The Challenges sought innovative products, approaches, and workforce development programs from anywhere in the world that address resilience topics below and can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, can be built into economically viable businesses, and are scalable to other communities.
Cost-effective management of ground- storm- and/or tidal water, either as affordable short-term mitigations or low-maintenance long-term options in urban environments with high water tables.
Big data analytics, integration, and accessibility for multiple applications to help coastal community stakeholders maintain public safety, meet logistics needs, protect property, as well as enhance quality of life among other applications.
Structural or non-structural alternatives beyond traditional approaches such as costly house elevation that individual homeowners could buy that protects buildings for 15 – 30 years in the flood environment, or that are cost effective protections against the higher frequency, lower magnitude recurrent flooding.
Portable systems deployable within 2 hours and able to provide 72 hours of continuous functionality to critical services.
Enhance the economic prosperity of low/moderate income urban neighborhoods which have been disconnected physically, economically and digitally from the rest of a thriving city.
Innovative workforce development solutions that offer pathways to train, retrain, upskill, or reskill workers, as well as connect them to the demands of employers around any of the five resilience topics described above.
Building Resilient Solutions
Reducing flood-damage through alternative retrofit methods for existing buildings.
Harnessing kinetic energy from traffic to power emergency services.
Grow Oyster Reefs
Reducing shoreline erosion and flooding with innovative reef tiles that attract oysters faster than competitor solutions.
Reducing nuisance flooding in constrained urban environment without massive infrastructure overhauls.
Landscape Resilience Partnership
Training resilience workforce to design, install and maintain flood-reducing solutions.
Resilience Enterprise Solutions
Raising the bar for workforce training in the home raising industry.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is a 700-person, corporation with offices located throughout the U.S. GZA’s 45-person, specialized and multidisciplinary practice in Natural Hazard Risk Management, Resilience and Climate Adaptation focuses on hazard risk management, climate change mitigation, disaster response and recovery and resilience and climate adaptation planning for critical infrastructure, municipalities and state agencies.
Brisbane-based FloodMapp provides users with warning time and personalized messaging before a flood while providing insurers live flood mapping, predictive claims analysis, damage curves to estimate damages and reinsurance requirements, claims logistics, and resource planning. Their real time, asset specific flood forecasting and mapping products help improve all phases of the emergency management process: before, during and after.
FernLeaf Interactive, a private corporation co-developed the Federal resilience process for understanding risk and building resilience to natural hazards. They have partnered with Esri to tailor this process to the local government level on the ArcGIS platform. Their collaborative with NEMAC actively supports local-scale community resilience directly or in partnership with A&E firms throughout the United States.
Baird USA is an organization of 85 scientists, engineers and designers specializing in professional services exclusively for projects at the land-water interface. Baird undertakes projects ranging in size from small planning studies to designs of large development projects with construction costs in excess of $150 million, and their niche modeling expertise is frequently applied.