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Andrei Reinhorn

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Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo

Resilience Framework

Disaster resilience is characterized by “reduced probability of system failure, reduced consequences due to failure, and reduced time to system restoration.” These three desired outcomes constitute the essence of the framework proposed by MCEER to quantitatively define resilience.

MCEER’s research activities are predicated on the notion that improvements in resilience are achieved through the application of advanced technologies and decision tools in both the pre- and post-extreme event context. Research activities seek to obtain quantitative data on the extent to which these measures result in improvements in resilience for infrastructure systems, hospitals, and communities and to explore their impacts in test-bed studies.

Research activities undertaken as part of this effort are furthering MCEER’s objective of providing organizations and communities with a suite of resilience-enhancing tools that will be validated through test-beds and demonstration projects.

This approach is designed to ensure the development of reliable, validated, and replicable criteria and measures of resilience at component, network, system, and community levels for a variety of infrastructure.

Call for Papers: Special issue of ASCES's Journal of Structural Engineering

Authors are invited to submit papers for this special issue with the theme: Resilience-based design of structures and infrastructures. The aim of this special issue is to answer the following question: How can the technical, operational and social elements of critical structures and infrastructure systems be integrated, designed and planned for disaster resilience against multiple hazards?

Project List and Descriptions
MCEER Reports
Selected Publications
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