Infrastructure Resilience Research Group

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Infrastructure experts from Japan and the United States have come together to collaboratively develop an Infrastructure Resilience Framework (IRF) and methods to ensure community resilience.



Joint Japan-US Symposium on Assessment, Management, and Governance for Infrastructure Resilience

This online symposium shares state-of-the-art activities and challenges in academia and practice related to the infrastructure resilience illuminated by the IRF from Japan and US, and discusses emerging initiatives and research areas that we may focus on in the future.

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Large-scale natural disasters have been threatening the built infrastructure and impacting economic and social systems around the world. Japan and the United States are no exception. Enhancing critical infrastructure resilience is an urgent issue for both countries. Hard measures (e.g., improving the built components of a system) and soft measures (e.g., community awareness, disaster preparedness, and disaster drills) will reduce disaster risks and impact and contribute to improve community resilience. We are aware of insufficient coordination among those measures, and that awareness motivates us to coordinate them in a clear and systematic manner. Proper coordination among the hard and soft measures has greater effectiveness on resilience improvement, and helps communities to prepare for and recover from disaster events.

Infrastructure experts in various areas such as community and urban design, disaster economic engineering, emergency management, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, and structural engineering from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are collaborating to establish an Infrastructure Resilience Framework (IRF) concept and develop a Manual of Practice (MoP) and evaluation tools. JSCE and ASCE are taking an international leadership role in building and implementing a framework for creating resilient infrastructure systems in support of developing community resilience.