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Philadelphia Resiliency Symposium

November 13th, 2018 

Double Tree Hotel, Philadelphia PA

The Northeast US is experiencing warming temperatures and a large increase in the amount of rainfall measured during heavy precipitation events.  A recent climatecentral.org evaluation of long-term precipitation data places Philadelphia 3rd on the list of U.S. cities with the largest increase in heavy downpours (360% increase in the last decade). 

The Philadelphia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers is hosting a symposium which hopes to bring together practitioners from the Greater Philadelphia Area and beyond who can speak to infrastructure resiliency in the face of extreme storms and other natural disasters.  

Suggested Topic Categories

In general, we will rely on the community of practitioners to be the barometer indicating what topics resonate most keenly within the field of resilience/sustainable infrastructure, but what follows is a list of suggested topics.  Please do not feel bound by this list

  • Electrical Grid Resiliency 
  • Transportation Resiliency
  • Water Infrastructure Resiliency
  • Health Care Infrastructure Resiliency
  • Historical Building Resiliency
  • Public/Private Partnerships for Resiliency 

Key Dates

  • July 16, 2018 –  Request for Abstracts Sent
  • August 1, 2018 - Registration Opens (details to follow)
  • September 17, 2018 – Abstract Submission Deadline 
  • October 9, 2018 – Selection of Presentations and Speakers
  • November 13, 2018 - Philadelphia Resiliency Symposium

Abstract Preparation

We invite all interested parties to submit abstracts for consideration.  Abstracts should be 500 words or less and should be structured with the following order: 

  • Title
  • Authors and Affiliations
  • Abstract text

There is no standard abstract template for this symposium.  Submit you abstract in Microsoft® Word or PDF format to V. Lyle Trumbull: lyle.trumbull@OBG.com

Please note that presentations may cite multiple authors and organizational representatives.  However, only one speaker will be permitted per presentation.