The Protocol

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PIEVC Engineering Protocol

The Protocol systematically reviews historical climate information and projects the nature, severity and probability of future climate changes and events. It also establishes the adaptive capacity of an individual infrastructure as determined by its design, operation and maintenance. It includes an estimate of the severity of climate impacts on the components of the infrastructure (i.e. deterioration, damage or destruction) to enable the identification of higher risk components and the nature of the threat from the climate change impact. This information can be used to make informed engineering judgments on what components require adaptation as well as how to adapt them e.g. design adjustments, changes to operational or maintenance procedures.

Since 2008, the Protocol has been applied to assess climate risks and vulnerabilities across a wide range of infrastructure systems in Canada including : buildings (residential, commercial and institutional);  storm water/wastewater systems, roads and associated structures (e.g. bridges and culverts), water supply and management systems, electricity distribution and airport infrastructure. Close to 40 infrastructure risk assessments have been completed as of November 2014.

Engineers Canada encourages the use of the Protocol for all types of infrastructure going forward. It is available for use at no financial charge through a license agreement with Engineers Canada.

Since publication of the first national assessment report in April 2008, the Protocol and the results of the climate risk/vulnerability assessments have been presented at numerous technical conferences and professional society meetings on infrastructure, climate change and asset management in Canada and the United States.

Internationally, it has been presented in side events organized by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings in Bonn, Germany in June 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, May 2012  and June 2013 and 2014, to the World Bank in May 2009, and at the World Engineering Convention in Brasilia, Brazil in December 2008, at the UPADI (a North, Central and South American regional engineering body) meeting in September 2009 and at the World Engineering Convention in Geneva in September 2011.

It has been presented at conferences of the Canadian Water Resources Association, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Canadian Dam Association, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Transportation Association of Canada Annual Conferences, Canadian Public Works Association, AMERICANA and INFRA conferences and the American Water and Wastewater Association to name some examples.