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Infrarisk looking for a safer Europe with the study of their infrastructure

The European continent is a geographical area that is not exposed to numerous extreme natural hazards. However, one single flood can cause a chain reaction of damage affecting the population and infrastructure. To predict the impact of these risks, in 2013, the Infrarisk project was launched.

The core objective of Infrarisk project is to develop a stress test framework to tackle the coupled impacts of natural hazards on critical infraestructura and interdependent infrastructure networks . The want also to agree on the criteria for checking the systems and support the development of safer buildings for the future.

To achieve the project works in different areas:

  • Identifying rare low-frequency natural hazard events, which have the potential to have extreme impacts on critical infrastructure.
  • Developing a stress test structurefor specific natural hazards on CI networks and a framework for linear infrastructure systems with wider extents and many nodal points (roads, highways and railroads).
  • An integrated approach to hazard assessmentconsidering the interdependencies of infrastructure networks, the correlated nature of natural hazards, cascading hazards and cascading effects, and spatial and temporal vulnerability.
  • Facilitate implementationthrough the development of GIS based and web based stress test algorithms for complex infrastructure networks.
  • Testing the framework developed through simulation of complex, case studies.
  • Exploitation strategies aimed at disseminating the ‘knowledge’and not just the results (e.g training courses to industry, academic and media parties).

In addition to consolidating a model of stress tests, Infrarisk wants to create a collaborative platform for professional risk management in which they can share data and information on the different risk scenarios.

The research work is being developed on railway infrastructure and in particular, on the Ten Network T (Transeuropean Transportation Network). The team, consists of 11 organizations from Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden and involves the work and advice of engineers, mathematicians, physicists and anthropologists. This work has been possible thanks to funding from the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and testing.

Infrarisk is coordinated with other European projects (RAIN, STREST E INTACT) that are also being developed for the protection of extreme risks and reducing cascading effect in situations of crisis, to avoid duplication of efforts and improve the quality of results.

The Infrarisk program ends with a conference to be held in Madrid next September.

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