Work packages description

Work package 1

International survey

  • Collate existing methods for identification, definition and implementation of resilience concepts to critical infrastructure in Europe and the rest of the world by carrying out a survey, interviews and workpackages not only with the project partners and associate partners but also other relevant projects both ongoing and recently completed. Carry out a review of journals; academic papers, EU, UN and other international reports and written sources will also be included in our work
  • This collation will not only look at the international perspective, but will also take into account the cross sectorial dimension
  • Create a lexicon of definitions for critical infrastructure resilience will be developed

Work package 2

Critical evaluation of existing approaches for implementation of resilience concepts

  • Definition of reference incident scenarios for the evaluation of existing approaches for implementation of resilience concepts with a focus on critical infrastructure
  • Developing a means for evaluating and measuring critical infrastructure resilience
  • Critical evaluation of the existing approaches for implementation of resilience concepts
  • Selection of an approach for implementation of resilience concepts to critical infrastructure

Work package 3

Technological resilience concepts

  • Develop a mapping methodology which links hazard maps with a probabilistic hazard assessment methodology to identify regions of high risk in a risk evaluation based methodology for implementation of resilience concepts
  • Carry out physical modelling to allow the evaluation of physical resilience concepts
  • Support the testing of methodologies for implementation of resilience concepts by evaluating the impact of physical resilience concepts on the course of events and the potential for cascading effects
  • Identify existing, and where necessary construct, fragility curves of infrastructure system-of systems or components of critical infrastructure in order to evaluate the potential impact of a natural hazard or man-made threat

Work package 4

Organisational and community resilience concepts

  • Determine the minimum required or expected functionality from critical infrastructure in the event of a crisis
  • Promote shared responsibility in the event of a crisis by studying the ability or capacity for society to "pull together" in the event of a crisis to reduce down time or to adapt to potential interruption of services
  • Study the effect that the provision of resources and technical ability may have on the progression of an incident and the downtime
  • Apply the different organisational and societal resilience concepts in support of the evaluation and demonstration of the various methodologies

Work package 5

Development of approach for implementation of resilience concepts

  • Develop a new resilience planning methodology for application of resilience concepts to critical infrastructure
  • Link the proposed methodology with the EU’s risk assessment guidelines
  • Carry out an evaluation of the proposed methodology while it is being developed
  • Implement the methodology in a web based platform for operator use and feedback outside of the project

Work package 6

Pilot Implementation

  • Carry out a pilot implementation of the methodology for implementation of resilience concepts on two of the living labs. The implementations will provide sufficient validation of all aspects of the methodology, including the risk assessment and mapping phases for :
    1. Assessing potentially hazardous on-set events and cascade effects
    2. Design of relevant incident response plans that manage hazardous events, tackle outcomes and stress
    3. Provide reorganization and quickly recovery to a less sensitive system than before the event
  • Input to the implementation of the methodology will comprise implementations of the resilience concepts: technological, organisational and community based

Work package 7

Dissemination and exploitation

  • Define a dissemination strategy that can maximize awareness about the objectives, status and outcomes of the IMPROVER project
  • Guarantee the dissemination of project information and results through the Internet, publications, newsletters, printed matter, etc. and organize events such as dedicated workshops
  • Transfer knowledge (e.g. by means of training material) to first responders, owners of large complex facilities and inhabitants in areas near the IMPROVER test sites on issues related to critical infrastructure
  • Develop a strategy for exploiting the IMPROVER results beyond the life of the Project

EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653390