Design through Decay and Beyond: Infrastructure Life Cycle Responsibilities

Mon. 4:00-5:30 p.m., Interlocken A

Major infrastructure—whether designed explicitly to mitigate hazards, designed with hazard risks in mind, or simply built in harm's way—often changes individuals' and communities' risk perception and behavior. A single structure may be conceived by one group, and designed, built, maintained, paid for, and owned by many others over the course of its life. When these structures fail, or fail to provide expected protection, the disaster response leads—a day late and a dollar short—to questions of legal and financial responsibility. This session will explore strategies for and barriers to agencies, communities, and other entities assuming responsibility for their infrastructure and its associated risks throughout both its full engineered life cycle and the disaster cycle.

Edward Hecker Edward Hecker, Moderator
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Ed Thomas Edward Thomas, Panelist
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.


Steven StocktonSteven Stockton, Panelist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dennis MiletiDennis Mileti, Panelist
University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center


William DeGroot William DeGroot, Panelist
Urban Drainage and Flood Control District