Risk Assessment, Hazard Mitigation and Public Safety

WWE has long been an advocate of utilizing risk assessment in the course of developing potential solutions for our clients’ problems.  This fundamentally relates to sustainability.  For projects to be sustainable, they have to be adaptable and based on a sound understanding of risk, as opposed to relying exclusively on a single, fixed design standard.  One practical example of this is WWE’s repeated admonition to our clients that there is nothing magic about the 100-year flood, and that larger floods can and do routinely occur.  We point out that it may be feasible for little additional cost to design for larger floods.  There are some circumstances in which catastrophic flood risk is a real concern, and we have discussed the implications of this with our clients and helped them plan for them.

WWE has strong experience with assessing, managing and mitigating a wide range of natural hazards, including rock fall, slope stability, debris flows, alluvial fans, flooding, landslides, collapsing and swelling soils and others.  WWE has been a strong supporter of the Colorado Geological Survey—the governmental entity in Colorado charged with handling risks of this kind.  Fundamental to the practice of sound engineering is to inform our clients and members of the public of potential risks, and to help them plan for and mitigate such risks economically and in compliance with all applicable regulations.

WWE stresses protection of public safety, which is fundamental to sustainability, in many facets of our practice.   WWE CEO Jon Jones recently completed the coordination of a committee of approximately 75 engineers, land planners, landscape architects and other professionals to prepare the Guidance for Protection of Public Safety at Urban Stormwater Management Facilities, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers and cosponsored by six other leading engineering, planning and landscape architecture professional organizations.