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Lessons Learned from Sandy for Transportation System Resilience

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The COPRI North Jersey Branch Chapter is hosting a dinner seminar April 9, 2015 on "Lessons Learned from Sandy for Transportation System" Resilience", presented by Dr. Thomas H. Wakeman III, Deputy Director of the Davidson Laboratory at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Seminar Information

Register online and RSVP by April 1. Limited seats are available and will be reserved on a first come first served basis. The seminar will provide 1 PDH. Registration and the networking reception begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation.

  • Date: April 9, 2015
  • Location: Crowne Plaza, 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ
  • Cost: $65 for ASCE members | $70 for guests | $60 Government Employees | $40 for students
  • Make checks payable to ASCE North Jersey Branch

About the Presentation

Today's streamlined global supply-chain has close links to seaports, transport modes, and service providers that has minimized inefficiencies but has simultaneously increased the logistic system's vulnerability to disruptions from natural and manmade events. Transportation, power and communication service interruptions of supply chains may threaten individual and community health and safety as well as impact continuity of business operations.

These impacts can cause adverse social and economic effects throughout the disrupted area and often throughout nation. Incidents may be localized, such as road or waterway closure, or may be regional, such as the shutdown of several ports and landside modes from a significant weather event, like the 2012 Superstorm Sandy.  

In fact, climate change and specifically the more frequently occurring extreme weather events are the new driver forcing engineers and public officials to identify of effective mechanisms for enhancing transportation, power, and communication system resilience.  This presentation examines the transportation system disruptions that occurred during Sandy, particularly focusing on supply chain disruptions, and suggests future approaches to increase community and business resilience in the transportation sector

About the Presenter

Thomas H. Wakeman III is Research Professor and Deputy Director of the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Dr. Wakeman has extensive experience in coastal engineering, navigation and port infrastructure development, transportation planning, and recently resilience engineering.

Previously, he was employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 13 years and the United States Army Corps of Engineers for 24 years. He has a doctorate of Engineering-Science from Columbia University, New York.  His publications include co-editor of 2 books, book chapters, and more than 100 technical papers.