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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NISMOD

National Infrastructure Systems MODel

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NISMOD  

National Infrastructure Systems MODel

NISMOD is the UK’s first national infrastructure system-to-systems modelling platform and database. By 2020, the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) national infrastructure portal will open to academia and industry as well as policymakers, providing access to infrastructure datasets, simulation and modelling results.

We investigate infrastructure and its interdependencies in energy, digital communications, solid waste, transport, waste water, water supply and infrastructure governance.

NISMOD-Int is a series of open-source analysis tools for the application of evidence-based decision making to developing counties. These tools will allow recipient countries to develop and assess alternative infrastructure transition strategies for meeting their future sustainable development goals.

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Sector-specific? Yes

ARGOS

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ARGOS  

ARGOS is a software system to support emergency organizations to make the best possible decisions in case of incidents involving atmospheric dispersion of hazardous CBRN-materials.

ARGOS is useful throughout the entire disaster life cycle:

  • During the Preparedness phase for planning, dimensioning and training – including evaluation of various ‘What-if’ scenarios.
  • During the Response phase by calculating prognoses about how the situation will evolve; what can be the consequences of the dispersion; what the proper emergency or evacuation zones are; etc.
  • During the Recovery phase; what the effect of applying possible countermeasures will be; etc.
  • and in the Evaluation phase, to study what could have been done better and how the situation could have evolved.

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Sector-specific? Yes

CRIDA

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis


Decision makers, planners, engineers

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CRIDA  

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

CRIDA provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA will initially launch as a publication, and support a community of practice to rapidly scale up implementation.

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Decision makers, planners, engineers

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
AGWA

FAUC®

The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity

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FAUC®  

The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity

The FAUC framework focuses on Five Capacities of an Organization:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Alert
  • Adaptive
  • Resilient
  • Creative

It helps to find weak spots and enables organizations to act effectively in complex and uncertain environments.

The FAUC® is delivered through two products: FAUC® PLAY and FAUC® Assessment. The approach of the FAUC©PLAY is interactive. The FAUC©PLAY uses structured dialogue, playing and the wisdom of people involved. The FAUC© assessment uses both quantitative and qualitative information and the wisdom of people involved.

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GLOCOMNET

CDIA Project Screening

CDIA Project Screening Tool


Financiers and project developers of medium-sized cities in Asia and the Pacific

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CDIA Project Screening  

CDIA Project Screening Tool

This tool aims to help cities identify and profile investments, particularly those prioritized in climate resilience strategies, to enhance opportunities for downstream finance.

CDIA focuses on developing investments in urban infrastructure and service between city-level urban strategies and implementing specific infrastructure projects with domestic, international, public, or private financing.

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Financiers and project developers of medium-sized cities in Asia and the Pacific

Phase

Type – The CDIA Project Screening Tools are free to download through www.caid.asia website but require creation of account

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

City Resilience Actions Inventory and Stakeholder Perception Review



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

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City Resilience Actions Inventory and Stakeholder Perception Review  

This review aims to document and analyse existing plans, policies and projects in the city. Establish a baseline of where the city is taking action across the 12 drivers of resilience and identify efforts the City Resilience Strategy can further develop and/or advance.

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

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Type – Free to download

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Climate Lens


Canada's Infrastructure owners/ project planners (Infrastructure seeking federal fundings)

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Climate Lens  

The Climate Lens is a horizontal requirement applicable to Infrastructure Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) and Smart Cities Challenge. It has two components the GHG mitigation assessment, which will measure the anticipated GHG emissions impact of an infrastructure project, and the climate change resilience assessment, which will employ a risk management approach to anticipate, prevent, withstand, respond to, and recover from a climate change related disruption or impact.

As part of the Investing in Canada plan, applicants seeking federal funding for new major public infrastructure projects will now be asked to undertake an assessment of how their projects will contribute to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate change risks in the location, design, and planned operation of projects.

The Climate Lens will help infrastructure owners design better projects by assessing their opportunities to reduce carbon pollution and identify when they should be adapting project design to better withstand impacts of climate change (e.g. severe weather, floods, sea-level rise, etc.). A General Guidance document has been prepared to explain the required approach, define the scope of the assessment, and identify the specific information that must be submitted to Infrastructure Canada.

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Canada's Infrastructure owners/ project planners (Infrastructure seeking federal fundings)

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Type – Available on website

Maturity

Region

Key aims Sustainability

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

OurWater

OurWater

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OurWater  

OurWater

OurWater helps users visualize the processes, stakeholders and infrastructure networks that make up their city’s water system.

OurWater has been developed to address the growing need for tools that can help cities share information between different stakeholders and visualize complex interactions. This goal of understanding the city’s water landscape is one critical element of moving towards the goal of building cities’ capacity to endure, adapt and transform in the face of water challenges.

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EARTH EX




Government, Civil society, Residents, and the private sector

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EARTH EX  

EARTH EX simulates global-scale disruption, with long duration power outages and cascading failures of all other infrastructures. It offers executive and senior level operational decision makers the opportunity to review critical decision-making policies, processes, roles and responsibilities – essential to the success of all other response and recovery operations.

The exercise is designed for self-evaluation, with distributed play conducted using electronic tools, and local facilitation for feedback and execution.

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Government, Civil society, Residents, and the private sector

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Type – Purchase required

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Key aims Risk & Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Envision




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

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Envision  

Envision is a groundbreaking resource for professionals involved in planning, designing, building, maintaining civil infrastructure. As a rating system for sustainable infrastructure, Envision is supported by a wide array of respected organisations involved in infrastructure design, construction, and operation.

Envision provides guidance on sustainable best practices at no cost to users, and serves not only as a planning and design tool, but also as means of evaluating infrastructure project once complete.

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

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Type – Open Source - but certification cerification validation costs

Maturity

Region

Key aims Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin Platform

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Equitable Origin  

Equitable Origin Platform

Tool 1: EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development

The EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development provides a framework for implementing and verifying enhanced environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, greater transparency, more accountability, and better outcomes for local stakeholders in energy development projects. The EO100™ Standard represents leading industry practices and references international standards for evaluating site-level ESG performance of energy and energy infrastructure projects.

The EO100™ Standard encompasses the following Principles:

  • Corporate Governance, Transparency & Ethics
  • Human Rights, Social Impact & Community Development
  • Indigenous People’s Rights
  • Fair Labor & Working Conditions
  • Climate Change, Biodiversity & Environment

Tool 2: Equitable Origin Platform

The Equitable Origin (EO) Platform is a one-stop resource that provides energy companies, utilities, investors, and corporate power purchasers with essential tools to effectively implement and track due diligence and compliance within their operations, supply chains, and investment portfolios. The EO100™ Performance Assessment provides a quick, easy, and efficient way to measure the performance of energy and energy infrastructure projects and suppliers of energy against a comprehensive and customizable range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators.

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Type – Open source

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Key aims Risk&Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

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Equitable Origin

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

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

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Region

Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

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ThinkHazard!



Development professionals, planners, anyone. It should not replace more robust data though

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ThinkHazard!  

GFDRR, a unit within the World Bank, has developed a web-based tool ThinkHazard! to enable non-specialists (decision makers, planners and government staff) to consider the impacts of disaster on new developments of project.
Users can quickly assess the level of river flood, earthquake, drought, cyclone, coastal flood, tsunami, volcano, and landslide hazard within their project area to assist with project planning and design. Users are only required to enter their project location – national, provincial or district name. The results interface shows a user whether they require high, medium or low awareness of each hazard when planning their project.

The interface provides links to additional resources such as country risk assessments, best practice guidance, and additional websites. ThinkHazard! also highlights how each hazard may change in the future as a result of climate change.
The tool is a web-based open source mapping platform allowing other developers to improve or alter the platform.
This tool is available in English, French, and Spanish. Data is available for all countries, but the information is most relevant for less developed countries as GIS datasets are more advanced in more developed countries.

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Development professionals, planners, anyone. It should not replace more robust data though

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Type – Open Source

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Region

Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
GFDRR

TORC

Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities

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TORC  

Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities

The Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities (TORC) approach addresses three distinct training arenas; operational training addresses the exploration of the necessary margin of maneuver in the “compliance vs resilience” space, managerial training addresses the assessment of a reasonable and accountable space of maneuver, while integrated training addresses the active reconciliation of margin and space of maneuver. This facilitates a continual process of updating of rules based on the enhanced knowledge about the professional competence and craftsmanship in the organization at hand.

The TORC approach is designed to be applicable in different contexts; in a normal operation context where pre-existing rules and procedures form the expectations of compliance, in an emergency context in which emergency plans form the presumptions of compliance, and in a “managing the unexpected” context in which the applicable set of rules and procedures must be collected and formed instantly and situation-dependently.

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SINTEF

City Scan

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City Scan  

Rapid urbanization is transforming the planet and the way we live. For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and 90 percent of this urban expansion is taking place in developing countries. Urbanization, if managed well, can help reduce poverty and increase prosperity, as cities can accelerate growth, attract investment, spur innovation and enhance productivity. Poorly managed urbanization, however, can exacerbate existing challenges – including insecure livelihoods, inadequate provision of infrastructure and services, poor urban and systems planning, inadequate oversight of land use and building standards – and leave cities more vulnerable to natural hazards.

In this context, the World Bank Group’s (WBG) City Resilience Program (CRP) is an effort to engage city governments in a long-term partnership to identify areas of need and opportunity and to define a robust response towards building resilience. A broad coalition of experts and working groups accompanies each city-level engagement from program design to implementation to ensure an integrated, risk-informed and spatially driven approach.

The CRP has developed an assessment tool and framework that provides a rapid assessment of the critical development challenges that cities face using publicly available data. The City Scan aims to serve as a conversation starter between the World Bank task team and client city to assess cities’ investment priorities and financing needs in six broad areas, namely: (i) population trends, (ii) city competitiveness and economic growth, (iii) access to infrastructure and public services, (iv) urban transport and mobility, (v) climate mitigation, and (vi) municipal finance and institutions. Each of these areas is informed by various sources of global flood risk information to integrate the needs and challenges of both the built and natural environments.

In addition, other supplementary information (i.e., pedestrian and public transport accessibility, building footprints, and historic and near-real time flood monitoring, among others), in collaboration with different spatial data and remote sensing service providers, are considered in this assessment to tailor fit the City Scan to cities’ specific investment needs. The City Scan is currently being piloted in 14 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is anticipated to be scaled up to other regions in the next phase of engagement.

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

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World Bank

CAESAR

Cascading Effect Simulation in Urban Areas to Access and Increase Resilience

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CAESAR  

Cascading Effect Simulation in Urban Areas to Access and Increase Resilience

The Tool CAESAR (Cascading Effect Simulation in urban Areas to assess and increase Resilience) addresses the need to better understand the cascading effects of major disasters in connected and interdependent urban infrastructure systems. CAESAR has the capacity to identify the most vulnerable components within individual infrastructure grids and it allows to assess potential damages within the grid as well as within coupled grids. In addition, the tool is capable to simulate mitigation strategies and their effectiveness beyond single grid boundaries. Required input parameters can be adjusted to the level of the available information enabling analyses on varying levels of detail. The tool can be applied to vital infrastructure grids such as energy, transport and telecommunication.

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Type – Commercial off shelf

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Key aims Slightly towards resilience focus but only seems to really focus on interdependencies and cascading disaster not normal time performance and other system behaviours. Can be used to analyse risk in scenario analysis

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Fraunhhofer EMI

CIrcle

Ciritical Infrastrctures Relations and Consequences for Life and Environment



Policy makers, infrastructure owners and operators

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CIrcle  

Ciritical Infrastrctures Relations and Consequences for Life and Environment

CIrcle is a tool to support the analysis of domino effects of critical infrastructure failure. It gives insight into how the effects of shocks and stresses on one type of infrastructure can lead to subequent effects on other types of critical infrastructure.
Users define the dependencies between Critical Infrastructures and CIrcle facilitates the discussion between interdependent stakeholders, building trust and stimulating future partnerships.

CIrcle’s approach:

  • Gather (open) data on critical and vulnerable infrastructure
  • Gather expert knowledge on direct impacts and dependencies
  • Combine data with expert knowledge to conduct cascading effect analyses
  • Complement risk assessments with gained insights on indirect effects
  • Increase cooperation between stakeholders

Users are governmental organizations and agencies, network operators, emergency response organizations as well as large industries who are interested in the dependencies between Critical Infrastructures.

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Policy makers, infrastructure owners and operators

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Type – Commercial off shelf

Maturity

Region ,

Key aims Risk and Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Deltares