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Performance: Imperative for Safety, Security, and Competitiveness in the 21st Century



J E. Snell


Following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11/02, NIST developed a Public-Private Response Plan. It consists of an investigation of the collapses, an R&D program to transform the findings into actionable recommendations, and a dissemination program to engage industry and government into implementation of recommendations. The elements of the plan are now well underway. In addition, during the past 12 months, other activities have been launched that focus on the needs for (1) broad research on critical infrastructure protection, (2) use of information technology to transform the Nation's building regulatory process, and (3) revision of a capital facilities project roadmap to include homeland security. When all these activities are considered in total, it is concluded that the ability to measure and predict building performance is cricial to safety, security, and competitiveness of the industries of construction. To realize this ability, collective efforts should be made to develop standards for electronic representation of buildings, interoperability of building performance analysis software, life cycle information knowledge bases, and performance of systems for capturing construction site data in real time.
Proceedings Title
International Conference on Tall Buildings; Strategies for Performance in the Aftermath of the World Trad Center
Conference Dates
October 1, 2003
Conference Location
Kuala Lumpur, MA
Conference Title
CIB Report


building collapse, building investigation, building life-cycle performance, building regulations, building-integrated processes, homeland security, tall buildings
Created October 1, 2003, Updated February 19, 2017