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New ICE research paper co-authored by Resilience Shift Technical Director, Juliet Mian, provide insight into how organisations are changing the basis of planning and investment decisions to enhance resilience.
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Policy perspective on educating engineers for resilience. Recognising that critical infrastructures are more than just technology. To increase their resilience, engineers should view them as socio-technical systems.
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The articles in this issue of ‘The Bridge’ present examples of engineering innovation to develop resilient infrastructure.
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On 18-19 February 2019, EPFL organised a workshop of the SmartResilience project, hosted by the Swiss Re Institute in Zurich. The workshop gathered representatives from insurance and insurance experts. After providing some general considerations about insurance, resilience and critical infrastructure (CI) to describe the context in which the methodologies developed by the SmartResilience project can be used in an insurance setting, this report provides an analysis of the contribution of SmartResilience to insurance. The analysis elaborates from research made prior to the workshop, presentations made by partners of SmartResilience, and discussion among participants.
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Changing complexity in the increasingly integrated human, natural, and built systems within which our infrastructures are designed and operated make it necessary to examine how the role of engineering requires new competencies for satisficing. Several long-term trends appear to be shifting our infrastructures further away from the complicated domain where optimization and efficiency were the core approaches, to the domain of complexity, where rapidly changing environments and fragmentation of goals require fundamentally new approaches.
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This paper synthesises key literature in climate adaptation and socio-ecological resilience theory to propose a shift in paradigm for transport infrastructure design, construction and operation, towards engineered systems that can transform, evolve and internally manage vulnerability. The authors discuss the opportunity for biomimicry (innovation inspired by nature) as an enabling discipline for supporting resilient and regenerative infrastructure, introducing three potential tools and frameworks.
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Growing scientific evidence suggests that risks due to failure of critical infrastructures (CIs) will increase worldwide, as the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events (EWEs) induced by climate change increases. Such risks are difficult to estimate due to the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of CIs and because information sharing regarding the vulnerabilities of the different CIs is limited. This paper proposes a methodology for risk analysis of systems of interdependent CIs to EWEs.
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This paper recognised that an understanding of infrastructure resilience requires an understanding of the work that institutions do to produce infrastructure change. It divides the resilience work of institutions into three types: operational, regulatory, and constitutional. A proposed framework that incorporates the types of resilience work done by institutions, scales, objectives, and uncertainties is presented.
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climate change, policy, risk assessment
This paper asks three guiding research questions: What does urban infrastructure resilience really mean? What are the most common research topics connected to urban infrastructure resilience? How can humanity further improve urban infrastructure resilience from a sustainable development planning perspective?
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funds, global, mapping, networks, organisations, programmes, regional, resilience
Although it was originally posted in March 2018, we only recently stumbled across this very useful list of global and regional initiatives that either have a focus on resilience or cover some aspect of resilience so it deserves a mention now!
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interdependencies, optimising, visualisation
Some interesting research going on at Imperial College London bringing together interests in the visualization of complex engineering projects, and interests in interdependencies across different kinds of infrastructure systems, towards systems engineering in a human-natural environment.
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interdependency, model, modelling, planning
We liked the CIRI webinar on ‘Dynamic resiliency modelling and planning for interdependent critical infrastructures’ which is relevant to our outcome statement on dynamic performance based design. The presentation can be downloaded here.
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engineering, policy, solutions
This course at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering aims to teach students to identify solutions for critical infrastructure resilience in the face of climate change, globalisation and urbanisation challenges.
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European Union, model, Nordic, strategy
This journal article talks about the strategies and conceptual development of some European Nordic Countries to resilience for critical infrastructure. Then it highlights how their approach has a better starting point that most of the EU.
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climate change, scientific research, technology
The Allianz Climate Risk Research Award supports scientific research that improves our understanding of climate change-related risks. The compendium is a compilation of selected essays from participants of the 2017 and 2018 editions.
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innovation, leadership, solutions
Great questions have a catalytic quality — they dissolve barriers to creative thinking and channel the pursuit of solutions into new, accelerated pathways. The MIT Leadership Center’s Hal Gregersen says brainstorming in “question bursts” is the best way for innovative leaders and problem solvers to find solutions.
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What do we mean when we speak in terms of “resilience?” Why has “resilience” become the hot buzzword, and why is it useful for political leaders who want to avoid saying the words “climate change?” This paper is published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists journal.
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communications, policy, research
There is a lot of good advice out there on communicating research for policy. But what we often don’t talk about is the things that go against that advice, which….cough cough… if we’re honest, we all do. At least sometimes. For example…
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engineering, resilience engineering
The 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering is a federation of four universities of technology in the Netherlands jointly committed to strengthening and pooling technical knowledge.
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