Resilience Toolbox

Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. We have assessed a wide range of tools, which are listed below, mapped by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Use the filters to break down the results by sector and user type.

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RAPTA

Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework

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RAPTA  

Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework

The Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework (RAPTA) is a unique tool to build ideas of resilience, adaption and transformation into a project from the start, to ensure outcomes that are practicable, valuable and sustainable through time and change. It also aligns approaches and monitoring towards common objectives, contributing to integrated strategies, and pursuing synergies in reporting between the Rio Conventions. Use of RAPTA will assist development initiatives to generate sustained positive impacts.
The RAPTA guidelines give practical guidance on the application of RAPTA in project design. The guidelines are targeted at practitioners working with local stakeholders to devise effective development projects that build resilience to shocks, stresses, and major external change.
In addition, RAPTA offers a fresh dimension to the familiar task of project planning and development – one which allows for rapid social, physical and environmental change in an uncertain world – leading to projects which deliver better results, more durably, reliably and consistently.

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Type – Open Source

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Lloyd's Register

RASTEP

RApid Source TErm Prediction

Decision makers and Planners

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RASTEP  

RApid Source TErm Prediction

RApid Source TErm Prediction (RASTEP) is a tool for decision support to emergency response organisations in the event of an accident with potential radioactive releases. It works in the following way: The user answers questions on the ongoing event, and the underlying model uses the given answers together with advanced data modelling to predict the most likely outcome in a database of pre-calculated consequences. We think this tool has potential to be generalized to other situations with uncertain outcome in complex systems, e.g. climate change, volcanic eruptions, epidemics, market development etc.

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Decision makers and Planners

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Lloyd's Register

REDi

Resilience-based Earthquake Design Initiative


To provide building owners, architects and engineers a framework for resilience-based earthquake design, specifically related to the new development of a building. The framework is not designed for use on existing structures.

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REDi  

Resilience-based Earthquake Design Initiative

The REDi Rating System is developed by Arups Advanced Technology and Research team, it proposes a framework for owners, architects, and engineers to implement ‘resilience-based earthquake design’ to new development. It describes design and planning criteria to enable owners to resume business operations and provide liveable conditions quickly after an earthquake, according to their desired resilience objectives. It also presents a loss evaluation methodology for assessing the success of the adopted design and planning measures in meeting the resilience objectives.

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To provide building owners, architects and engineers a framework for resilience-based earthquake design, specifically related to the new development of a building. The framework is not designed for use on existing structures.

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Type – Open source

Maturity

Region

Key aims Somewhere in between? - it is a very sophisticated risk tool but is about one specific hazard and 'knowns' opposed to 'unknowns'. Yet it does look at wider underlying system capacity or wider holistic Qs or contribution and performance

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Arup

RELi

The Resilience Action List (RELi) standard



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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RELi  

The Resilience Action List (RELi) standard

The RELi 2.0 Rating System (RELi 2.0) is a holistic, resilience-based rating system that combines innovative design criteria with the latest in integrative design processes for next-generation neighborhoods, buildings, homes and infrastructure. By selectively bundling existing sustainable and regenerative guidelines with RELi’s ground-breaking credits for emergency preparedness, adaptation, and community vitality, RELi 2.0 is the most comprehensive reference guide and certification available anywhere for socially and environmentally resilient design and construction.

Since 2017, RELi has been managed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. (USGBC) which, in conjunction with Market Transformation to Sustainability, is leading the evolution of RELi 2.0 to synthesize the LEED Resilient Design pilot credits with RELi’s Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation credits. RELi 2.0 certification is based on a point system. The number of points that a project earns determines the certification level it receives.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Type – Free to download

Maturity

Region

Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
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Reliability Workbench

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Reliability Workbench  

Reliability Workbench is Isograph’’s flagship suite of reliability, safety and maintainability software. You can use Reliability Workbench to display which maintenance or design changes will improve system reliability, predict the reliability of systems and create maintenance plans accordingly. The custom built report designer allows you to create reports with any amount of detail, high level right down to component specific information. Add a whole new level of detail to your system reliability presentations. The Enterprise edition of Reliability Workbench allows collaboration between colleagues on projects. Limit access to projects and folders to appropriate users and allow managers to approve or reject changes to projects with version control.

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Type – Free to download

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Isograph

Resilence Atlas



Assets owner / managers / operators

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Resilence Atlas  

The Resilience Atlas was developed with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to identify where projects should take place and allow users to derive insights of their own based on data. The developers believed that policymakers and donors needed to know where problems were occurring to know where to make investments.

The Resilience Atlas is an interactive analytical tool for building:

  1. Understanding of the extent and severity of some of the key stressors and shocks that are affecting rural livelihoods, production systems, and ecosystems in the Sahel, Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia;
  2. Insights into the ways that different types of wealth and assets (i.e. natural capital, human capital, social capital, financial capital and manufactured capital) and combinations among these – impact resilience in particular contexts.

The tool is a web-based open source mapping platform.

To date, the tool has been used at the national level, but there are opportunities to use the data at a more localized level. Data is available for all countries. This tool is primarily used in places where capacity for remote sensing and GIS is lower. “

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Assets owner / managers / operators

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Type – Open Source

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Region

Key aims Risk/Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

RESILENS

Realising European ReSILiencE for Critical INfraStructure

Various e.g. Critical Infrastructure provider and at different spatial scales (urban, regional, national and transboundary)

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RESILENS  

Realising European ReSILiencE for Critical INfraStructure

RESILENS will develop a European Resilience Management Guideline (ERMG) to support the practical application of resilience to all CI sectors. Accompanying the ERMG will be a Resilience Management Matrix and Audit Toolkit (ReMMAT) which will enable CI systems (encompassing assets and organisations) to have their level of resilience quantitatively and qualitatively indexed.

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Various e.g. Critical Infrastructure provider and at different spatial scales (urban, regional, national and transboundary)

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Type – Open source; requires creation of account

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Resilience Garage



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Resilience Garage  

The Resilience Garage assembles a group of 20-25 experts from across sectors and disciplines with the aim to peer review and to identify opportunities to better understand or solve challenging problems. This is done through either specific resilient projects (projects that have multiple benefits and address multiple issues) or by developing key focus areas for further consideration. It is practical – aiming for concrete recommendations – as well as fundamental – rigorously applying a rich resilience toolset. It applies the learning and tools developed following a two-year collaboration that explored how to make resilience more actionable.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Type – Open source

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Resilience.io

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Resilience.io  

Resilience.io is designed as a computer-based platform that provides an integrated systems view of a city-region. It will be an analysis and decision-support tool for collaboration and resilience decision-making. The resilience.io platform combines computer representations of resource flows, human and business activities and infrastructure systems. The platform contains a growing library of process models of typical human, industrial and ecological systems, the relevant ones of which are used in a local instance to create a tailored integrated systems model for a city-region.

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Type – Open source/Online software

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Sector-specific? Yes

RiskSpectrum®

Decision makers, planners, government officials, and communities

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RiskSpectrum®  

RiskSpectrum® is the product family name of one of the most advanced risk and reliability analysis software in the world.

It includes tools for fault tree and event tree modelling and analysis, documentation, risk monitoring, human reliability assessment, and failure mode and effect analysis.

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Decision makers, planners, government officials, and communities

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Type – Free to download trial version

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Lloyd's Register

RVR

Resilience Value Realization



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

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RVR  

Resilience Value Realization

The Resilience Value Realization (RVR) methodology was developed by ValueLabs through funding from The Rockefeller Foundation to be used by city governments with project owners identified.

RVR is a customized approach to project planning, pre-development, and development that was designed to identify, catalyze and protect the delivery of resilience value to public and private stakeholders in a project. The RVR approach comprises working with project teams and resilience champions to be very specific about how the opportunity can create resilience and to address, as an integral part of project development, any challenges impacting the delivery of resilience value. The workshop is structured to start with understanding where things are today, then asks participants to develop an opportunity statement around where they want to be in the future, which leads to development of a roadmap for realizing that opportunity.

The tool is flexible and has also been used to identify and empower a project owner.
This tool is delivered as a workshop, but requires pre-work including interviews, data gathering, and data representation (drawings, maps, figures, etc.). This tool can be used in all geographic regions.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

Type – An approach set out in a book

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Marcela Ruibal

SAVi

Sustainable Asset Valuation



Decision makers (e.g. financiers, public authorities)

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SAVi  

Sustainable Asset Valuation

Policy makers, infrastructure planners and investors all ask about the value-added of sustainable infrastructure.

  • Are such assets more expensive to plan and build and finance?
  • Do they bring better value for money?
  • What are the risks associated with greener designs and cleaner technologies?

We are also waking up to reality of climate change and range of other environmental, social and economic risks. Insurance firm Swiss Re, estimates that in 2017, the economic losses from natural disasters was US$ 306 billion. This is almost the double of the losses in 2016, which was US$ 188 billion and also much higher than the 10-year-average of $190 billion.

Such risks and externalities are typically ignored in infrastructure finance analyses. The MAVA Foundation and IISD built SAVi to address such inconsistencies. We built SAVi to make the investment case for sustainable infrastructure.

Using SAVi

SAVi incorporates 3 fundamental features:

Valuation: SAVi values in financial terms, the material risks and co-benefits of infrastructure projects. We work with governments and investors to identify the risks material to their projects and design appropriate simulation scenarios.

Simulation: SAVi is unique in that it combines the results of systems thinking and system dynamics simulation with project finance modelling. We work with governments and investors to identify the material risks of each infrastructure project. We also identify co-benefits that contribute towards realising the UN sustainable development goals. We then determine the simulation scenarios.

Bespoke: The application of SAVi is bespoke. We customise SAVi to each individual infrastructure project. Such an approach is required as each project is characteristic of distinctive opportunities and risks.

SAVi can hence answered questions such as:

  • Do sustainable infrastructure assets bring better financial returns than business-as-usual counterparts?
  • What additional capital is required to make this asset more resilient to changing climates?
  • In a given pipeline or portfolio, which asset make the higher contributions toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The SAVi website is under construction.

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Decision makers (e.g. financiers, public authorities)

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Type – Purchase required

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Region

Key aims Risk&Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

SimCenter

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center

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SimCenter  

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center

The Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter) provides next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials to the natural hazards engineering research community with the goal of advancing the nation’s capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities. In addition, the Center will enable leaders to make more informed decisions about the need for and effectiveness of potential mitigation strategies.

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Simulating Critical Infrastructures

Infrastructure operators

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Simulating Critical Infrastructures  

This simulation software allows you to calculate the cascade effects using various impact indicators, from number of people affected to projected costs. A variety of techniques are used to visualize the scenarios, including standard reports, 2D and 3D interfaces and full-blown virtual reality representations. To create the future you want, this tool helps you see the future you want to avoid.

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Infrastructure operators

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Type – Request Demo

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SIM-CI

SmartScan

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SmartScan  

The SuRe SmartScan contributes to action items addressing two challenges (Capital Investment Planning Poor, and/or Non Climate-Smart, Local Development Planning Poor, including Resilience) of the City Creditworthiness Self-Assessment & Action Planning Toolkit of the World Bank.

Increase your infrastructure project’s attractiveness to investors in only a few steps. The GIB SmartScan allows you to assess your projects based on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and helps to efficiently flag risks and opportunities for improvements of your project. This process helps you to identify and therefore eliminate risks and to improve the ESG aspects of the assessed project, which is increasingly a mandatory consideration for investors in their investment decisions.

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Type – Commercial off-shelf

Maturity

Region

Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes