A presentation conducted by Dr Theresa Brown Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America. Presented on Tuesday the 1st of October 2013
Civil infrastructure and its impact on societies can tell us different stories Infrastructures are complex, adaptive, systems of systems. We have engineered their elements, but their topology emerges and changes over time as population grows and moves and as we learn how they fail
and can be protected from failure. As we expand our modelling capability to better anticipate and improve our understanding of these systems we tend to focus on
optimization of their performance to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Over the past decade, we’ve expanded
the use of models to evaluate risks to infrastructures.
Modelling is expanding to support the goal of resilient design for future infrastructures under the stresses of a
changing global climate, population growth, evolving demand and geologic conditions. This discussion explores the innovations in modelling and analysis needed to support engineering designs that improve system resilience to a wide range of future stresses and natural disasters.