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Workshop SifoLIFE project SysKa on 13 September 2021 in Bochum

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Workshop on cascading effects © Mark Fleischhauer​/​TU Dortmund
Workshop to identify impacts and cascading effects based on a damage scenario.

Since 01.07.2021, the IRPUD has been working together with the Municipal Crisis Management of the City of Bochum on a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of SifoLIFE, a competition to demonstrate innovative, networked security solutions in practice.

The joint project “SysKa - Integration of Systemic Criticality in Disaster Management Planning” intends to help the City of Bochum to improve the way it deals with chain reactions that can occur when important infrastructures fail. These so-called systemic cascade effects of critical infrastructures require an orientation of decisions and actions according to which interventions, programmes, methods and measures are assessed as particularly effective in the context of research.

On 13.09.2021, two scenarios were intensively considered in a workshop with participants from the TU Dortmund University, the City of Bochum, the Stadtwerke (public utility company), BoGeStrA (public transport) and the rescue and aid services of the City of Bochum. These scenarios were a heavy rain event in combination with flooding, as in July 2021, and an area-wide power blackout of at least 4 days. Together, the participants identified possible impacts and consequences across disciplines.

The results of the project will be incorporated into the disaster management plan and the master plan “Safety and Order” of the city of Bochum. The SysKa approach will also be integrated into the newly adopted Smart City concept, which also provides for the development of sustainable, resilient infrastructures in particular.


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