PIEVC Protocol and Resources

PIEVC Protocol and Resources

Protocole d'ingénierie du CVIIP

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 (e.g., 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 -- for example, 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. Over 100 infrastructure risk assessments have been completed as of January 2023.

The PIEVC Program Alliance encourages the use of the Protocol for all types of infrastructure going forward. It is available for use at no financial charge for any public infrastructure assessment project in Canada.

For more information on the PIEVC Protocol and its applications, please see the below paper, prepared for the 2021 Canadian Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference (May 2021).

The PIEVC Protocol for Assessing Public Infrastructure Vulnerability to Climate Change Impacts: National and International Application

The PIEVC Family of Resources Catalogue

This Catalogue is a high-level planning document. It does not delve deeply into the various areas of expertise often necessary for skilled execution of climate assessment work. Each of the cited resources focuses more deeply on these skill sets and the experts and stakeholders typically necessary to support successful work. Parties are encouraged to consult with appropriate experts when planning their work. This Catalogue offers guidance on the resources that are available to support climate resilience work. Each project will require appropriate staffing and resourcing.

Living Document:

In this Catalogue, you will find boxes where you can add your examples concerning climate resilience. Your suggestions will help other users produce meaningful and practical adaptation actions. Your ideas may be included in future revisions of this document and will help the PIEVC Program develop new tools to support this work.

A brief presentation by Erik Sparling, Climate Risk Institute, outlining the Catalogue is available here.

The catalogue is available for download here.


BETA RELEASE, Feb. 2023: The PIEVC Large Portfolio Assessment Manual

This manual provides guidance on the ways infrastructure owners may use vulnerability and risk assessment to inform setting priorities and managing the climate resilience of a large portfolio of assets. The Large Portfolio Assessment Manual complements, but does not replace core PIEVC Program resources, including the PIEVC Protocol and High Level Screening Guide.

A presentation by Joel Nodelman, Nodelcorp. Consulting outlining the PIEVC Large Portfolio Assessment Manual is available here.

Click here for information on accessing the PIEVC Large Portfolio Assessment Manual.

To submit comments or suggestions on the PIEVC Green Protocol, please fill out and submit this review template, and return to pievc@iclr.org.


BETA RELEASE, Feb. 2023: The PIEVC Green Protocol

The PIEVC Green Protocol outlines a process to assess infrastructure component responses to climate change impacts, while considering the broader social and environmental systems within which the infrastructure component is situated. Information developed through the assessment process will assist owners, operators and other professionals to effectively incorporate climate change adaptation into design, development and management of existing and planned infrastructure and its surrounding environment, including ecosystems.

The PIEVC Green Protocol may be considered a supplemental annex to the full PIEVC Protocol or PIEVC High Level Screening Guide.

A presentation by Stephanie Austin, NIRAS & CRI Associate, on the PIEVC Green Protocol is available here.

Click here for information on accessing the PIEVC Green Protocol.

To submit comments or suggestions on the PIEVC Green Protocol, please fill out and submit this review template, and return to pievc@iclr.org.