We will champion the development and adoption of high-performance simulation tools and peta-scale data handling technologies to allow our profession to more accurately observe, model, forecast, and control the behavior of civil and environmental infrastructure systems and the natural environment. Simulation models, calibrated with data gathered from pervasive sensor networks, will enhance the resilience and adaptability of infrastructure systems to various environmental and human-influenced hazards, and will enhance our understanding of human infrastructure and activities on natural systems. Benefits include more sustainable development and operation of infrastructure systems, improved stewardship of the natural environment, and enhanced productivity in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Students will be exposed to these paradigm-shifting tools to enable their use in research now and in future practice.
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