The Challenge of Measuring Resiliency

Portions excerpted from the JULY – AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER Magazine from ARTBA, The American Road & Transportation Builders Association

ARTBA article written BY PETER GLUS

The transportation sector has helped advance the definition of resiliency. While traditional sectors may focus on protection from weather events, transportation professionals focus on mission and function—protecting the journey and the means that get people where they need to go.

Recognizing the current evolution and trend within the transportation industry to see ourselves through the lens of resiliency, ARTBA recently defined resiliency as “the merger of knowledge and innovation to construct and maintain transportation infrastructure that adapts to and withstands the test of time, emergencies, and the environment.”

Definition:
The term “resiliency” can be defined in many ways in the transportation infrastructure space. In this context, “resiliency” is defined as the merging of knowledge and innovation to engineer, construct and maintain transportation infrastructure that adapts to and withstands the test of time, emergencies, and the environment. Technology can contribute to resiliency by helping a project better anticipate, prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and respond to disruptions for the expected life of the project.1

The public and private sectors continue to evolve through the use of innovation, technology, and processes to create a more resilient infrastructure. ARTBA supports the role of innovation and technology, as well as increased investment, in creating more resilient infrastructure and acknowledges that this will vary based on geography and is not ‘one-size-fits-all.’ New thinking in terms of quantifying the impact and benefits of resilient solutions as well as how innovative technologies are developed and deployed will guide these improvements.

These efforts have resulted in well-refined benefit-cost-analysis methodologies that are the cornerstone of federal and state grants and other financing. It is, however, challenging to define these broad functional categories with generally limited data, and the analyses are difficult to apply equally to rural communities, small cities, and large metropolitan areas.

In our (ARTBA’s) opinion, two steps can successfully enable the transportation sector to create a more accessible, standardized approach that accurately measures resiliency reflecting real-world conditions.

The first step is working with state department of transportation agency personnel by leveraging staff’s inherent understanding of unique cases, complexities and geographical conditions in state-specific locations.

Agency field staff’s intuition and vast first-hand experience can be far more valuable than the most powerful supercomputer simulation. Design thinking and other techniques can be helpful in tapping into this vast database of understanding.

The second step is to then share and find commonalities from state to state, so that we can take this outpouring of “people data” and compare it, refine it, and use it to help prioritize focus and investment. By rethinking how we use agency personnel’s first-hand knowledge, we have at our fingertips the beginning of a contextualized framework for defining resiliency within states.

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https://www.artba.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/TB-July-August-2022-web.pdf

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Peter Glus is senior vice president and North America mobility sales director for Arcadis.

You can reach Peter at: Peter.Glus@arcadis.com

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IIJA Helping with Designing & Building Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

Dave Bauer

Excerpt from the JULY – AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER Magazine from ARTBA, The American Road & Transportation Builders Association

THE ARENA

On the Road Again

DAVE BAUER | President & CEO, ARTBA

More than 90 percent of American households have a car and three-quarters of Americans use them for daily commutes. Thanks to the IIJA, the country’s dominant mode of travel will become even more efficient, as projects get underway and are completed. While better transportation systems are the end goal, the creation of well-paying jobs and associated economic growth along the way will be an added benefit.

[T]he investments from the IIJA will not be limited to highways and will also bring much-needed improvements to airports and public transportation. The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has already announced $1 billion in Airport Terminal Grants so that those dealing with delayed and canceled flights will at least have modernized facilities in which to wait. The new law also more than doubles annual Airport Improvement Program investment which will lead to a dramatic boost in runway and other airside infrastructure projects.

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), aka Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion for transportation and infrastructure spending with $550 billion of that figure going toward “new” investments and programs. Funding from the IIJA is expansive in its reach, addressing energy and power infrastructure, access to broadband internet, water infrastructure, and more. Some of the new programs funded by the bill could provide the resources needed to address a variety of infrastructure needs at the local level.

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Celebrate #WorldKindnessWeek with AMI

Acts of kindness and goodwill are common threads that bind us all. To celebrate #WorldKindnessWeek we want to share our recent acts of service in supporting our communities and neighbors across the nation. Let’s celebrate all the ways we can demonstrate our friendliness, helpfulness, and consideration to others!

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Improving the Sustainability of Asphalt Pavements

Excerpt from Fall 2002 Asphalt Pavement Magazine

An increasing number of agencies, companies, organizations, institutes, and governing bodies are embracing principles of sustainability in managing their activities and conducting business. Historically, sustainability referred to environmental sustainability and simply meant using natural resources in a way that people in the future could continue to rely on their yields in the long term.

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Building Resilient Transportation Infrastructure Requires Investment, Innovation & Collaboration

Excerpt from the JULY – AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER Magazine from ARTBA, The American Road & Transportation Builders Association

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER – by WARD NYE | Chairman & CEO, Martin Marietta

Building Resilient Transportation Infrastructure Requires Investment, Innovation & Collaboration

“At the federal level, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has established both a formula and a discretionary program aimed at rewarding states that enhance the resiliency of transportation infrastructure and make plans for future investment.

At the federal level, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has established both a formula and discretionary program aimed at rewarding states that enhance the resiliency of transportation infrastructure and make plans for future investment.

As chronicled in the pages of this issue, stories of our industry’s endeavors to incorporate resiliency into transportation improvements abound. For example, building information modeling (BIM) helped replace the aging East 138th Street Bridge (known by many as the Madison Avenue Bridge) in New York City, making the city’s transportation grid more resilient. Learning from past weather events, highway engineers in Florida have constructed a 2.4-mile stretch of highway on the state’s east coast designed to be more resilient in the wake of future storms.

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To read the full article in the AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER
follow the link below.

https://www.artba.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/TB-July-August-2022-web.pdf

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