Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe

Ans van Doormaal

Ans van Doormaal
Project Leader
TNO
The Netherlands

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Ir. Ans van Doormaal (1967) is a project manager and senior scientist at TNO with more than 20 years of experience in explosion effects and protection. She has a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. In 1991 she joined TNO to work in the research area of Explosion Effects and Protection. The research experience in this field is broad, ranging from numerical simulations (FEM) to experimental test programs, and from scientific projects to develop new models to practical applications in blast consultancy projects. The current focus is building protection. Ans is the blast consultant for the Dutch government, and she is coordinating large research projects, such as FP7-projects SPIRIT and ELASSTIC

Presentation: ELASSTIC contributes to the Resilience of Infrastructures

The growing world population, the ongoing urbanization, the ever increasing size, height and complexity of large scale built infrastructures lead to higher risks with respect to natural and manmade threats. In case of a real incident, the number of casualties and injured people and the amount of damage is larger, unless the resilience of the urban complexes and infrastructure is increased. Resilience (or its hyponym elasticity) is the ability to endure an incident with limited or no consequences and to recover after the incident. Therefore, the ELASSTIC-project aims at improving the security and resilience of large scale complex infrastructures in order to safeguard the infrastructure and its occupants during its entire life-cycle. The ELASSTIC-project is a research project, co-funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission. Besides the analogue with resilience, ELASSTIC is also the acronym for Enhanced Large scale Architecture with Safety and Security Technologies and special Information Capabilities. In the project, different types of stakeholders, such as architects, engineers, and scientists, work together to develop concepts and tools for including safety, security and resilience into the design of a multifunctional resilient large scale urban complex. Considering resilience at the planning and early design phase is considered the most efficient and successful approach. The features and the applicability of the concepts and tools will be evaluated and demonstrated through a showcase design, the so-called ELASSTIC complex. The paper will give an overview of the project, including the ELASSTIC complex and the key features that contribute to the resilience.