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Policy Statement 493 - Infrastructure Resilience Research


Approved by the Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee on March 16, 2017
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on June 5, 2017
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 29, 2017


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports additional basic and applied research efforts and the development of national standards in support of design and construction initiatives that increase the reliability, safety, security, and survivability of the nation's vast infrastructure (e.g., water, energy, utilities, buildings and transportation) against natural and man-made disasters.


Natural and man-made disasters have repeatedly demonstrated the vulnerability of infrastructure. The United States government needs to address infrastructure vulnerability in order to make infrastructure critical to the U.S. economy safer, secure, and more resilient. Risks to the nation's infrastructure demand a responsive work force to increase safety, security, and robustness of critical systems for the nation. The federal funding of research and standards is insufficient to provide the resources necessary for mitigating natural and man-made hazards. Such funding is critical to the health and safety of the nation, its citizens, and to the resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure. 


The civil engineering profession is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining the nation's infrastructure. Thus, ASCE is obligated to assist with the development and implementation of new strategies and technologies for mitigating the impact of future disasters on the nation's infrastructure.  

ASCE Policy Statement 493
First Approved in 2002