As the world grows more unpredictable, organizations are taking stock of their resiliency.
- Do we have the information to make the right long-term infrastructure investments?
- How do we restore and maintain operations if there’s a disruption?
- How do we mitigate risk?
Increased frequency of intense weather events, dependence on digital infrastructure, and other risk factors have decision-makers looking for answers. That search brought federal managers to a recent LMI Research Institute workshop, Analytics for Resilience: Infrastructure, Supply Chain, and Climate.
More than a dozen experts from academia, industry, and government shared how data informs resiliency-focused decision-making and the development of resiliency frameworks. James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Energy, and Facilities; NASA Senior Program Manager Sam Higuchi; and U.S. Postal Service Chief Sustainability Officer Jennifer Beiro-Reveille were among the government presenters.
Kelly L., who supports a homeland security agency that produced its resiliency framework earlier this year, came away with a better understanding of how resiliency ties into mission assurance, continuity of operations, and supply chain operations.
“I’m learning as I go, so it’s great to hear how other people are approaching resilience—defining it, analyzing it, and implementing frameworks,” she said. “Learning from others is huge for us. The speakers were extremely knowledgeable and interesting.”
The program centered on climate-related resiliency, where LMI has been an industry leader for over a decade. LMI has advised dozens of agencies on climate risk mitigation and adaptation planning, publishing two books: A Federal Leader’s Guide to Climate Change (2009) and Climate Change: What You Can Do Now (2012). In October, LMI announced a partnership with The Climate Service (TCS) to bring its proprietary climate data analytics software to LMI’s customers. TCS has private-sector clients in financial services, retail, real estate, and transportation, among other industries.