Full Session without Abstracts
There is strong evidence that climate change will have significant impact on the long-term performance of structures and infrastructure facilities. However, recently-implemented risk-informed performance-based design methods were founded on historic hazard data and the effects of climate change are not considered in current structural design standards.
The objective of this Panel Discussion Session is to overview current knowledge on the subject and present the vision of the panelists on how to consider the effect of climate change on the life-cycle performance of structures and infrastructure systems. The overall goals of this session and related activities supported by a special SEI/ASCE project are to: 1) promote a better understanding of the problem; 2) identify approaches to account for the effects of climate change during the design of new structures and the safety assessment of existing structures; and 3) propose approaches for incorporating the effects of climate change in design standards.
A group of five distinguished researchers and structural engineers with expertise in the field of life-cycle engineering and performance-based design will share experiences and visions on possible approaches for designing and assessing the safety of structural systems under the effect of climate change. After a five-minute introduction by the moderators, each panelist will give a five-minute presentation to set the course of the discussion leaving time for one hour of questions and answers and comments by the attendees.
Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems, Task Group 2 on Reliability-Based Structural System Performance Indicators
SEI/ASCE SPECIAL PROJECT
This proposed panel session is a part of a special project supported by SEI/ASCE ExCom to study the "Effect of Climate Change on the Life-Cycle Performance Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structures and Infrastructure Systems". The research and applications in the field of life-cycle reliability-based system performance indicators, including time-variant structural reliability, robustness, redundancy, resilience and sustainability, is promoted within SEI/ASCE by the Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems, Task Group 2 on Reliability-Based Structural System Performance Indicators. The ongoing activities of TG2 include a Special Project approved by the SEI Technical Activities Division Executive Committee for developing a state of the art report outlining the current status and research needs to incorporate the effect of climate change on life-cycle performance, safety, reliability and risk of structures and infrastructure systems in design codes and practice. The outcome of the project will be a special publication providing a review of the main methodologies and tools and a set of recommendations on how to implement these into design codes and standards to support and advance the civil engineering profession.