- Meeting or Conference
- Engineering Institute of Canada, the (EIC)
- 27-29 May 2013
- Canada (Montreal)
- Concordia University
This conference is dedicated to the study and exposition of the status and prospects of engineering in support of a bright future for humanity in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain environment, both physical and sociological due to climate change.
Engineering for adaptation:
Programs and measures to reduce GHG emissions will simply slow the rate of climate change (Mitigation). It is thus evident that equal attention needs to be given to increase our capacity to Adapt to climate change.
This topic covers projects, programs and recommendations for engineering design, planning, processes and tools which will increase and improve our capability to cope with Climate Change.
Risk assessment and risk management have a variety of meanings over a range of disciplines and problems. In most cases, risk is defined as the product of the probability of an event taking place and the consequences of such an event. Risks associated with climate change have always been present, but have only risen to the fore in recent decades, with more focus on global sustainability aspects of the engineering profession. This track will focus on climate-related risks that will require a change in our thinking about risk management, as it relates to the infrastructure development in general. Selected topics may include:
- Hazard assessment and risk management in developing natural resources (water resources, mining, forestry)
- Impact of climate change on standards and design criteria for critical infrastructure projects;
- Climate change and design life for man-made structures
- Long term vulnerability of current infrastructure (dams, highways, flood protection structures, power grids, bridges, etc)
- Risk-based decision analysis and ALARP principles – how do they change (or do they)?
Modeling, analysis and design:
Engineering for global sustainability requires the use of models to develop and test designs, ensuring that systems and structures are optimized for safety, functionality, and reliability. Climate change is imposing structural and performance requirements on engineered systems outside the realm of previous experience, due to changing operating and environmental conditions and the possibility of more frequent extreme events.
In response to these new and evolving conditions, models are of increasing utility in the design of safe and reliable systems. Although physical models and prototypes continue to be indispensable in many areas of application, computational modeling and simulation are now essential tools in most design projects.
Extreme events or disaster management:
One of the consequences of increasing global temperatures and climate change is an increasing frequency and severityof extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, etc.
Proposals and recommendations to increase and improve our capability to predict the location, timing and severity of such events, to provide advance warnings and to enhance our capability to respond to and cope with the disastrous consequences of such events will have real value to the communities at risk. This includes but is not limited to:
- Practices in providing advanced warning.
- Planning for handling disasters.
- Recent experience in handling disasters.
- Impact of the environment on existing infrastructure.
Event feeMember: conference $720, one day $287; Non-member: conference $834, one day $295; Retirees: conference $402, one day $172; Students: conference $285, one day $145
How to register
Please register online.
Discounted registration fees apply before April 8, 2013.
- Climate Change, Early Warning, Environment & Ecosystems, Risk Identification & Assessment, Water, Critical Infrastructure
- Flood, Tornado