Resilience Considerations for Science and Industry

January 17, 2019
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Time


Resilience is a broadly-referenced term whose meaning can get lost in the breadth of its use. Quite simply, resilience is the ability to continue to function in the midst of a variety of disruptors. It does not assume a static and unchanging state but rather a system that is able to flex and rapidly adapt to changing conditions. It focuses as much on the operational aspects of a system as it does the physical properties. Finally, it is common for some of the greatest vulnerabilities be reliant on external systems (e.g., energy, water and transport systems, supply chains, regulatory drivers, etc.).

In many ways, resilience is already an inherent consideration in how manufacturing processes, chemical compounding and the supporting facilities, equipment and materials are designed and sourced. This course will highlight how resilience is already part of the system by default and how a more proactive approach could help to optimize the systems and outputs. Several case studies and implementing guidance will be highlighted.

Equally important is the ability to recognize emerging trends that will significantly shift the needs and opportunities within science and industry. For example, the fact that 3-D printing will lead to decentralized manufacturing processes; how the forecasting of future pandemics has changed what and how pharmaceutical companies are investing in the future; how the advent of digital medicine and need to fight hunger and disease in an aging and growing population is translated into the types of facilities that are designed and the services that will be required; how global trends such as climate change, resource depletion and aging infrastructure will impact different sectors of this industry.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. State how resilience is defined within science and industry;
  2. Discuss case studies of resilience that have direct application to facilities, labs and other supporting structures;
  3. Understand the key drivers that will impact science and industry in the next decade and how those should be considered when designing facilities; and
  4. Identify two or three “external” systems that will fundamentally impact the overall resilience of a high-tech facility, program, or larger system.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biographies

Jim Blount is a senior laboratory programmer and planner specializing in research facilities for academic institutions and life sciences companies. Jim has dedicated his career to architecture for the sciences. A particular area of his interest and expertise is the exploration and development of innovative sustainable design solutions for research and engineering laboratories. Jim is a member of our Research Practice and Sustainability committees. He is the President of the New England Chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). Jim regularly participates as a juror in the R&D Lab of the Year competition, and is a frequent speaker at many national forums addressing laboratory and sustainable design topics. Jim’s recent clients include SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, University of Kentucky, Northeast Ohio Medical University, University of Minnesota, Rowan University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of New Hampshire, Shire, and EMD Serono.

Lisa Dickson is an Associate Principal in Arup’s Boston office and the Director of Resilience for the Americas. Lisa started her career as a transportation planner before gaining expertise in regulations and financial markets related to carbon and renewable energy, and more recently with alternative financing and investment options related to resilience. She has led multiple climate resilience projects including work for the World Bank, Partners Healthcare, Cites of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Washington D.C., Logan International Airport, the MBTA, the Army National Guard, confidential tech clients, developers and several coastal communities. Several of those projects focused specifically on creating investment-grade decision-making tools and performance metrics to drive policy and funding changes around resilience.

Hilary Williams is an Associate in Arup’s Boston office who brings over seventeen years of experience in mechanical design, analysis and construction. Hilary was the lead mechanical engineer for the Northeastern ISEC project and has extensive experience in laboratory’s, educational facilities and energy optimization projects. She holds the role of Secretary of the New England I2SL and was recently recognized by the CSE 40 under 40 award 2018. Since joining Arup, Hilary has been involved in the design of projects in the UK, US, Middle East and Europe covering industrial, commercial and public sectors. Hilary’s work is particularly focused on sustainable technologies, energy analysis and computational fluid dynamics.


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