What do we mean by futureproofing infrastructure?
Why should we futureproof?
Illustration: Duncan McFarlane: Expecting the Unexpected - the key to long-term management of infrastructure lies in futureproofing.
The CSIC Futureproofing of Infrastructure project has two dimensions:
i) Information futureproofing: CSIC is developing strategies for critical information to remain available throughout the whole life cycle of infrastructure.
ii) Infrastructure futureproofing: this encompasses the ability of infrastructure to be resilient to unexpected or uncontrollable events (e.g. those associated with climate change) and also the ability to adapt to required changes in structure and/or operations of the infrastructure in the future (e.g. expansion of capacity, change in usage mode or volumes).
CSIC conducted two workshops around this theme in 2014.
The first Infrastructure Futureproofing Workshop was held at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in Cambridge on 23rd January 2014. This brought together people involved in infrastructure development, management and ownership with expertise in aspects of futureproofing.
Presentations at this first workshop:
The second Infrastructure Futureproofing Workshop was held in Cambridge on 2nd April 2014. It brought together construction engineers, asset managers, and facilities managers to discuss current practices and how futureproofing might be best used within them.
Presentations at the second workshop:
For a more detailed account of this workshop, please see the news article .
For further information, please contact Dr Tariq Masood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Infrastructure futureproofing is “the process of making provision for future developments, needs or events that impact on particular infrastructure through its current planning, design, construction or asset management processes ()”.
Information futureproofing is “the process to ensure that required information is retrievable (reusable) throughout the whole lifecycle of infrastructure assets or product service systems when needed. The key characteristics of information futureproofing may include but not limited to representability, retrievability, reusability and accessibility ()”.