Resilience 'critical' to infra planning

Embedding resilience thinking into the planning and design of infrastructure projects is a vital part of the way in which future schemes should be approached, according to a new report commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

The Infrastructure and Digital Systems report by Arup and University College London has been published to inform the NIC's National Infrastructure Assessment.

According to the findings, there needs to be a cross-sector, collaborative approach to planning and designing infrastructure projects, which is not limited to digitally-connected infrastructure.

It suggests that the NIC is well placed to promote such cross-sector interactions and to help find and bring in the expertise to deal with issues such as vulnerabilities associated with overlaid software systems. 

As infrastructure becomes increasingly digitised, the report also suggests that more needs to be done to understand and plan for the way data is captured and used within projects and across the infrastructure sector