The project aims to develop a method for assessing the likely damage to critical urban infrastructure caused by earthquakes and consequent disruption, taking into account infrastructure interdependencies. This will require both in depth earthquake engineering investigation of different infrastructure types, as well as the use of systems engineering methods. The study will focus on critical infrastructure in Central Eastern European (CEE) countries, with a number (to be determined) of case studies being chosen to apply the methodology. The final aim is to support Willis and the wider international financial industry in their strategy toward the establishment of smart financial instruments dedicated to urban critical infrastructure. The work will be in line with other projects in EPICentre, such as the EngD on volcanic ash effects on infrastructure and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) funded vulnerability project. It will also be linked to the research programmes undertaken by other members of the Willis Research Network (WRN) related to hazards, infrastructure, urban resilience and risk, particularly the research led by Kyoto University on mathematical models of multi-hazard infrastructure vulnerability.
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