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?
- The abstract deadline is May 21, 2013.
- Informational flyer
Project List and Descriptions
- L'Aquila Earthquake of April 6, 2009 in Italy: Rebuilding a Resilient City to Multiple Hazard, G.P. Cimellaro, I.P. Christovasilis, A.M. Reinhorn, A. DeStefano and T. Kirova; MCEER-10-0010; 12/29/2010; 286 pages; $35
- A Framework for Defining and Measuring Resilience at the Community Scale: The PEOPLES Resilience Framework, C.S. Renschler, A.E. Frazier, L.A. Arendt, G.P. Cimellaro, A.M. Reinhorn and M. Bruneau; MCEER-10-0006; 10/8/2010; 106 pages; $25
- Quantification of Disaster Resilience of Health Care Facilities, G.P. Cimellaro, C. Fumo, A.M. Reinhorn and M. Bruneau; MCEER-09-0009; 9/14/2009; 212 pages; $35
- Enhancements to Hospital Resiliency: Improving Emergency Planning for and Response to Hurricanes, D.B. Hess and L.A. Arendt; MCEER-09-0007; 7/20/2009; 78 pages; $25
- System Performance Under a Multi-Hazard Environment, C. Kafali and M. Grigoriu; MCEER-08-0006; 3/4/2008; 246 pages; $35
- Linking Lifeline Infrastructure Performance and Community Disaster Resilience: Models and Multi-Stakeholder Processes, S.E. Chang, C. Pasion, K. Tatebe and R. Ahmad; MCEER-08-0004; 3/3/2008; 154 pages; $30
- White Paper on the SDR Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction, M.Bruneau, A. Filiatrault, G. Lee, T. O'Rourke, A. Reinhorn, M. Shinozuka and K. Tierney; MCEER-05-SP09; 12/5/2006; 40 pages; $25
- Cimellaro, G.P, Reinhorn, A.M. and Bruneau, M. (2010). "Seismic Resilience of a Hospital System" Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Special Issue on: "Advances in Vulnerability Assessment of Structures and Infrastructures", 6(1-2), 127-144, First published (iFirst) on: 23 July 2009.
- Cimellaro, G.P, Reinhorn, A.M. and Bruneau, M. (2011). "Performance-Based Metamodel for Health Care Facilities”, Int. Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 40(8), 1197-1217.
- Cimellaro, G.P., Reinhorn, A.M., Bruneau, M., (2010). “Framework for Analytical Quantification of Disaster Resilience”, Engineering Structures Journal, Vol.32, No.11, pp.3639-3649.
- Cimellaro, G.P., Reinhorn, A.M, and De Stefano, A., (2011), “Introspection on Improper Seismic Retrofit of Basilica Santa Maria di Collemaggio after 2009 Italian Earthquake”, in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 10(1), 153-161.
- Cimellaro, G.P., Reinhorn, A.M, D’Amboise A. and DeStefano, M., (2011), “Fragility Analysis and Seismic Record Selection”,ASCE /Journal of Structural Engineering, 137(3), 379-390.