Virtual Event - 2021 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium – July 20 – 21, 2021

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Virtual Event - 2021 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium
July 20-21, 2021

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pleased to announce its fourth annual Disaster Resilience Symposium to be held on July 20-21, 2021.

Keynote presentations include:

Keynote Speakers
David Bonowitz
Practicing Structural Engineer and Resilience Expert
“Functional Recovery: What it Means to Design for Community Resilience”
Monica Sanders
Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Delaware
“Making the Case for Resilience: Why Law and Policy Must Be Informed By Science”

The symposium will also feature presentations from 20 grant awardees funded by NIST on topics related to disaster and failure studies, earthquake engineering, wind engineering, and wildland-urban interface fires. The grantee project titles include:

  • Seismic Assessment, Retrofit Strategies and Policy Implications for Vulnerable Existing Steel Buildings
  • Integrating Aging Effects in Performance-Based Seismic Design and Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Resilience of Steel Moment Frame Systems with Deep Slender Column Sections
  • Coastal Inundation Events in Developed Regions
  • Decision-Oriented Column Simulation Capabilities for Enhancing Disaster Resilience of Reinforced Concrete Buildings
  • Liquefaction-Targeted Ground Motion Parameters
  • Improving Disaster Resilience by Quantifying WUI Community Ember Exposure 
  • Development of Methodology for Determination of Ignition Propensity by Firebrands in Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) System and LIDAR Experiments for the Characterization of Strong Wind Loads on Non-Structural Components and Near-Surface Wind Profiles
  • Innovative Measurement and Modeling of Dynamical Social and Health Effects of Windstorms
  • 4-D Measurement and Modeling of Engineering-Relevant Windstorm Characteristics
  • Measurement of Near-Surface Pressure, Wind and Wind-Induced Load Characteristics Using Novel Sensors in Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Tornado-Like Environments
  • Spatiotemporal Maps of Damaging Winds from Integrated Remote and In Situ Observations
  • Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Unreinforced Masonry Buildings
  • Designing for and Assessing Functional Recovery in Seismic Retrofit of Existing Concrete Buildings: A Framework
  • Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Methods for Existing Non-Ductile Reinforced Concrete Wall Structures
  • Leveraging Uncertain Disaster Field Data for Community-Scale Assessment of Connected Buildings and Lifelines
  • Assessing long-range firebrand impingement rates in recent WUI wildfire events
  • Development of a Fundamental Model for Ignition of Structural Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fuels Subjected to Firebrand Attack
  • Firebrand Material Ignition Conditions & Assessment Method Development

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Shane Crawford, Co-Chair                      Jonathan Weigand, Co-Chair
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