This project wants to identify and assess the tools and approaches that contribute to enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure and make them accessible to those who will benefit. We will develop and manage this in an open and collaborative way so that tool developers will engage with us knowing that this process is both fair and competent.
Further to a successful call for expressions of interest in the spring of 2018, grantees were appointed (see collaborators below) and the project initiated with a framing workshop. The project work identified resilience tools and approaches, using implementation science in the design and facilitation of workshops to facilitate the shift of resilience from theory to practice.
The findings from this work are published below in a research report, and a suite of workshop reports. The tools reviewed are captured in our interim tools platform - the Resilience Toolbox - which now has 70 tools reviewed and mapped.
Critical friend of the Resilience Shift, Igor Linkov, shares his thoughts following his attendance at our tools and approaches workshops in Washington DC and New Orleans. See: A reflection on the value of the tools and approaches work
Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. The Resilience Shift has assessed a wide range of tools and mapped them by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle.
70 of these can be found in our Resilience 'Toolbox'
“The tools and approaches workshops provided important insights into the state of practice for resilience across the project lifecycle and have been important in our work and the context our customers require. It was a unique privilege to be able to go to all three and see the different perspectives. It is definitely an important piece of work”.
Peter J. Hall, Director of Resilience and Sustainability for Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (E&IS)
An Action Learning methodology has been used at the workshops which are intended to stimulate the growth of a community of practice round the RS tools and approaches platform. The project has embraced the concept of resilience value and has identified that a critical infrastructure value chain is useful to connect the concepts of resilience and value. Find out more about the Resilience Shift's value-driven approach.
Savina is a chartered civil engineer who specialises in infrastructure advisory work, helping large infrastructure clients to future-proof and make smarter use of existing assets, data or processes. Savina's work focuses on transport innovation, risk and resilience to extreme weather and climate change.
Áine Ní Bhreasail
Áine is a geotechnical engineer and infrastructure asset advisor, experienced in geotechnical design and ground investigation, movement monitoring and damage assessment, construction site supervision and many facets of asset management, including infrastructure resilience.
How are we doing this?
- Identifying available tools and approaches that enhance resilience and foster resilience-based design.
- Assessing current use of tools and approaches in practice (user profile and uptake, maturity, case studies).
- Identifying how tools and approaches contribute to create resilience value on the infrastructure value chain.
- Creating an accessible and searchable repository of tools and approaches for use by practitioners.
- Identifying gaps and customer needs for new tools and approaches.
- Collaborating with users and developers on current and future tools.
What are the outputs?
- An open access, searchable and validated repository of tools and approaches to enhance resilience of critical infrastructure.
- Each tool/approach will include structured information e.g. description/purpose, what beneficiaries it is addressed to, value it aims to provide, relevant case studies.
- Repository designed to allow reviews by users.
- Reports presenting results from individual research projects and from engagements with tool developers and users.
- Analysis of when these tools and approaches might be best applied at different stages of the value chain throughout the life-cycle of infrastructure.
Insights into the tools and approaches work
Áine Ní Bhreasail, project leader in collaboration with Savina Carluccio, discusses the Resilience Shift’s research into resilience tools and approaches. Find out more.
2018 Understanding Risk: Balkans conference
Learn more about the Resilience Shift and its value chain approach to resilient infrastructure in this video interview from the 2018 Understanding Risk Balkans conference, hosted by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank and the Government of Serbia, with the financial support of the European Union. GFDRR and the World Bank. You can also watch the recording of the live stream Ignite presentations here - Savina's presentation starts at 72'.
Understanding the value chain
The critical infrastructure value chain is useful for joining the dots between resilience value and the infrastructure lifecycle. It helps everyone to have a shared picture of where they can add resilience value and add to the overall resilience of critical infrastructure.
Three initial grantees were appointed to contribute to this work. We had a lot of very high quality, interesting responses to our call for expression of interest and had a tough time choosing partners. Our selected grantees are:
- MMI Engineering who bring expertise on the Value Chain concept and experience of using different tools and approaches to assess resilience across the world;
- The Schumacher Institute who will advise on human-centred design, implementation science and will facilitate workshops; and
- Dr Igor Linkov, risk and decision scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon and consultant at Factor Social, who will provide technical expertise.
Being a critical friend for the tools and approaches work
What is it like to be an ambassador for the Resilience Shift? Peter Hall of Wood Group explains his co-opted role, how the Maine waterfront influenced his interest, and how infrastructure resilience is not a stand-alone business. Peter was asked to be a critical friend for the tools and approaches work, attending stakeholder workshops and helping to identify and engage with partners and other interested parties for this work.
Peter said, “The tools and approaches workshops provided important insights into the state of practice for resilience across the project lifecycle and have been important in our work and the context our customers require. It was a unique privilege to be able to go to all three and see the different perspectives. It is definitely an important piece of work”.