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ASCE 2005 Infrastructure Report Card: Security Implications. Eva Lerner-Lam President, Palisades Consulting Group, Inc. Member, Advisory Council to the 2005 Report Card. Solid “D” for the Nation’s Infrastructure. Disappointing results Down from D+ in 2001 www.asce.org.

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Asce 2005 infrastructure report card security implications

ASCE 2005 Infrastructure Report Card: Security Implications

Eva Lerner-Lam

President, Palisades Consulting Group, Inc.

Member, Advisory Council to the 2005 Report Card


Solid d for the nation s infrastructure

Solid “D” for the Nation’s Infrastructure

  • Disappointing results

  • Down from D+ in 2001

  • www.asce.org


Implications for planners architects and engineers

Implications for Planners, Architects and Engineers

  • Consider poor and failing infrastructure systems as you plan, design and engineer your projects

  • Examples:

    • Power grid

    • Drinking water

    • Roads, bridges and tunnels


Security incomplete grade

Security: “Incomplete” Grade

  • Lack of data

  • Implications:

    • Points to a much bigger problem

      • Technical Tour participants experienced it yesterday

      • “Any security system that is based on secrecy is no security system.”

    • Other examples

      • Professional workshop and web seminar cancellations due to gag orders by clients and government agencies

      • Non-participation in collaborative activities due to prohibitions by employers


Knowledge implosion

“Knowledge Implosion”

  • Architects, engineers and other professionals are suffering from a virtual shutdown of information and knowledge sharing

    • Plenty of regulations

    • But a complete absence of clear guidelines for what can and can’t be shared

  • “Wizard of Oz” effect (what’s really behind that curtain…?)


Major contribution by aei

Major Contribution by AEI

  • Outstanding symposium program

  • Open atmosphere of information and knowledge sharing

  • Experienced, knowledgeable professionals

    • Despite the lack of formal, published guidelines, they have the necessary professional intuition and sense of what can and can’t be said


Report card next steps

Report Card: Next Steps

  • Federal, state and local actions

  • Hopefully, will raise awareness of the overall condition of our infrastructure and our collective mindset about maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement

    • Policy makers

    • Owners

    • Professionals


What you can do

What You Can Do…

  • Consider poor and failing infrastructure systems as you design and engineer your projects

  • Use your good, professional judgment on sharing of information and knowledge — trust your instincts

  • Let your elected officials know you’re concerned about the condition of the nation’s infrastructure


Thank you

Thank you!


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