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UPRM webinar: Resilient Design of Coastal Structures

October 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The UPRM-DHS Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) team invites you to the webinar “Resilient Design of Coastal Structures.” This will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, from 6-7:30 p.m. AST/EDT (UTC-4) by Dr. Alí Saffar, Professor in Structures, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus.

Conference Language: English
C.E. Contact Hours: 1.5 UPRM-CRC 

Please register at this link to receive the connection link.

A certificate of participation will be issued to all attendees and you can accumulate contact hours of the UPRM-DHS Coastal Resilience Center Achievement Program.

Abstract: The worsening weather-related disaster outlook for coastal communities has been a cause of considerable concerns over the last few decades. The changing coastlines and the increased frequencies of hurricanes and surge related flooding have posed new challenges for FEMA and Civil Defense. In many cases, the limited resources from local governments have been exhausted in dealing with such extreme events. The conventional mitigation efforts have been slow and the emergency response and rebuild in many instances have had numerous affected communities competing against one another. The emergency declarations have become so frequent in coastal regions that policymakers are openly debating abandoning or permanently relocating certain communities.  The mitigation solutions to this problem must then become an individual as well as community-driven solutions. The life safety considerations driving most construction practices will not ensure the continued existence of these communities. The expected revisions from building codes which by their nature, are slow to incorporate the rapidly changing extraordinary coastal demands are unrealistic. This webinar will emphasize the need for a more fluid performance-based design that is already recognized by building codes and can easily adapt to changing times. Over the last several years, the researchers at UPRM have been working on a framework for the first course on coastal resilient infrastructures.  The basic format of that course and what to expect from its first offering in the coming months is the topic for this seminar. The seminar is offered by Dr. Ali Saffar, a professor and researcher in the area of structural engineering. He has done extensive work on disaster mitigations and the reliability-based insurance solutions to structural problems.


October 1, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez