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Symposium Focuses on Measuring, Improving Resilience of Existing Facilities

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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, to be held Wednesday, January 8, 8:00 am – 11:45 am, as part of Building Innovation 2014: the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, 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 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.

Speakers include:

  • 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

Don’t miss the opportunity to get an overview of the IRVS program and related family of tools; learn how the IRVS tools can be used to evaluate, measure and improve resilience of existing facilities; hear about the latest in IRVS tool development; and view case studies to illustrate the use of the IRVS tools to measure and improve facility resilience, including the new direction for schools, all at the IRD Symposium.

Register now to attend Building Innovation 2014 and the IRD Symposium before December 31, 2013, and save $100 or more off onsite registration!

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