Dr. Neil Comer co-presents at RPIC 2019 Real Property National Workshop

Dr. Neil Comer co-presented at the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) 2019 Real Property National Workshop at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa November 21, 2019.

It is the goal of the RPIC to develop and foster a high professional standard of real property management within the Federal Public Sector, and to provide a forum for information exchange and continuous improvement.  The 2019 RPIC Real Property National Workshop (RPNW) theme was Hidden Opportunities: Beyond the Bricks.  This year, the RPNW allowed delegates to explore the hidden opportunities that can be found in all aspects of real property – from the built environment to the people who fill the workplace, from the internal workings of a single facility to the inherent complexities of a national program of work.

Delegates learned about transformational, innovative and cross-jurisdictional initiatives, as well as policy and program developments, from thought leaders and subject matter experts from both public and private sectors across North America. The Workshop provided the building blocks to develop deeper insights on all facets of real property, methods to uncover new opportunities, and the best ways in which to capitalize on them.  (https://www.rpic-ibic.ca/en/events/real-property-rp-national-workshop/­)

As part of the program, Dr Comer, along with Maria Mottillo, Energy Engineer, and Maxime St. Denis, Manager Climate Action, GHG and Energy of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) provided a presentation on an Ottawa-based assets climate risk assessment Risk Sciences International produced earlier. The presentation was entitled ‘It’s More Than Just a Storm: Preparing for major climatic events today and in the future’. RSI was responsible for the generation of historical and projected climate probabilities using the Climate Change Hazards Information Portal (CCHIP.CA) system and client-tailored analytics.

The project supported the Federal and PSPC climate change commitments going forward by initially assessing a climate hazard study for the National Capital Area (NCA). Historical events, along with projections of future probability of these occurring in the future were evaluated, allowing for PSPC to determine priorities for PSPC assets including buildings, roads, drainage infrastructure, etc. Priorities identified were extreme heat (impacting heat and cooling load demands for example), extreme precipitation, ice storm events, wind and riverine flooding.

Probabilities of events and their impact severities were then determined, allowing for a quantitative evaluation of risk into ‘high, elevated, moderate, low and special care’ categories for adaptation strategies by PSPC going forward.

L-R Maxime St Denis, PSPC, Maria Mottillo, PSPC, and Neil Comer, RSI.