Leader: Liam Wotherspoon
Deputy Leader: Charlotte Brown


The resilience of lifeline networks (electric power, transportation, telecommunications (ICT), potable water, stormwater/wastewater, and liquefied/gas fuels) and other distributed infrastructure (flood control networks) play a critical role in the ability of society to rapidly recover after a major disaster. The research in this project will be directed toward developing tools to assess the performance of spatially-distributed infrastructure networks subject to extreme natural hazards.

This research is funded under the both the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge (http://resiliencechallenge.nz/) through the Built programme and QuakeCoRE (www.quakecore.nz) through IP3: A resilient Aotearoa NZ transport system. Therefore, this research has a focus on a range of extreme natural hazards. 

Working closely with relevant stakeholders we will develop methodologies to quantify system-level performance of nationally critical infrastructure when subject to natural hazards and cascading impacts, leading to improved resilience of communities through identification of multi-hazard related vulnerabilities in infrastructure critical for NZ society. Critical infrastructure asset owners do not currently have methods to fully quantify resilience of key components and trickle-down impacts of their disruption due to natural hazards. Nor are there consistent methods to measure and monitor infrastructure resilience within or across infrastructure types, organisations, or investment criteria to assess the merits of different options to improve resilience. System-level resilience methodology outputs will be based on local (or component) level quantification of vulnerabilities, and mechanistic models for the interactions between the components of the network system.     INFOGRAPHIC


Our goal is to develop an improved understanding of the resilience of spatially-distributed infrastructure networks to extreme natural hazards through new methodologies and application to New Zealand-specific critical infrastructure.  In the face of New Zealand’s unique natural hazard environment, and based on engineering science evidence, this project will enable New Zealanders to anticipate critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and protect and transform the built environment to support thriving communities. The impact of this project will result from the robust quantification of infrastructure network resilience, and importantly, explicit insight into optimization of pre-disaster mitigation and post-disaster targeted repair strategies which will minimize the consequences of infrastructure network inoperability.

Current Projects

Overall research update - 2019

3 Waters Summary - link

Flood Defence Summary - link

Electricity Summary - link

Transportation Summary - link

Multi-Infrastructure Summary - link

Direct Funding

  • 23MCM - A multi-hazard scenario approach for developing network-based infrastructure criticality metrics across spatial scales (Lin - UA, Zorn - UA)
  • 23FRH - Exposure of NZ infrastructure networks to fault rupture hazards (Daglish - UC, Stahl - UC)
  • 23LMR - Development of a NZ logistics model for resilience intervention assessment (Stucki - UW, Trent - UW)
  • 22THC - Characterisation of NZ transport hub components and system exposure (Li - UA, Wotherspoon - UA)
  • 22FMC - Resilience of Fast Moving Consumer Goods networks (Wight- UC, Logan - UC)
  • 22PSR - Prepositioning strategies for post-natural hazard event response (Shariati - UW, L'Hermitte - UW)
  • 22NIR - Operational resilience of the North Island road transport network (Khadka - UA, Ranjitkar - UA)
  • 21BFM - Development of seismic fragility models for the NZ bridge stock (Bal - UA, Stephens - UA, Hogan - UA)
  • 21TFI - Infrastructure component fragility/vulnerability for tsunami wave impacts and currents (Kimpton - UA, Higuera - UA)
  • 21MIS - Multi-hazard impact and operability of flood defence network components (Essuman - UA, Wotherspoon - UA, Crawford-Flett - UC)
  • 21TER - Integrated telecommunications and electricity resilience assessments (Nair - UA)
  • 21ALV - Volcanic ash impacts to electrical distribution system components (Mace - UC, Lapthorn - UC, Wilson - UC)
  • 21SRC - Interdependent System Resilience and Adaptive Planning in a Changing Climate (Brunner - UC, Logan - UC)
  • 21ACI - Adaptation of coastal infrastructure in NZ (Whittaker - UA, Shand - UA)
  • 21GLA - Integration of geospatial and focussed liquefaction tools for regional assessments (Orense - UA)
  • 21RAM - Resilience through an Asset Management Long-term Planning Process (Hasanah - UA, Henning - UA)
  • 21UFR - Quantification of urban flooding resilience and assessment of mitigation strategies (Al Riyami - UA, Shamseldin - UA)
  • 21MHT - Multi-Hazard Assessment of Operational Impacts on the Road Transportation Network (Costello - UA, Ranjitkar - UA)
  • 21IRM - Marae infrastructure adaptations and resilience planning (Vercoe - UA, Fa'aui - UA)
  • 21DMR - Developing a framework to decolonize managed retreat in Aotearoa New Zealand (Bailey-Winiata - UW, Gallop - UW)
  • 21IIB - Integrated built environment assessment of resilience and recovery strategies (Lan - UA, Zorn - UA)
  • 20HCM - High Impact Weather infrastructure component fragility models from NZ case histories (Wotherspoon - UA)

  • 20GMS - Ground motion simulation of subduction zone earthquakes in NZ (Bradley - UC)
  • 19EDF - Embankment systems for flood detention and routing: management strategies and impacts (Wallace - UC, Crawford-Flett - UC)
  • 19SLI - Sea-Level Rise, Groundwater Dynamics and Impacts on Infrastructure Systems (Bosserelle - UC, Hughes - UC)
  • 19HWE - Power System Resilience Enhancing Techniques for Pre, During and Post-HILP events (Lakshita - UA, Nair - UA)
  • 18196 - Understanding evacuation and travel behaviour under emergency situations in Auckland, New Zealand (Thakur - UC, Ranjitkar - UA)    Journal 1

  • 17143 - Characterising long-term ground deformation impacts on Christchurch City’s buried high voltage electricity network since the start of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (Rehman - UA, Nair - UA))

  • 16SMS - Technical resilience of stormwater management systems to flooding (Valizideh - UA, Shamseldin - UA)     Conference 1     Conference 2      Journal 1
  • 16UTM - Assessing the resilience of an urban transportation network (Afzal - UA, Ranjitkar - UA, Costello - UA)     Conference 1     Conference 2
Aligned from other programmes
  • Seismic fragility models for New Zealand bridges (Lew - UA, Wotherspoon - UA, Al-Ani - OPUS)  Conference 1     Poster 1     Journal 1
  • Characterisation of failure modes for New Zealand stopbank construction (Ting - UA, Melville - UA, Shamseldin - UA, Whittaker - UA)

Completed Projects

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