Framework for assessing the influence of critical infrastructure interdependencies in post-disaster reconstruction management

Mulowayi, Erica, Coffey, Vaughan, & Trigunarsyah, Bambang (2014) Framework for assessing the influence of critical infrastructure interdependencies in post-disaster reconstruction management. In Okeil, Ahmad (Ed.) Smart, Sustainable and Healthy Cities: The First International Conference of The CIB Middle East and North Africa Research Network (CIB-MENA 2014), CIB-MENA, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, pp. 747-759.

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Due to ever increasing climate instability, the number of natural disasters affecting society and communities is expected to increase globally in the future, which will result in a growing number of casualties and damage to property and infrastructure. Such damage poses crucial challenges for recovery of interdependent critical infrastructures. Post-disaster reconstruction is a complex undertaking as it is not only closely linked to the well-being and essential functioning of society, but also requires a large financial commitment. Management of critical infrastructure during post-disaster recovery needs to be underpinned by a holistic recognition that the recovery of each individual infrastructure system (e.g. energy, water, transport and information and communication technology) can be affected by the interdependencies that exist between these different systems. A fundamental characteristic of these interdependencies is that failure of one critical infrastructure system can result in the failure of other interdependent infrastructures, leading to a cascade of failures, which can impede post-disaster recovery and delay the subsequent reconstruction process. Consequently, there is a critical need for developing a holistic strategy to assess the influence of infrastructure interdependencies, and for incorporating these interdependencies into a post-disaster recovery strategy. This paper discusses four key dimensions of interdependencies that need to be considered in a post-disaster reconstruction planning. Using key concepts and sub-concepts derived from the notion of interdependency, the paper examines how critical infrastructure interdependencies affect the recovery processes of damaged infrastructures.

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ID Code: 86935
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: critical infrastructure, infrastructure interdependency, post-disaster recovery
ISBN: 9789948225898
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2015 05:10
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 05:16

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