Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Infrastructure security

Do our infrastructure systems put people at risk?

Chart: The relationship of traffic fatalities and US annual vehicle miles traveledRisk—the likelihood that an individual may be harmed if exposed to a hazard—is not a foreign concept. It’s often our infrastructure’s most extreme failures, like the Minneapolis bridge collapse or the Amtrak crash outside Philadelphia, that tend to put infrastructure in the news. Recently, much has been written about America’s failing infrastructure systemstransportationenergywatertelecommunications, and the built environment as a whole. But these narratives inherently fall short, as they focus on the engineering itself, tapping into a sort of carnal fear that physical structures could collapse around us any minute.

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