Infrastructure risk and resilience to natural hazards

This event will introduce approaches to reducing the vulnerability of infrastructure in both the design of resilient infrastructure and returning infrastructure assets and networks to normal service following large 'shocks' from natural hazards. 

Ticket information
This event is free for Core and Associate members.
This event costs £75 + VAT for non members.

18 September 2014, 5.00pm - 8.30pm (registration from 4.30pm).

Understanding and managing risks from natural hazards to infrastructure is a key priority for both infrastructure operators and UK Government. The construction industry and civil engineering community have a key role to play in both the design of resilient infrastructure and returning infrastructure assets and networks to normal service following major events.   

In 2010 CIRIA published C688 Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure, which brought together representatives from the energy, transport, water and ICT sectors to review approaches and identify research needs. This event will explore developments that have taken place since and explore opportunities to embed new cutting edge research and develop good practice in the management of natural hazards and minimisation of disruption to infrastructure, taking on board projected climate change impacts.

Who should attend?
Infrastructure operators, designers, contractors, regulators and academics.

This event has a value of 2.5 hours towards your CPD (As recognised by ICE, CIOB, RICS, CIBSE, IstructE).


16.30  Registration & networking

17.00  Chair's welcome & introduction
Professor John Beckford, Independent Consultant & Visiting Professor, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London

17.10  Natural hazards horizon
Tom Sutton, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office

17.20  Infrastructure operator approach to resilience
Helen Woolston, Environment and Climate Change Coordinator, Transport for London

17.40  Network systems and interdependencies: the research of the ITRC
Professor Jim Hall, University of Oxford, and Principal Researcher for the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) and member of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change

18.10  Looking to the future: adapting to climate change
John Dora, John Dora Consulting Ltd and Chair, Infrastructure Operators Adaptation Forum

18.30  Panel discussion
Tom Sutton, Cabinet Office; Helen Woolston, Transport for London; Professor Jim Hall, University of Oxford; John Dora, John Dora Consulting Ltd; Tim Chapman, Arup

19.20  Summary

19.30  Networking drinks reception

20.30  Close


13 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ

If you are unable to book online, please contact Patrick Williams on 0207 549 33080207 549 3308 or return the booking form by post or fax.

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18/09/2014 - 18/09/2014
13 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 4BQ

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