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Sandia Co-Hosts “Climate Risk Forum: Bridging Climate Science and Actuarial Practice”

This Fall event was a follow-up to a Climate and Environment Program Area meeting with the California governor’s office in July. There, the California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, recognized the value of Sandia’s climate-impact modeling and analysis work, led by Stephen Conrad (manager of Sandia’s Resilience and Regulatory Effects Dept.), and wanted to connect that [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:22+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Analysis, Climate, Facilities, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Water Security|Comments Off on Sandia Co-Hosts “Climate Risk Forum: Bridging Climate Science and Actuarial Practice”

Upcoming Publication on Recovery Strategies for Damaged Transportation Networks

A maximum traffic-flow network (top) and a congested flow network (bottom). The International Journal of Critical Infrastructures accepted “Optimal recovery sequencing for enhanced resilience and service restoration in transportation networks” for publication. The paper, co-authored by Eric Vugrin (in Sandia’s Resilience and Regulatory Effects Dept.), Mark Turnquist (Cornell University), and Nathanael Brown (Operations [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:44+00:00 January 28th, 2014|Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Upcoming Publication on Recovery Strategies for Damaged Transportation Networks

Motivating Business to Design a More Resilient Nation, One Building at a Time

A little engineering goes a long way: A home in Gilchrist, Texas, designed to resist flood waters survived Hurricane Ike in 2008. (Photo courtesy of FEMA/Joselyne Augustino) Imagine a building resilient enough to allow people to continue their daily tasks even while an emergency is in progress. The self-­reliant building might have its [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:51+00:00 September 10th, 2013|Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC|Comments Off on Motivating Business to Design a More Resilient Nation, One Building at a Time

Sandia and Los Alamos Teams Gear Up for Hurricane Season

National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) teams of infrastructure modelers and analysts, such as this one, work to provide a crisis response to the Department of Homeland Security for national disasters such as hurricanes. (Photo courtesy of NISAC) The Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), jointly housed [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:53+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Partnership|Comments Off on Sandia and Los Alamos Teams Gear Up for Hurricane Season

Sandia’s Work with Texas Southern University Cited by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Sandia's NISAC facility. Sandia was mentioned in a letter by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) for outstanding work with Texas Southern University (TSU). Through the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) program, Sandia has partnered with TSU’s National Transportation Center of Excellence, to complete analyses of the petrochemical supply chain and related [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:58+00:00 May 16th, 2013|Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Partnership|Comments Off on Sandia’s Work with Texas Southern University Cited by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Estimating Device or System Probability of Failure

POF Darts is a new algorithm for the QMU problem of estimating device or system probability of failure (POF), e.g., of critical infrastructures in the face of a potentially disruptive event. POF Darts wraps around a computational simulation of a device, evaluating it at particular parameter values, such as uncertain environmental conditions and varying as-manufactured [...]

By | 2013-05-09T15:56:16+00:00 May 9th, 2013|Analysis, Energy Surety, Facilities, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC|Comments Off on Estimating Device or System Probability of Failure

DHS Mulls Updates to Chemical Site Risk Assessments

A repaired St. Bernard Parish oil refinery that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. (Federal Emergency Management Agency image, 28-Aug-08) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering potential updates to its procedures for assessing risks posed by chemical facilities under a program for imposing greater security requirements on high-threat sites. DHS [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:00+00:00 April 3rd, 2013|Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on DHS Mulls Updates to Chemical Site Risk Assessments

EC, DHS’s S&T Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency: SUMMIT

Natural disasters create emergency situations that must be dealt with quickly and effectively in order to minimize injury and loss of life. Simulating such events before they occur can help emergency responders fine-tune their preparations. To create the most accurate modeling scenarios, exercise planners need to know critical event details, such as infrastructure damage and [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:02+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Analysis, Capabilities, Facilities, Global, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, NISAC, Partnership, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on EC, DHS’s S&T Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency: SUMMIT

Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

The Global Trends report is issued every four years and is the intelligence community’s unclassified effort to look decades ahead at global trends to identify security risks with direct or indirect impact to the U.S. The Human Resilience Index and Modeling project provides a set of tools to help explore the links among human ecological conditions [...]

By | 2017-07-25T18:51:10+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Analysis, Capabilities, Climate, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, NISAC, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

RESOURCE: Interview with Nancy Brune, Sandia National Laboratories

Nancy Brune,  a Senior Policy analyst at Sandia National Laboratories and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses security and sustainability with discusses security and sustainability with Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum. Click here to listen to this audio track at the website for the [...]

By | 2016-05-09T14:04:20+00:00 November 7th, 2012|Analysis, Climate, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC|Comments Off on RESOURCE: Interview with Nancy Brune, Sandia National Laboratories