TOOLS AND CAPABILITIES

RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE

Principles

Throughout the world, we work on providing quantified insights into the current and future performance of interdependent infrastructure networks. These insights provide the basis for prioritizing steps to enhance the resilience of infrastructure systems. We analyse natural hazard and climate risks as well as man-made risks in order to understand the potential economic and social disruption caused by infrastructure failures. That evidence then helps to build the business case for a strategic approach to adaptation. We are experts in the analysis of uncertainty, using probabilistic risk analysis as well as ‘deep uncertainty’ methods, which means that we can identify and test proportionate and robust adaptation strategies.

We are a team with high levels of technical expertise producing innovative solutions to complex problems. We combine cutting edge theoretical expertise derived from one of the world’s leading research programmes on infrastructure systems, with a pragmatic and ingenious approach to solving the data challenges that beset infrastructure systems analysis around the world. We collaborate with a variety of partners in government, industry, research and the third sector, we are committed to the long term use of infrastructure systems analysis in an open source environment.

UK Analysis
The current ITRC-MISTRAL research program encompasses the analysis of infrastructure systems at multiple-scales including “across scales”, that is, to assess and compare infrastructure systems at a national scale in other countries around the world. Our intention therefore is to adapt and apply our ground breaking systems-of-systems infrastructure assessment capabilities to other countries and contexts including developing countries, rapidly developing city-states, and post-conflict, post-disasters contexts.

Most of the world’s infrastructure development is occurring outside the UK in rapidly emerging economies with the greatest infrastructure gap present in the poorest countries of the world. Infrastructure decisions being made now will lock in development pathways.

In the international cases we have examined so far we have seen a wide range of planning and decision methodologies, but no long-term cross-sectoral strategic systems analysis. Given the scale of infrastructure investment required around the world, from post-disaster situations to rapidly industrialising economies, it is not surprising that ITRC has been invited to apply its approach in situations outside the UK, from Palestine to China.

As a key component of this research we are developing, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), a series of open-source analysis tools known as NISMOD-Int for the application of evidence-based decision making to developing countries. These tools will allow recipient countries to develop and assess alternative infrastructure transition strategies for meeting their future sustainable development goals. This work is currently being piloted in the occupied Palestinian territories with plans underway to extend our coverage to Africa, Asia and the Island States.

 

 

Global analysis

Throughout the world, we work on providing quantified insights into the current and future performance of interdependent infrastructure networks. These insights provide the basis for prioritizing steps to enhance the resilience of infrastructure systems. We analyse natural hazard and climate risks as well as man-made risks in order to understand the potential economic and social disruption caused by infrastructure failures. That evidence then helps to build the business case for a strategic approach to adaptation. We are experts in the analysis of uncertainty, using probabilistic risk analysis as well as ‘deep uncertainty’ methods, which means that we can identify and test proportionate and robust adaptation strategies.

We are a team with high levels of technical expertise producing innovative solutions to complex problems. We combine cutting edge theoretical expertise derived from one of the world’s leading research programmes on infrastructure systems, with a pragmatic and ingenious approach to solving the data challenges that beset infrastructure systems analysis around the world. We collaborate with a variety of partners in government, industry, research and the third sector, we are committed to the long term use of infrastructure systems analysis in an open source environment.

RESEARCH THEMES

ENERGY
TRANSPORT
WATER
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
DEMOGRAPHICS
URBAN
DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMICS
INFRASTRUCTURE
GOVERNANCE
NISMOD
RISK AND
RESILIENCE
RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
DATABASES