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Vulnerability Identification Tools for Resilience Enhancements of Urban Environments

Vulnerability Identification Tools for Resilience Enhancements of Urban Environments

Objective

The vulnerability of urban environments remains an undeveloped theme. With half of the world’s population currently living in urban centres, and with this figure set to increase to two-thirds by 2050, the issue of security and citizen safety is of paramount importance and a growing concern. In view of the growing number of threats from global terrorism, natural disasters or crime, urban planning practice must incorporate appropriate security measures for vulnerability identification and resilience enhancements.
Urban planning is a process involving numerous stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams. Although the use of software tools plays a significant role in this complex process, yet, none exist that take into consideration the security (and connected safety) aspects of urban planning as a whole.
Urban planning teams need tools that fully encompass the pre-application process with developers/designers, and facilitate flexible solutions, not imposed measures. The objective of VITRUV is the development of software tools for the long and complex screening process, which is urban planning, moving across three levels from concept to plan to detail design. Based on an all hazard risk approach, the tools will enable planners
• to make well-considered systematic qualitative decisions (concept level),
• to analyse the susceptibility of urban spaces (e.g. building types, squares, public transport, and their functionalities) with respect to new threats (plan level), and
• to perform vulnerability analyses of urban spaces by computing the likely damage on individuals, buildings, traffic infrastructure (detail level).
All levels (concept, plan and detail) will contribute to enabling the development of more robust and resilient space in the field of urban (re)planning/(re)design/(re)engineering. Planners who use VITRUV’s tools will be able to deliver urban space less prone to and less affected by attacks and disasters, thus sustainably improving the security of citizens
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 760 097

Administrative Contact

Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)

Participants (11)

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Crabbe Consulting Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 188 227

PROVINCIA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 86 850

West Yorkshire Police Authority

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 71 600

SCHUSSLER-PLAN INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 355 713

DISSING+WEITLING ARKITEKTFIRMA A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 300 388

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 521 664

FUTURE ANALYTICS CONSULTING LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 316 028

Sigmund Freud Privatuniversitat Wien GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 146 274

Decisio BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 207 675

THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 400

LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 110 982

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261741

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 520 921,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 339 898

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany