Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk – the PIEVC Protocol

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Course

New Date!

Course Officially Opens October 31st, 2022

This six-week online course will provide participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee), a practical tool and process that supports the systematic assessment of the risks of extreme weather and future climate in relation to public infrastructure. It 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 Climate Risk Institute is excited to announce that our suite of courses that make up the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credential is moving to a new platform in collaboration with Royal Roads University. Our courses will now be hosted on the Moodle Platform where you will be able to find all course material and engage in discussions and knowledge sharing with other participants and instructors. The courses are a blend of synchronous sessions (where you will join live Zoom meetings once per week) and asynchronous content where instructors have recorded lecture content and readings that you can complete on your own schedule.

Live sessions will be on:

  • Nov 9th
  • Nov 16th
  • Nov 23rd
  • Nov 30th
  • Dec 7th

How to register:

You need to register for an account with Royal Roads University.

  1. If you have an account already, click HERE TO REGISTER.
  2. If you do not yet have an account with Royal Roads, create an account:
  3. Login to your account and visit the page:
  4. Complete the registration and payment
  5. You will receive an email outlining how to access the course when it opens

Course Fee:

$795 plus applicable taxes

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


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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. 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 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) required modules and one (1) optional, self-directed module. Modules consist of one (1) 1.5hour synchronous (live) session as well as recorded video content and required and optional readings. 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. 

Depending on your learning style and familiarity with online learning, you may require more or less time to complete the course requirements. We recommend allocating 3 to 5 hours per week to complete the readings, online activities, and attend the live sessions.

In taking this course, participants will develop:

  • An increased understanding of the impacts 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 for acquiring and applying climate data in infrastructure assessments;
  • A basic understanding of risk assessment as applied to infrastructure responses to climate change, and how to use the PIEVC protocol to support that risk assessment;
  • Hands-on experience with the application of climate change risk assessment for selected infrastructure examples;
  • An increased understanding of formulating strategies and recommendations for addressing infrastructure climate vulnerabilities; and,
  • Insights related to the use of multi-disciplinary teams in assessing and addressing the impacts of climate change on infrastructure.

Course Instructors

Paul Cobb, B.Eng – Facilitator

Paul is a Manager of Training Services with the Climate Risk Institute. An engineer by training, he has dedicated his career to finding and implementing climate change solutions. Paul’s work spans twenty years in the fields of climate change mitigation and adaptation – working with everyone from rural communities to provincial and territorial governments – helping identify and implement climate solutions.   Read more…

Joel Nodelman, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng., CRM – Instructor

Joel 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…