Integrated Resilient Design Symposium:
Measuring and Improving Resilience of Existing
Earn 3.5 Learning Units/Health, Safety, Welfare
Wednesday, January 8, 8:00 am - 11:45 am
Establishing the resilience of facilities during the
operations phase of the facility life cycle is critical to managing and
improving the safety and security of all types of buildings and their
occupants. The Integrated Resilient Design (IRD) Symposium: Measuring and Improving Resilience of
Existing Facilities will focus on those experiences and practices that owners
and operators need to both establish and improve facility resilience.
Per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
resilience is the ability to reduce the effects of the magnitude and duration
of disruptive events on the physical environment. The effectiveness of a
resilient enterprise depends upon its ability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to
and/or rapidly recover from a potentially disruptive event.
By accurately and consistently measuring existing resilience,
owners and operators can identify needed improvements and inform the planning
of new and replacement facilities if warranted. The Integrated Rapid Visual
Screening (IRVS) family of tools, developed by the DHS Science & Technology
(S&T) Resilient Systems Division (RSD), provides a framework for
identifying resilience of a wide range of facilities based on a multi-hazard
approach that incorporates interactions between facility characteristics. The
results provide both a baseline for establishing relative resilience, as well
as an indication of deficiencies and a path to their mitigation.
Organizations ranging from municipalities to federal
agencies to school systems are applying the IRVS to measure and make plans to
improve resilience. The IRD Symposium will include case studies from a range of
these types of organizations. The program leader at DHS and the development
team will also present the latest IRVS directions to support the needs of these
organizations. The case studies and future development work will help attendees
understand how they can use the IRVS tools today and in the future to evaluate
and improve facility resilience to a full range of man-made and natural
The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.