Three global engineering institutions – the Institution of Civil Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering – are coming together ( 9th-10th December 2015), leveraging the combined expertise of 300,000 members to deliver a summit on resilience and growth for the worldâs future cities.
The new reality of extreme weather events, population surges and resource scarcity is highly complex and uncertain. Unanimous research suggests that the earlier cities begin to future proof the better the end results will be.
Physical structures and the political, economic and societal mechanisms that support them must be up to task. Otherwise we risk exponential poverty, social inequality and economic decline, and vulnerability to terrorism and conflict.
The Civil Engineering Triennial Summit 2015: Resilience and Growth for Future Cities will connect decision makers and the investment community from around the world with engineers, technology experts and built environment professionals at the forefront of civic resilience to:
- Highlight best practice case studies of resilience from a range of future city projects around the world: which measures are adaptable to your city, community or asset?
- Share the latest climate change and demographic models resulting in better informed, sustainable future risk management decisions
- Enable prioritization of global investment and intervention via a Triennial Triage workshop. Pinpoint the regions and cities at the highest risk/recovery profile. Which cities can we best help with the finite resources available?
- Address issues of financially resilient infrastructure âoutlining an holistic-benefits approach to international funding and demonstrating return on investment
- Identify any gaps in skills or diversity amongst the engineering workforce that would limit our ability to future proof cities. What steps can we take to close them?
- Troubleshoot barriers to development of resilience projects, collaborative working, new technology roll out and scaling up smart city test beds
- Disseminate findings from leading academic projects at the forefront of future city and resilience research
- Outline the way forward: how do we ‘ build inâ resilience to infrastructure, societal consciousness and political decision making?