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ASCE Announces Availability of Two New Publications
May 10, 2019

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), America’s oldest national engineering society representing more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide, has announced the publication and availability of two new books: Adventures in Managing Water: Real-World Engineering Experiences and Resilience-Based Performance: Next Generation Guidelines for Buildings and Lifeline Standards, IRP 3.

ASCE’s new book, Adventures in Managing Water: Real-World Engineering Experiences, is a collection of essays that present the challenges of providing adequate, reliable, affordable, and clean water supplies to communities around the world. These stories, shared by engineers and other water management professionals, express the trials, successes, lessons learned, and moments of enlightenment each professional faced while building institutions and creating water management policies in the United States and abroad.

Compiled from field experiences, these adventures cover the globe, and range from coping with droughts, floods, and pollution issues in Australia, China, Uzbekistan, and other countries, to the challenges involved in establishing policies for Lake Baikal in Russia and the Great Lakes in North America (which demonstrate the similarities across international boundaries). Managing river flows and their allocations in the United States and abroad requires more than the physical laws of hydrology and hydraulics.

The authors wish to inspire and educate both students and professionals, about water management, the contribution engineers make, and the global adventure involved in satisfying the demand for clean water.

ASCE’s other new book, Resilience-Based Performance: Next Generation Guidelines for Buildings and Lifeline Standards, IRP 3, focuses on the enhancements that are needed in the design and construction of buildings and lifeline systems to support a community’s social stability, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. Lifelines are networks that are vital to the communities they serve, and include communications, electric power, water, transportation. This book is divided into four thematic areas, that include:

• Characterization of communities and their supporting infrastructure,
• Hazard assessment,
• Metrics and assessment methods for community resilience, and
• Metrics and assessment methods for building and lifeline performance.

Current code-based standards focus on the performance of individual facilities and are out of sync with the resilience needs of the broader community. This Infrastructure Resilience Publication provides the basis of a new approach that integrates community-level resilience goals with functional recover-based design standards. The convergent nature of this challenge makes this book appealing to engineers, social scientists, economists, planners, and government officials.

To purchase copies of either or both new books online, visit the ASCE Bookstore

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