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Resilient infrastructure key to safer cities

train infraSince a power outage caused a three-hour suspension of trading at the Singapore Exchange on Nov 5, 2014, and flash floods hit Orchard Road after torrential rains in December 2011, there has been increased scrutiny of the reliability of existing infrastructure systems. In recent years, the increased occurrences of train faults have also introduced occasional episodes of inconveniences into the daily commuting lives of Singaporeans…


Natural Disasters: Preparing for the Big One

According to a 2013 World Bank report, the Asia-Pacific has accounted for 61 percent of global losses from disasters in the past 20 years, with more than 1.6 billion people affected in the region since 2000. Total losses from Asia-Pacific disasters for the years 1980-2011 were an estimated $453 billion…


Senior thesis: Breaking ground in East Asian earthquake disaster relief

In 2008, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, leaving more than 87,000 people dead or missing, and millions homeless. Three years later, the magnitude-9.0 Tohoku earthquake hit Japan, causing a tsunami that covered more than 200 square miles, killing more than 18,000 people and causing a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant…



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