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Infrastructure resilience in an interdependent world

This event will consider the potential relevance, use and implications of research in delivering resilient infrastructure with ARCC, CIRIA, and three major research programme iBUILD, ICIF and ITRC. 
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This event is free to attend. This event is aimed primarily towards industry practitioners.
Places are limited and will be allocated based on achieving a balance between industry practitioners and academics working in this area.
If you are interested in attending or require further detials please contact Ruth Hynes, [email protected] or Vicky Hayman, [email protected]

2 July 2015, 9:30 - 16:00 (Registration from 9.00)

The importance of infrastructure in a national strategic sense and in enabling society and commerce on a daily basis is well recognised. However, its vulnerability has also been highlighted on many occasions in recent years. Infrastructure is a complex, interdependent system with a range of stakeholders including investors, operators and users. The solution to many of the challenges currently faced will depend on the development and application of new evidence and knowledge from research.
Three major stakeholder-led projects, iBUILD, ICIF and ITRC, are undertaking innovative research to deliver evidence to help shape the way the UK’s future infrastructure is planned and implemented. Between them, they represent £12m of investment by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council over 7 years. By working directly with stakeholders, these projects aim to provide outputs of relevance to practitioners at the local, regional and national scale.

iBUILD - Infrastructure Business Models, Valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery
ICIF - International Centre for Infrastructure Futures
ITRC - UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium

This event will provide the opportunity:
  • to hear about and influence three major research programme investments;
  • to consider how best to engage with research and apply the knowledge and tools being developed;
  • to ensure future research responds to industry’s challenges and needs.
Discussions will focus on the relevance, potential use and implications of evidence from research in delivering resilient infrastructure and the services it provides. In particular, participants will be able to share perspectives and explore emerging challenges and opportunities through specific sessions on:
  1. Capturing the value of resilience; how can we make the business case to invest in resilience
  2. How can we make use of data to identify and manage critical interdependencies?
  3. The issue of scale: interface between local, national and international scales  
  4. Value of considering a service-oriented approach to help with planning, identifying interdependencies and quantifying the risks of infrastructure failure


9.30         Welcome and introduction

9.40         Industry keynote address - Mitigating risks and capitalising on opportunities in infrastructure interdependencies
               Keith Clarke, Institution of Civil Engineers

10.00       The policy and regulatory landscape: providing context and direction
               Richard Ploszek, Infrastructure UK & Stephen Beel, UK Regulators Network

10.20       Project Summaries - Overview and achievements, industry involvement, informative case studies
               iBUILD - Professor Richard Dawson, Newcastle University
               ICIF - Professor Brian Collins, UCL
               ITRC - Professor Jim Hall, University of Oxford

11.00       Q&A Panel

11.20       Workshop introduction - Strengthening collaborative research to address current and emerging challenges for industry and researchers

11.30       Coffee break

11.50       Workshop session 1 (40 mins per workshop)   
               Topic A - Capturing the value of resilience; the business case for investment   
               Topic B - Use of data to identify and manage critical interdependencies

13.10       Lunch

14.00       Workshop Session 2 (40 mins per workshop)  
               Topic C - Issue of scale: interface between local, national and international scales   
               Topic D - Value of considering a service-oriented approach infrastructure

15.20        Future directions and opportunities for on-going engagement

15.50        Summary

16.00        Close

This course has a value of 5 hours towards your CPD. Certificates will be sent to delegates following completion.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at infrastructure owners and operators, regulators, consultants, policymakers and others with a role in enhancing infrastructure resilience at the local, regional and national scales.

Event partners
Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore LONDON SW7 2AR

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