Disaster Management

Resilient Infrastructure Design And Disaster Management

We can’t predict disasters, but with help from our experts, we can minimize impacts throughout the disaster management cycle. Mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery are key to bringing communities through the challenges wrought by weather.

As a global leader in resilient infrastructure design, our team stands ready to provide disaster-related services in even the most challenging environments.

Prevention Through Preparedness And Mitigation

No one wants a disaster to happen – but being ready for one is critically important to saving lives and efficiently restoring facilities. We specialize in a variety of mitigation and preparedness services, including:

  • Storm Hardening
  • Asset Management
  • Proactive Inspections
  • FEMA Grant Management
  • Vulnerability Studies
  • Storm Modeling
  • Facility Condition Assessment
  • Disaster Planning
Designing bridges with resiliency in mind helps keep communities connected before, during, and after disasters. The Tacoma Narrows bridge (left) was designed with a 150-year lifespan in mind, with supports included for a future lower level to accommodate a second roadway or light rail transit system. The US 90 Bridge over Biloxi Bay (right) was designed to withstand hurricane-force winds, after Hurricane Katrina took the original bridge out of service.

Response And Recovery, Safely, And Quickly

When disaster hits, our team is prepared to put plan into action, assisting with stabilization, recovery, and reconstruction. Our unique capabilities as a design-builder, coupled with our ability to rapidly mobilize resources, has been key in our efforts to help return a sense of normalcy to devastated regions around the world – from the US Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina to tsunami-ravaged Indonesia.

Our response and recovery capabilities include:

  • Damage Assessment
  • Temporary Facilities Design
  • Program Management
  • Construction Management
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, our team designed and implemented risk assessment, resilience criteria, and hardening prioritization for 96 wastewater pump stations throughout New York City. With fact-based prioritization of storm hardening, we helped the city mitigate wastewater infrastructure vulnerabilities for the future.

Innovative Disaster Management Solutions

We’re incorporating new technologies to help produce better outcomes. Roadway weather information systems, structural health monitoring, weigh-in-motion systems and more can help increase the lifespan of our infrastructure through the challenges of disaster.

Utilizing digital twin technology helps our engineers analyze and design around complexities, modeling drainage, and impacts to utilities, making projects smoother from the start while providing a 3D double of the project that can be useful for future improvements or repairs.

Our Technology Solutions For Disaster Management Include:

Grid Armor® – A suite of predictive resilience solutions, Grid Armor® helps utilities improve operational efficiency and avoid catastrophic events. With solutions for wildfire prevention, major storms, and cybersecurity threats, Grid Armor® uses real-time data from disparate systems to provide predictive, simple, meaningful, and actionable information.
PeARL™ – Our Performance-enhanced Airborne Reconnaissance Low (PeARL™) camera system offers a suite of electro-optical sensors with flexible configurations. Delivering sharp, precise, high-resolution aerial imagery, PeARL™ has been deployed in the most challenging combat environments since 2003 and can help communities prepare for and recover from disaster.
iNET™ – The Intelligent NETworks® (iNET™) Smart Mobility Platform is industry-leading software that cities, states, and municipalities use to improve the livability of their communities. Our state-of-the-art operational solutions help improve the management, efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of transportation networks – a critical asset in event of disaster.
eCOMET® – Our eCOMET® solutions brings together a suite of technologies to turn asset life-cycle maintenance into a science. With world-class traceability, recordkeeping, maintenance, cost control, usability, and performance tracking, eCOMET® helps manage information to accelerate recovery.
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