Developing a framework for characterising cascading failures in past events to inform emergency response decisions

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Increasing interdependencies between critical infrastructures have made these systems more effective, but also more susceptible to cascading failures. In order to reduce the likelihood and consequences of cascading failures, it is essential to develop tools that support incident commander decisions so that an initial failure does not spread to other infrastructures. Here, a framework for generating knowledge from previous events that can feed in to such a tool is outlined. Design science is used to this end which provides a transparent and systematic approach. Moreover, the paper presents an analysis of existing empirical approaches focusing on identifying methodological aspects that can influence the framework. Although further work is needed, the work presented in this paper shows a promising first step to accomplish such a framework.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Infrastructure Engineering
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Reliability
Subtitle of host publicationMethodology and Applications - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, FL
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781138026810
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
EventEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014 - Wroclaw, Poland
Duration: 2014 Sep 142014 Sep 18

Publication series

NameSafety and Reliability: Methodology and Applications - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014


ConferenceEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014