From the Director – November/December 2016

Posted: December 12, 2016 at 11:41 am

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Welcome to the final 2016 edition of The CIP Report, in which we turn our focus to the subject of Resilience as it applies to all aspects of Critical Infrastructure systems.  As our readers know, the ability of systems to withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions is result of synergy between public- and private-sector efforts.  As such, our contributors for this month come from a mix of backgrounds.

Our first offering, brought by Marc Fialkoff and Olufemi  Omitaomu, showcases the use of the Transportation Routing Analysis Geographic Information System (WebTRAGIS) developed by  Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Our authors demonstrate the effects that the restrictions on non-U.S. vessels put in place by the Jones Act have on disaster response in the transportation sector.  Next, Paul Theron presents the perspective of a case study involving a project to design and assemble a New Generation Boat.  Theron provides a walkthrough of the factors that lead to dysfunction in self-organization of a work unit and provides guidance on enhancing the resilience of personnel in the unit.

John Hummel and Jennifer Schneider take the perspective of community resilience, in which they present work from Argonne National Laboratory.  Their article integrates global findings in the area of governance and measures them against community resilience based on the Hyogo Framework Action plan.  Using the UN Human Development Index, the authors help contextualize the governance role in creating resilience.  Finally, Sam Merrill and Judy Gates use a set of pilot projects to illustrate how long-term life cycle and extreme-event planning can impact the benefit-cost analysis that drives investment in transportation infrastructure.

We deeply appreciate the insights provided with each issue of The CIP Report and the dialogue that follows.  We seek the widest reach possible, and invite a broad diversity of contributors.  As a look ahead, we are planning on focused inquiries during our 2017 editions of The CIP Report covering topics such as:

  • Business Continuity & Insurance
  • Legislation & Legal Issues
  • Transportation Sector
  • International Aspects of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
  • Cybersecurity
  • Resilience
  • Education and Professional Development in the Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Should you wish to contribute in the areas above, please contact us!  As always, we make this cutting-edge content through the free distribution of this publication to our community of over 5,000 subscribers.  This distribution continues to grow each month because of your commitment to professional discourse and outreach to a community that far exceeds our base readership.  We invite you to support this wide-reaching publication and invite you to make a financial contribution to The CIP Report, either on a one-time or a recurring basis.  Your tax-deductible contribution will receive an acknowledgement in this publication that includes your company logo and link to your corporate website.  If you wish to support The CIP Report, please contact me at mtroutma@gmu.edu.  We wish you great success in your efforts and look forward to your comments!

Warm Regards,
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Mark Troutman. PhD
Director, CIP/HS


The Jones Act and its Effect on Freight Transportation in the Aftermath of Disruptive Events: A GIS Perspective

Posted: November 16, 2016

Using the Transportation Routing Analysis Geographic Information System (WebTRAGIS) developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Fialkoff and Omitaomu demonstrate the effects that the restrictions on non-U.S. vessels put in place by the Jones Act have on disaster response in coastal areas.

Self-Organization in Work Unit Resilience: Five Lessons from a Shipyard under Pressure

Posted: November 22, 2016

From the perspective of a case study involving a project to design and assemble a New Generation Boat, Theron provides a walkthrough of a study of the factors that lead to dysfunction in self-organization of a work unit. Through this examination, the author provides guidance on enhancing the resilience of personnel in a work unit.

The Human Landscape – The Functional Bridge between the Physical, Economic, and Social Elements of Community Resilience

Posted: November 29, 2016

In this examination of the role of the human landscape on community resilience, Hummel and Schneider look at work from Argonne National Laboratory that integrates global findings on governance and measures them against community resilience based on the Hyogo Framework Action plan. Using the UN Human Development Index, the authors help contextualize the governance role in resilience.

Lifecycle Design and Cumulative Benefit-Cost Analysis for Transportation Resiliency

Posted: December 7, 2016

Using a set of pilot projects as illustrations, Merrill and Gates demonstrate how long-term life cycle and extreme event planning can impact the benefit-cost analysis that drives investment in transportation infrastructure.

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