Resilience Engineering

Providing support in the prevention, detection, response and recovery from natural and man-made hazards

resilience-engineering-rinaIn the last decade, resilience has emerged as a concept for better understanding the performance of systems, especially their behaviour during and after the occurrence of disturbances, e.g. unexpected natural hazards or technical failures. From an operational point of view, a resilient approach can be defined as the ability of a system to withstand an unexpected harmful change or a disruptive event by reducing the initial negative impacts, by adapting itself to them and by recovering from them in a timely and cost-effective way.

In order to tackle emerging technological, environmental, geopolitical, economic and cybersecurity risks and challenges, RINA is able to help Clients prevent, promptly detect, strongly respond to and cost effectively recover from disruptions, such as those caused by man-made events, global changes and natural disasters by increasing the resilience of their assets, covering all aspects with a coherent approach across various levels and phases.

Spanning from the design of technological solutions to the development of policy and user’s recommendations, moving through hazards identification, risk and vulnerability assessment, up to the definition of strategies for territorial protection, we embrace our engineering capabilities to strategically support private, public and non-governmental entities ensuring operational efficiency, business continuity as well as timely and cost-effective recover from crisis events into an asset management process.

In the area of Resilience Engineering, two main application areas have been identified as strategic, due to market evidence and company expertise: critical infrastructure resilience (e.g. energy, transport, water, health, finance, information and communication technologies) and disaster resilience (e.g. earthquakes, floods, landslides, wildfires, heavy precipitation, windstorms).

A Critical Infrastructure is an asset or system essential for the maintenance of vital societal functions. Damage to Critical Infrastructure, their destruction or disruption by natural disasters, terrorism, criminal activity or malicious behaviour, has a significant negative impact on the security and the well-being of people. Critical Infrastructure are independent and interconnected by nature therefore providing resilience engineering services means not only to secure the specific infrastructure in scope but also to understand and estimate the potential cascading effects induced by the loss of functionalities of one infrastructure on the others. In this area, RINA provides integrated services that are spanning from prevention to mitigation, following a risk management cycle, across the various phases of the lifecycle of an infrastructure (from design to emergency operations).
Disaster Resilience is the degree to which individuals, communities, public and private organizations are able to organize themselves to learn from past disasters (hazards, shocks or stresses) and reduce their risks to future ones, protecting long-term prospects for development at international, national and local levels. RINA is strengthening its capabilities to strategically prevent, promptly detect, strongly respond and effectively mitigate all hazards with a coherent approach across various levels (from on-site to remote) and phases (from prevention to recovery). This is provided in combination with bespoke services to support civil authorities in their decision-making process, as well as training activities in planning their response to crises (e.g. accidents, natural disasters and acts of terrorism).

Case study

Risk Assessment and Resilience Analysis of Critical Infrastructures for AFAD

A better localization and quantification of natural risks on the Turkish territory