Resilience engineering

Resilience scheme

Resilience can be defined as the ability of a system, community or society exposed to natural or man-made hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions.

A human community can be projected into a number of dimensions and system functionalities, as suggested in the PEOPLES framework (; namely:

  • Population and demographics
  • Environmental/ecosystem services
  • Organized governmental services
  • Physical infrastructure
  • Lifestyle and community competence
  • Economic development
  • Social-cultural capital

A structured resilience analysis focuses separately on the individual dimensions as appropriate, subsequently unifying the dimension-specific outputs into a community-level assessment of current and projected resilience, with reference to the natural evolution of a community and/or to specific natural or man-made threats.

Georisk Engineering S.r.l. provides consultancy services for the qualitative and/or quantitative analysis of resilience within the general conceptual approach of the PEOPLES framework. Resilience engineering services include:

  • collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative resilience indicators
  • construction and implementation of functionality and resilience models
  • resilience estimation
  • resilience-based design
  • GIS-based resilience mapping

Resilience-based analysis and design provide important decision-making support tools for Administrators and stakeholders in planning for continued functionality and adaptation to relevant threats, through the availability of comprehensive time-dependent scenarios of a community in its key projections.