New ASCE Manuals of Practice Provide a Quantitative Approach for Assessing Resilience

Reston, Va. – Resilience is defined as the ability to adapt to and recover from disruptive events. For civil engineers, this applies to the design and construction of buildings and lifeline systems to support a community’s social stability, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. ASCE’s newest suite of publications in our series, Manual and Reports on Engineering Practices, Objective Resilience, provides civil infrastructure stakeholders with a comprehensive, recommended set of practices and discusses the basis for those resilience practices. The four related manuals include:

  • Objective Resilience: Policies and Strategies, MOP 146examines policies and strategies related to community and asset resilience. This manual of practice will be of interest to policymakers, owners and managers of civil infrastructures, and legislators (local, state, and federal).
  • Objective Resilience: Objective Processes, MOP 147illustrates some of the objective processes that are used to manage community and asset resilience. This manual will be of particular interest to researchers, educators, engineering consultants, and practitioners.
  • Objective Resilience: Technology, MOP 148examines the use of different technologies to enhance community and asset resilience. Individuals and organizations in the construction, and sensor and monitoring communities, health care facilities, and disaster preparedness and response fields will find this manual of practice a useful guide.
  • Objective Resilience: Applications, MOP 149, provides different applications that aim to enhance community and asset resilience from the community viewpoint. The manual of practice will be of interest to groups focusing on pandemic mitigation and response, blast protection, public and private transit organizations, and natural hazards.

Limited review copies are available for book reviews. Please contact Leslie Connelly,