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Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies and Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design

Photo of Richard Little and Michel Bruneau during the workshop

Richard Little and Michel Bruneau summarized some of the key outcomes at the conclusion of the workshop.

MCEER, in collaboration with the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) organized a workshop, Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies and Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design, held June 24-25, 2002 in New York City. The objective was to review whether knowledge developed during the past to enhance seismic resilience could be used to help achieve terrorism-resistant communities, and at the same time, investigate whether lessons learned from blast-resistant engineering could be used to enhance earthquake engineering practice. 

Photo of workshop participants standing and talking between sessions

Workshop participants exchange perspectives between sessions.

Over 100 experts from a wide variety of backgrounds joined together to address social and engineering issues in an integrated, multidisciplinary format. Sessions alternated between management of complex civil emergencies and engineering issues to achieve terrorism-resistant civil engineering design. 

Proceedings are currently being assembled, and will contain introductory material prepared by the Steering Committee, short biographic material from all the presenters, one-page abstracts for each of the presentations, recommendations for future research, and a CD containing all of the PowerPoint presentations made at the workshop. The proceedings will be available from MCEER in early September.

For more information, visit MCEER's World Trade Center Research Project web page, or MCEER's World Trade Center Workshop web page. 

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