Dr. Frédéric Petit

Principal Infrastructure Analyst/ Research Scientist

Argonne National Laboratory

United States

Frédéric Petit is a Research Scientist specializing in critical infrastructure interdependencies and resilience at Argonne National Laboratory. With a background in earth sciences and civil engineering, Dr. Petit has focused on risk management and business continuity since 2002.

Dr. Petit leads the development of methodologies for the assessment of preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and overall resilience capabilities of facilities, communities, and regions. He also lends his expertise to work on risk, vulnerability and threat analysis of critical infrastructure. Dr. Petit received his PhD from the École Polytechnique de Montreal in Civil Engineering, focusing on vulnerability analysis techniques for critical infrastructure and dependencies on cybernetics.

Dr. Petit is member of various program committees for conferences, such as the Symposium on Risk Management and Cyber-Informatics (RMCI) and the Society of American Military Engineers Critical Infrastructure Symposium (CIS), and has recently been appointed Regional Director for North America of the International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals (IACIPP).


Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Assessment

Critical infrastructure protection and resilience require the consideration of interdependencies that can exist among infrastructure, how these are managed, and how they affect business continuity, security, and resilience management. Furthermore assessing infrastructure protection and resilience requires consideration of many interconnected socioeconomic, ecological, climatic, and technical elements. These interconnections mean that disruption or failure of one element can lead to cascading and escalating failures in others.

Interdependencies among infrastructure systems lead to a level of complexity that masks many systemic risks. As a result, an impact to a single node or link—the proverbial “single point of failure” that is often hidden deep within these interconnected systems—can result in important economic and physical damage on a city-wide, regional, or even national or international scale. To manage all phases, types, and dimensions of interdependencies, and to address the entire resilience management spectrum, a scalable approach is needed that uses all available data and integrates currently separated capabilities.

There is no standardized methodology (or combination of methodologies) to consider dependencies and interdependencies. Depending on the scope of the project, specific approaches are developed and implemented. This presentation will provide an overview of a framework for a comprehensive and holistic interdependency assessment.