Full Session with Abstracts
During my time as a graduate student at California Polytechnic State University, I realized that structural engineers can play a bigger role in the sustainable design of a building. Although this feat has traditionally been tackled by architects, there is always opportunity for growth and improvement in the industry. Having yet to start my career as a design professional at a structural engineering firm, my studies suddenly became focused on structural sustainable solutions. While researching the various avenues for engineers to take on their path towards sustainable design, it was apparent that the building industry isn’t strictly interested in saving resources anymore. With natural disasters becoming more prevalent, the focus of the design community has shifted in a direction towards preservation of not only buildings, but entire communities and environments. After starting my career at Ashley & Vance Engineering, I continued to work on developing the parallels between sustainability and resiliency. As my colleague and I dove deeper into the subject, we realized that there are existing sustainable design tools that can potentially lead to a more resilient structure. Since then, our goal has been to create a tool for designers to use as a guide in implementing sustainable material selection for more resilient structural systems. As a young design professional, I have realized that one of the most difficult aspects of this career choice is that there seems to be an innumerable amount of research and data available. Unfortunately, too few people have the time, patience, or sanity to sift through every bit of information. Engineers rely on accomplishing tasks efficiently. For this reason, we have created a presentation and accompanying paper to simplify and condense current sustainable tools for designers to use in a practical approach to resilient design. Following this session, attendees will be able to compare and contrast sustainable alternatives based on their advantages and disadvantages related to resiliency. Over the past few years, we have come to understand the value we can provide to our fellow engineers. By combining an individual just beginning their career in structural engineering and someone who has a lifetime of experience in both the academic and professional worlds, the entire spectrum of design professionals can be represented. While there is always more to learn and ways to improve, this can act as the first step towards a more sustainable and resilient future in the building industry.