Building Innovation 2014 Conference & Expo Program: IRD Symposium

Integrated Resilient Design Symposium:
Measuring and Improving Resilience of Existing Facilities

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 disasters.

  • John C. Bremer, Emergency Management Coordinator, Katy (Texas) Independent School District
  • Jason Crisco, Executive Assistant, Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, School Safety Infrastructure Council
  • Mohammed M. Ettouney, PE, PhD, MBA, F.AEI, Dist. MASCE, Principal, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
  • Jeff Friedland, Director, Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Management, St. Clair County, Michigan
  • Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Mila Kennett, Senior Program Manager, High Performance and Resilience Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology, Resilient Systems Division
  • Kevin Sean Malloy, Special Agent, Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services, Department of the Interior (Invited)
  • Terrence P. Ryan, Sr. Security Specialist, Raytheon IIS/CSM/UTD
  • An overview of the IRVS program and related family of tools
  • How the IRVS tools can be used to evaluate, measure and improve resilience of existing facilities
  • The latest in IRVS tool development
  • Case studies to illustrate the use of the IRVS tools to measure and improve facility resilience
Symposium Schedule

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

8:00 am – 8:10 am

Welcome and Introductions
Roger Grant, Moderator

8:10 am – 8:45 am

Overview of the IRVS Family and New Directions for Establishing and Improving Facility Resilience, including New Directions for Creating Safe and Resilient Schools
Mila Kennett

08:45 am - 09:00 am

DHS First Responders Tool for Schools
Vanessa Burnett

8:50 am – 9:45 am

Case Studies on School Resilience
John Bremer
Jason Crisco

9:45 am – 10:00 am

10:00 am – 10:25 am

IRVS Review and Update on Latest Version of the IRVS Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Module
Terrence Ryan

10:25 am – 11:00 am

Case Studies on Using IRVS for Establishing and Managing Facility Risk and Resilience

Experiences from Local Government
Jeff Friedland

Experiences from State Government

Experiences from Federal Agencies
Kevin Sean Malloy

11:05 – 11:30 am

New Directions for Establishing Risk and Improving Resilience with IRVS
Mohammed Ettouney

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Closing Discussions
Roger Grant, All

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