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News Release 14-128

Designing infrastructure with resilience from disruptions and disasters

Ten new projects will investigate how to keep complex, interdependent infrastructure working

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Computer rendering of a section of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, following a simulated earthquake

Researchers create models and simulations to study interdependencies between the built environment and urban movement under everyday and crisis scenarios.

The image shows a section of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, following a simulated earthquake. Potential safe movement paths around debris are shown as multi-color ribbons, calculated from a massively interactive agent-based model of likely behavior in the hour after the event. The height of the ribbons indicates the potential speed of movement possible; color denotes the buildings from which the trips might originate.

Credit: Paul M. Torrens, Geography and UMIACS, University of Maryland, College Park

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