Structural Engineering for a Changing Climate: The Floating City

Thank you to those who attended the session! If you would like to continue the conversation and build a community of scholars and practitioners along this theme, please fill your name and contact here. We’ll see what next steps can be taken.

On June 3, 12:30pm (EST) join ASCE’s Virtual Structures Congress for this session “Structural Engineering for a Changing Climate: The Floating City”, which I will moderate and present along side some colleagues as listed below. While our profession has made great strides in quantifying forces due to gravity, wind, seismic, and fire – the floating city will require learning about new forces (e.g. hydrodynamics) and innovative materials to withstand the harsh environment.  Major impediments to innovative structural solutions are policy driven – specifically – government regulations, insurance industry policy, and lack of codes and standards.This session brings together diverse panelists (see next page) to stimulate discussion with the audience.  Challenges and future research needs will be identified by both panelists and audience.  The hope is that a community of scholars and practitioners can be formed to continue communications and advance the vision for the future. Presenters and themes include:

  • David Odeh (Odeh Engin., Inc.): Floating City Systems
  • Maria Garlock (Princeton Univ.): Structural Design for Ocean Waves
  • Elizabeth English (U. of Waterloo, Buoyant Foundation Project): Amphibious Construction
  • Bill Nechamen (Association of State Floodplain Managers) : Regulatory Challenges