive experience in development of agency/academia/industry collaboration and partnerships in addressing infrastructure challenges in the U.S. and internationally. Under his leadership CAIT has become one of the leading transportation research centers in the U.S., and a center of excellence in infrastructure management research and education. He has authored numerous papers and reports in prestigious journals and proceedings dealing with a multitude of civil and transportation infrastructure issues and a frequent invited speaker at technical societies and public forums.