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2022 SSPEED Conference

SSPEED's 10th Conference, Post-Harvey Climate & Flood Impacts on the Built Environment

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AGU Fall Meeting 2018

The SSPEED Center team attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU 100) Fall Meeting. Attendees included Director Phil Bedient, Research Scientist Andrew Juan and seven students.

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AIA's Houston 2020 Exhibition

From dozens of submissions, 26 projects were selected for the exhibition, which will examine themes including: Prairie-to-Bay Ecology, Green Corridors, Hubs, the Future of Buildings, and the Future of the Energy Economy through the visions of participating architects, engineers, environmental thinkers, city planners, educators and scholars. SSPEED's Galveston Bay Park Plan was one of three proposals that was elevated as “Visionary” by a nationally acclaimed jury panel.

Online Exhibition opens August 31, 2020 (
Physical Exhibition opens Fall 2020

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Community Meeting

On May 15, 2019, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia's Office hosted a community meeting at San Jacinto College's Central Campus. SSPEED presented the Galveston Bay Park Plan (GBPP). For me details, please check out our presentation slides and video.

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International SSPEED Conference

Please join us this October!

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Lloyd's Day at Rice: The Smart and Resilient City

This event explores challenges, opportunities and solutions at the intersection of smart cities development, hazard resilience, and insurance.

Multi-Layered Flood Safety: The Netherlands meets the United States

​This Dutch seminar brought together experts from Texas and the Netherlands to shed light on the opportunities for mutual learning across nations and sectors. The three-part panel focused on how infrastructure, construction, emergency management and urban development can be streamlined to build flood-resilient cities.

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Rice Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort (HERE) Symposium

This symposium will showcase ongoing Rice University HERE supported research related to Hurricane Harvey.

SSPEED Center Spring Kick-Off Meeting

The SSPEED Center hosted a kick-off meeting with its directors, researchers, and students to discuss the next phase of work for the Houston Endowment. The day included an overview of upcoming projects, such as modeling and data group discussions, as well as opportunities for collaboration with other groups studying the Gulf Coast region.


The workshop provided all participants with the knowledge to use the USACE's hydraulic model, HEC-RAS, in 1D & 2D unsteady applications. Topics included:

  • 1D unsteady model setup & common stability issues (boundary conditions, lateral and uniform lateral inflows, HTAB parameters, bridges / culverts, and cross sections).

  • 2D model setup (develop terrain model for 2D mesh generation, external & internal boundary conditions, 2D area connections / breaklines)

  • Run 1D & 2D models and view results in RAS Mapper.

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SSPEED's 2019 Conference

Please join us for SSPEED's 2019 Conference, Post-Harvey Era: Resilient Engineering, Infrastructure & Policy.

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