Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk – the PIEVC Protocol

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Course

Course Date: Wednesday, October 6 to Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Course Fee: $625 plus HST (pursuing the IRP credential); $475 plus HST (professional development only)

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Fees cover online course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration

Supported by Natural Resources Canada’s

Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program.


Course Description

This online course provides participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol, a practical tool and process that supports the systematic assessment of the risks of extreme weather and future climate in relation to public infrastructure. Developed in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, the Protocol is a structured procedure using standard risk assessment processes to assess and fully document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate at a screening level, and related risks.

The Protocol has been applied to more than 50 infrastructure projects across Canada as well as in Costa Rica, Honduras, Brasil, Vietnam and the Nile River Basin. It has been applied to the design of new infrastructure as well as to existing infrastructure in need of rehabilitation or retrofitting. The results of the process inform not only engineers but also planners, managers and operators to improve their understanding and management of the impacts and risks that public infrastructure faces as the result of extreme weather events and our changing climate.  

This course will be of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in policy, planning, procurement, pre-design, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who, now and in the future, need to consider the changing climate for these activities. It is one of six Courses comprising the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) credentialling program available to professional engineers. IRP modules include quizzes and testing to confirm participants’ learning outcomes for certification purposes. This and other IRP courses are also offered as Continuing Professional Development at a lower cost, for those engineers who do not want to pursue the IRP designation, or to other professionals who are not eligible to participate in the IRP program but wish to become familiar with the Protocol and its application.  

The course consists of five (5) two-hour sessions delivered through an online video-enabled webinar platform. Presentations and exercises illustrate real-life applications through hands-on, small group exercises using a case study approach that will include developing strategies and recommendations to address the identified climate vulnerabilities. 

Upon completion of the training participants will have: 

  • An increased understanding of the costs and liabilities related to public infrastructure as a result of climate change 
  • An increased understanding of historical climate trends, methods for projecting future climate, and approaches to acquiring and applying climate data in infrastructure assessment 
  • A basic understanding of risk assessment as applied to infrastructure response to changing climate 
  • Hands-on experience with the application of climate change risk assessment for selected infrastructure examples 
  • First-hand experience at developing strategies and recommendations to address infrastructure climate vulnerabilities 
  • Recognition of the benefits of a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder team to address the impacts and complexities of climate change on infrastructure 

Session Dates and Times

The course will run Wednesdays, starting October 6, for 5 consecutive weeks. Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), please check your time zones.

Session 1: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Session 2: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Session 3: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Session 4: Wednesday, October 27, 2021,11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Session 5: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Fees

Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be sent information to access the five sessions following completion of registration and payment. Note that this training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.

$625.00 (plus applicable taxes) (for professional development and recognition as meeting IRP credentialling requirement) 

$475.00 (plus applicable taxes) (for professional development only) 

Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. Note that this training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.


Course Instructors

Norman Shippee, Ph.D., is the Canadian Technical Lead for Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Senior Climate Scientist at Stantec Consulting, based in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a Climatologist with extensive research and climate risk assessment experience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Victoria and was a postdoctoral research associate at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. Read more…

Joel Nodelman, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng., CRM is an engineering and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice. Over his career, Joel’s primary mission was environmental responsibility and sustainable development. He promoted these strategies in the design, operation, and management of complex engineered systems and organizational structures. He brings this focus to his consulting practice, providing clients with pragmatic approaches to address climate change risk. Read more…

Dirk Nyland, P.Eng., IRP,  Chief Engineer, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Victoria, BC (retired). Mr. Nyland has over 45 years’ experience in transportation engineering.  Throughout his career, he has provided input and expertise on transportation issues in many roles within the Ministry of Transportation in British Columbia. Read more…

Jeff O’Driscoll, P.Eng., is a leader in assessing climate change resilience on infrastructure and held the designation of Infrastructure Resiliency Professional (IRP) from Engineers Canada. Jeff is a Civil Engineer with over 30 years experience in engineering management, project development and planning, design and construction. Read more…