Resilience is the ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. Resilient infrastructure is essential to the basic functions of local and regional economies. When a severe storm closes a major bridge, for example, businesses lose access to employees and customers. 

 EDR Group’s approach to resilience is unique. Our projects study the economic importance of resilience in the face of hurricanes, landslides, sea level rise, and other threats. Our analytical framework incorporates the many factors that contribute to resilience, however difficult they may be to measure. We expand resilient transportation plans to address disasters’ potential ripple effects on interdependent systems and we specialize in wider social and economic effects that other firms consider too uncertain to estimate.  In doing so, we create insights that inform decision-making for a more resilient future.  Below is a selection of our ongoing work on in this critical topic.

Application Areas: icon color transTransportation, icon color energyEnergy & Environment, icon color urbanUrban Development

Examples:

Economic Impact of US-101 Closure: For Caltrans, EDR Group evaluated the consequences of future landslides and roadway failures along Highway 101 in Del Norte County. These included not only added travel costs, but also a $400 million loss in annual output and as many as 4,000 jobs in tourism and other travel-dependent industries

Oregon Congestion and Resilience Study: EDR Group analyzed possible disruptions to the state’s transportation system caused by congestion, natural disasters, and underinvestment at freight bottlenecks. The study also assessed the significant impacts of a major seismic event on small and medium-sized businesses in Western Oregon. In doing so, our analysis emphasized the wider economic benefits of a resilient freight network. 

Economic Impact of Failure to Upgrade Transportation Infrastructure: For the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), EDR Group assessed the long-term adequacy of American transportation infrastructure and the wider economic costs of failure to reinvest in it adequately, in terms of effects on economic competitiveness and job/income growth. 

Resilience Measures for Road Infrastructure: For the German Federal Highway Research Institute, our affiliate EBP studied cost effective strategies for increasing the resilience of bridges, tunnels, and other infrastructure given budget constraints. 

Panama Canal Expansion Study: For MARAD, EDR Group analyzed the effects of Panama Canal expansion on U.S. ports and inland trade flows, and recommended policies that MARAD should consider when evaluating investments in port infrastructure in light of rising sea levels.

 

 

 

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