Argonne National Laboratory

Resilient Infrastructure

The Resilient Infrastructure
initiative increases understanding of cascading and
escalating impacts among critical infrastructure based
on comprehensive analysis of upstream, internal, and
downstream dependencies.

The Resilient Infrastructure initiative increases understanding of cascading and escalating impacts among critical infrastructure based on comprehensive analysis of upstream, internal, and downstream dependencies.

Argonne’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative focuses on delivering science and technology to enable the resilient design of future infrastructure systems, thereby reducing risk to lives and property.

On February 13, 2013, the White House released Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21 – Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Its objective is to advance “a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure.” Our society depends on the provision of reliable, secure, and efficient services by that infrastructure. However, it is rapidly aging and growing more insecure, becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters, accidents, and deliberate destructive acts. Further, the demands on our infrastructure are ever changing and thus, our infrastructure must adapt to 21st century requirements. According to PPD 21, innovation should include:

Promoting R&D to enable the secure and resilient design and construction of critical infrastructure and more secure accompanying cyber technology.

Argonne's Resilient Infrastructure Initiative:

  • Increases understanding of cascading and escalating impacts among infrastructure systems based on comprehensive analysis of dependencies and interdependencies,
  • Serves as an “integrator” and streamlined path in delivering to various stakeholders a critical combination of experimentation, computation, engineering, and analysis tools essential to building a secure, resilient, and cost effective infrastructure, and
  • Drives the development of resilient infrastructure materials and technologies through simulations and standards development to transform the design of future infrastructure systems.

Good design and advanced materials can improve transportation and energy, water, and waste systems, and also create more sustainable urban environments.” 
– National Academies 

Research and development should be funded at the federal level to develop new, more efficient methods and materials for building and maintaining the nation’s infrastructure.”
– American Society of Civil Engineers