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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18 items

GRESB Resilience Module


Property and infrastructure companies (investors)

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GRESB Resilience Module  

The GRESB Resilience Module has been developed in response to organisations that are developing a capacity to assess, manage and adapt in the face of social and environmental shocks and stressors. It is motived by two key goals:

  1. To meet growing investor demand for information on resilience; and
  2. To increase access to information about strategies used by property and infrastructure companies to assess and manage risks from social and environmental shocks and stressors, including the impact of climate change

Evaluates how real estate and infrastructure companies and funds are preparing for potentially disruptive events and changing conditions, assessing long-term trends, and becoming more resilient over time.

The Module is an optional supplement to the GRESB Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessments.

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Property and infrastructure companies (investors)

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Type – Commercial off the shelf

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

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GRESB

HAZUR®

City strategists, city managers, resilience officers, City Stakeholders (Small-medium cities best)

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HAZUR®  

HAZUR is a piece of software designed to support the design, implementation and management of cities resilience strategy.

  1. HAZUR Basic is the online software included in the certification courses of the Resilience Academy. It includes the basic functionalities to build your own city project.
  2. HAZUR Assessment helps to summarise all city data, to analyse interdependencies in service networks, to assess impacts aftermaths and cascade effects. It also enables the identification and prioritisation of potential improvement projects, facilitates the definition of crisis management protocols and supports a strategy development process.
  3. HAZUR Manager combines the Assessment information with real-time information and enables the simulation of risk situations at city level. It also equips the cities and experts with tools for service network monitoring, risk management and city stakeholder coordination.

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City strategists, city managers, resilience officers, City Stakeholders (Small-medium cities best)

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Type – Off the shelf

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Key aims Undisputedly resilience (see methodology)

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
OPTICITS

LCLIP

Local Climate Impacts Profile


Originally designed for municipalities or local authorities

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LCLIP  

Local Climate Impacts Profile

LCLIP is a simple tool designed to help organisations to assess their exposure to the weather. It can be used as a standalone tool, or as a step in a risk-based framework such as the Adaptation Wizard.

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Originally designed for municipalities or local authorities

Phase

Type – Open source

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
UKCIP

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

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

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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Maturity

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Sector-specific? Yes

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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Type – Request Demo

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SIM-CI

OAT

Opportunity Assessment Tool

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OAT  

Opportunity Assessment Tool

In less than 15 minutes, OAT can provide a full set of key decision metrics (using data from thousands of actual E&P projects), including charts, to compare individual opportunities in a portfolio. This enables decision makers to:

  • Quickly assess the viability and marginality of upstream opportunities during bidding, exploration, or early development
  • Understand an opportunity’s true development costs
  • Ensure only the highest return opportunities receive increasingly scant capital funds

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Type – Online tool

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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

Phase

Type – Free to download trial version

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Lloyd's Register

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

XDIGlobe


Decision makers, planners and engineers

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XDIGlobe  

XDI Globe allows you to review your climate impact risks using a spatial interface, from a general area view down to an individual asset. This enables an easy overview, quickly highlighting areas at risk from each or all hazards.

Features are:

  • See high risk areas at a glance
  • Zoom in on individual assets to understand what they are and why they’re vulnerable
  • Compare the same results through Asset View or Area View
  • Identify relative impacts of each hazard
  • View different times slices
  • Interrogate individual assets for risk cost over time

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Decision makers, planners and engineers

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Sector-specific? Yes

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

Maturity

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Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SINTEF

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

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

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

Maturity

Region

Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
GFDRR

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

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Region ,

Key aims Risk and Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Deltares

GRRASP

Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform

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GRRASP  

Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform

Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform (GRRASP) is a World Wide Web oriented architecture bringing together geospatial technologies and computational tools for the analysis and simulation of critical infrastructures. It allows information sharing and constitutes a basis for future developments in the direction of collaborative analysis and federated simulation. It takes on board security concerns in the information sharing process, thanks to its ability to manage users and roles consistently. Based entirely on open source technologies, the system can also be deployed in separate servers and used by EU Member States as a means to facilitate the analysis of risk and resilience in critical infrastructures.

GRRASP can be used for the analysis of complex networked systems taking into consideration cross-sectoral and cross-border interdependencies. It can be used for analyses of CI disruptions at local, regional, national, international level. GRRASP follows a tiered approach according to which Tier 1 modules can be used for the analysis of critical infrastructures at sectoral level, Tier 2 modules for cross-sectoral analyses (interdependencies), and finally Tier 3 modules for high level economic impact of CI disruption at state level.

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Type – Download unavailable

Maturity

Region

Key aims Risk and resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
European Commission