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Infrastructure Resilience: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

Dolan, T; Jude, S; Varga, L; Quinn, A; Carhart, N; (2018) Infrastructure Resilience: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. (ICIF White Paper Collection ). International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

• Resilience is multi-dimensional concept and as such difficult to define. Common across disciplinary perspectives, are the concept that resilience is a property of a system that emerges from the interaction between (interdependence of) system components. And that a resilient system a certain abilities characteristics. • All human activity (including construction and operation of infrastructure) takes place in the context of the broader system of which it is a part. It follows any infrastructure asset, sub-sector or sector is only as resilient as the least resilient component of the supply chains or other infrastructure on which it depends. Therefore, it is not possible (or at least very difficult) to be resilient without being systemic. • In order to be resilient, any action(s) to increase efficiency or optimise a system must be evaluated in the context of potential changes to the system (sudden and gradual) that might affect the ability to preserve existence of function. Explicitly acknowledging and maintaining awareness of broader external factors during problem framing and solution selection, is therefore, an essential element of the resilience approach. • To increase resilience and reduce recovery time, an organisation must be dynamic in continually planning for, and adapting to, changing external contexts. This requires regular re-evaluation of desired function(s)/outcome(s), and the business model and mode of delivery to enable those. Upgrading/adapting infrastructure assets only after a failure event, or focusing solely on rapid recovery to business-as-usual performance after a failure event, impedes an organisation’s ability to be resilient.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Infrastructure Resilience: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.wp.10059984
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/000.wp.10059984
Language: English
Additional information: Funded by EPSRC & ESRC (grant number EP/K012347/1).
Keywords: Resilience, System, Infrastructure, ICIF White Paper, EP/K012347/1
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059984
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