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Measurements and Standards to Support Rebuilding the U.S. Physical Infrastructure (+8 FTE, +$4,500,000)
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure estimates that $2.2 trillion in spending over five years will be necessary to adequately address our infrastructure needs.1 Since 2005, when ASCE issued its last assessment, the price tag has increased by more than a third. The vast majority of our physical infrastructure has been in place for over 50 years without extensive repair, and it is aging poorly. The symptoms include long commutes, unending flight delays, failing dams and levees, contaminated water, bridge collapses, pipeline ruptures, and other costs. The President has committed to improving resilience of the nation's infrastructure, including investment in the most pressing short and long-term infrastructure needs. NIST has been performing research and developing standards relevant to infrastructure design and performance for decades, and it has collaborated effectively with other federal agencies to advance hazard assessment and forecasting capabilities.
Proposed NIST Program
NIST will develop measurement solutions required to quantify the remaining useful life of infrastructure, optimize short- and long-term investment in repairs, and enable intelligent, active management and control of infrastructural systems. Under this initiative, NIST will undertake collaborative efforts that will:
These proposed research efforts will lead to: