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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The IS Rating Scheme

The IS Rating Scheme by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

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The IS Rating Scheme  

The IS Rating Scheme by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

The IS Rating Scheme (IS) is Australia and New Zealand’s only comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across planning, design, construction and operation of all phases of infrastructure programs, projects, networks and assets.

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Type – Open source

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
ISCA

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

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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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Sector-specific? Yes

AdaptInfrastructure


Decision makers, planners and engineers

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AdaptInfrastructure  

AdaptInfrastructure is the home of adaptation analysis. Here you get to drive the analysis according to different scenario settings you need. Test the effectiveness of adaptation options – from building with different materials, raising floor levels in a flood zone or increasing the design specifications in a wind zone.

Features are:

  • Specify your inputs to refine your analysis
  • Specify the time you want to apply each action, how much it will cost and which assets will be adapted
  • Trial adaptation options to reduce the risk to your assets
  • Compare the performance of adaptation pathways in terms of customers, cashflow, net present value and other KPIs
  • Combine adaptation options to develop an optimal adaptation pathway

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Decision makers, planners and engineers

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Key aims Risk and resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

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

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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

UrbanSim

UrbanSim Modelling Methodology

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UrbanSim  

UrbanSim Modelling Methodology

UrbanSim leverages state-of-the-art urban simulation, 3D visualization, and shared open data to empower users to explore, gain insights into, and develop and evaluate alternative plans to improve their communities. UrbanSim is a simulation platform for supporting planning and analysis of urban development, incorporating the interactions between land use, transportation, the economy, and the environment.

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Type – Off-shelf

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Sector-specific? Yes

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UrbanSim Inc.

Surging Seas

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

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Surging Seas  

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

This app exposes information from global climate models combined with datasets on vertical land movement on a local level, and shows this with local population density information (which clearly shows the extend of coastal cities), offering opportunities for data presentation previously unavailable to a wider audience.

The extreme sea levels analysis tool includes the latest historical storm surge data for the globe, high tide events, and sea levels changes caused by lower atmospheric pressure and severe winds during storms in climate scenarios.

Aside from the SLR tool, there are other similar tools as part of the same tool developer that analyse other indicators such as climate change scenarios and baseline data generation, drought monitoring, heat index, etc.

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Type – Open Source

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Climate Central

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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QRE

Quick Risk Estimation tool

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QRE  

Quick Risk Estimation tool

The Quick Risk Estimation tool is designed for the purposes of identifying and understanding current and future risk/ stress/ shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets. The QRE tool is not a full scale risk assessment, rather a multi-stakeholder engagement process to establish a common understanding. Taking into account the actions or corrective measures already undertaken, the QRE will produce a dashboard-style risk assessment advising the risks and hazard to human and physical assets, impacts of identified main risk and associated perils on the specified location and/or particular assets.

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk (not really, it is a tool for mutli-stakeholder engagemnet process to establish a common understanding)

Sector-specific? Yes

CB-Cities

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CB-Cities  

Berkeley group is actively developing such a large-scale and high-fidelity traffic simulation model for several big cities around the world. It builds upon the concept of Agent Based Modelling (ABM), where individual citizens are represented by intelligent agents. An agent is capable of navigating in a graph representation of the city’s road network along an optimum path, while maintaining interactions with other agents and dynamically re-planning the route in response to traffic congestion or road closures. The model can accommodate millions of agents and run simulations as in real time.

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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

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

CWRA

City Water Resilience Approach




Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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CWRA  

City Water Resilience Approach

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) responds to a demand for innovative approaches and tools that help cities build water resilience at the urban scale. The CWRA was developed to help cities grow their capacity to provide high quality water resources for all residents, to protect them from water-related hazards, and to connect them through water-based transportation networks (“provide, protect, connect”).

The approach is the result of fieldwork and desk research, collaborative partnerships with subject matter experts, and direct engagement with city partners. Based on this research, the CWRA outlines a process for developing urban water resilience, and provides a suite of tools to help cities grow their capacity to survive and thrive in the face of water-related shocks and stresses. The approach details five steps to guide cities through initial stakeholder engagement and baseline assessment, through action planning, implementation and monitoring of new initiatives that build water resilience.

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Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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Sector-specific? Yes

PCVA

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

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PCVA  

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

Oxfam’s participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis (PCVA) tool is a risk analysis process designed to help staff and partner organisations engage with communities in contexts where natural disasters are significant drivers of poverty and suffering. PCVA has its roots in two proven social development methodologies. First, it stems from capacity and vulnerability analysis (CVA) methodology. This has long enabled development and humanitarian aid workers to design programmes based on a community’s capacities as well as its vulnerabilities. It recognises that vulnerable people have capacities to cope with adversity and can take steps to improve their lives, however difficult their situation may be. Second, it is rooted in the belief that enabling communities to genuinely participate in programme design, planning, and management leads to increased ownership, accountability and impact, and is the best way to bring about change. PCVA draws on a wide range of participatory learning and action (PLA) techniques and tools that are designed to channel participants’ ideas and efforts into a structured process of analysis, learning, and action planning, with the overall aim of reducing a community’s disaster risk.

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Type – Practitioner's guide available on website

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Oxfam

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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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

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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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SIM-CI

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

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Key aims Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

Adaptation Wizard

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Adaptation Wizard  

The Wizard is a 5-step process to help you assess your organisation’s vulnerability to the current climate and future climate change, identify options to address your organisation’s key climate risks, and help you develop and implement a climate change adaptation strategy.

The Wizard is also a guide to information, tools and resources to help you.

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CRAM

Community Resilience Assessment Methodology

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CRAM  

Community Resilience Assessment Methodology

A concept paper for a community resilience assessment methodology (CRAM). The goal is to assess community resilience by measuring the preparedness of different resource areas and infrastructure systems on which communities depend (e.g. communication and transportation). Built on research and stakeholder dialogues conducted to support the development of a disaster resilience framework, CRAM places a strong emphasis on the interconnection between infrastructure and social systems and complements NIST’s ongoing effort to support community resilience planning.

This is an ongoing development with plans up until FY 2019.

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Type – An approach set out by NIST (US Department of Commerce)

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Sector-specific? Yes