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Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st Century Bureau of Reclamation (2006)

Chapter: Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment

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Suggested Citation:"Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment." National Research Council. 2006. Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st Century Bureau of Reclamation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11519.
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Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment

The Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) was established by the National Research Council (NRC) in 1946 as the Building Research Advisory Board. BICE and its predecessor organizations have been the principal units of the NRC concerned with the relationship between the constructed and natural environments and their interaction with human activities. Principal areas of focus include these:

  • Human factors and the built environment,

  • Project management methods,

  • Construction methods and materials,

  • Security of facilities and critical infrastructure,

  • Multi-hazard mitigation methods,

  • Construction and utilization of underground space, and

  • Infrastructure and community building.

BICE brings together experts from a wide range of scientific, engineering, and social science disciplines to discuss potential studies of interest; develop and frame study tasks; ensure proper project planning; suggest possible reviewers for reports produced by fully independent ad hoc study committees; and convene meetings to examine strategic issues. The board members listed in the front of this document were not asked to endorse the committee’s conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of this report before its release.

Additional information about BICE can be obtained online at http://www.nationalacademies.org/bice.

Suggested Citation:"Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment." National Research Council. 2006. Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st Century Bureau of Reclamation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11519.
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In the more than 100 years since its formation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation of the Department of Interior (DOI), through its construction program, has brought water, electric power, and recreation facilities to millions of people in the Western United States. With major water and power systems in place, the Bureau’s attention has now turned to operation, maintenance, repair, and modernization of those facilities in an environmentally and economically sound manner. To help with this effort, DOI asked the NRC to advise the Bureau on “appropriate organizational, management, and resource configurations to meet its construction, maintenance, and infrastructure requirements for its missions of the 21st century.” This report presents an assessment of the requirements facing the Bureau in the 21st century, an analysis of good practices and techniques for addressing those challenges, and a review of workforce and human resource needs. The report also provides alternative scenarios that describe possible future organizations for infrastructure management.

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