NIST Seeks Input on Standards Related to Disaster Resilience ~American National Standards Institute

Posted on June 27, 2014 By

Breach at 17th Street Canal flood wall failed at half load because the Corps of Engineers ignored engineering standards and drove the sheet piling to shallow. http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/projects/neworleans/report/CH_12.pdf#page=7

Breach at 17th Street Canal flood wall failed at half load because the Corps of Engineers ignored engineering standards and drove the sheet piling to shallow.

When our flood walls in New Orleans failed 8-29-05, due to engineering misfeasance by the US Army Corps of Engineers before Hurricane Katrina, the ideas in this post became poignant reminders of how easy it is for the tax-paying public to remain unaware of the dangers that surround them. The Corps violated even their own engineering standards when constructing our “hurricane protection system in name only,” killing hundreds ~Bruce Biles

Realizing the full promise of a resilient America demands a strategic approach and science-informed cooperation between public and private sectors. To advance community resilience in the U.S., the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has established a disaster resilience program and has developed a DRAFT Disaster Resilience Framework. The Framework is intended to develop a community-scale road map approach to disaster resilience by assessing existing standards, codes, and practices; identifying gaps that must be addressed; and establishing overall performance goals and measurements for buildings and infrastructure lifelines in order to bolster community resilience. Read more.

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