Events & Activities
The primary focus of the RESIN research project is the development and validation of risk-based management approaches and processes to help improve the resilience and sustainability of Interconnected Critical Infrastructure systems (ICISs). Within this context, a major objective of RESIN is the development of a Technology Delivery System which enables the transfer of such methods and processes to those who own, operate, maintain, and regulate them in the interest of society.
One major component to the Technology Delivery System is communication (including education). To this end, RESIN has developed a number of graduate multidisciplinary studio courses, as well as an undergraduate engineering capstone project course. Courses are focused on risk-based management approaches and processes that help improve the resilience and sustainability of Interconnected Critical Infrastructure systems (ICISs).
The first multidiscipline graduate ICISs studio course organized by RESIN was conducted during the Spring 2009 semester. This Studio Course was a GIS based environmental planning course that brought together students from across the UC Berkeley campus. Students in this graduate course formed teams and addressed a wide variety of projects focused on the Sacramento Delta ICISs.
The second multidisciplinary studio course is being held during the Spring 2010 semester. This studio course has a legal focus. It brings together students from the Law School and from graduate programs in Engineering, Urban Planning, Environmental Science Policy Management, Business, Geography, and the Energy and Resources Group. One of the paramount issues examined in the class is whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated NEPA in failing to conduct an environmental review before establishing pumping restrictions for the protection of delta smelt. Class projects draw upon student specialties to collectively prepare an amicus brief to be filed in San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority, et al. v. Salazar (Case No. 1:09-CX-00407), pending before The Honorable Oliver Wanger of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The course will feature a guest speaker once a week who will present his or her perspectives on the topic.
RESIN’s undergraduate senior engineering capstone project course was organized and conducted during the Spring 2009 semester. The theme of this project course was California’s Infrastructure Systems: water supply, power supply, transportation, and water security. The team of students who studied water security in the Sacramento Delta developed an innovative series of barriers that could be deployed after major earthquakes or other events that caused failures of the delta’s levees. The purpose of these barriers was to prevent saltwater intrusion into the fresh water supplies that are vital to the state of California.
In addition to course development, RESIN sponsors a number of public seminars and joint industry workshops, as well as authoring a variety of publications.