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Accelerating Safety Solutions

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We aim to work collaboratively, but how can you collaborate without knowing what’s out there?

I recently got the opportunity to learn more about the (other) amazing initiatives going on in the world of safety and resilience at the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator Launch. The attendees were an impressive mixture of industry specialists, tech start-ups and innovation experts.

After introductions from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Lloyd’s Register and their innovation partner, Plug and Play, we launched into the ‘lightning talks’ with two tech start-ups pitching their safety products. The first was from RealWear, who design augmented reality, wearable computing for industry – think of a headset with video, audio and voice recognition, providing guidance and reliable feedback between people on site and other offices. Next was GuardKnox who provide automotive cyber security – preventing hackers from taking over your car remotely.

Once we’d wrapped our heads around these exciting new ideas, Lloyd’s Register ran their first Innovation Challenges round, laying out 3 specific challenges to improve the safety of life on board ships and floating platforms. Through Plug and Play, the Safety Accelerator will match small technology companies with safety solutions to larger corporations who are looking to adopt new ideas to keep their staff and customers safe. Interested companies who think they can address these challenges should apply for this first round by the 5th August.

For me it was exciting to be brush up against the world of tech start-ups and see some emerging themes and ideas which may become mainstream very soon. It was also a great way to stay in the loop as developments in resilience and safety speed ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator gets on and the interesting technologies it will support.

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Putting the resilience building blocks in place – every time

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In our asset management decisions, how should we routinely use the building blocks that are already in place to implement resilience thinking?  I presented at the end of Day 3 (themed on resilience) of the Institute of Asset Management’s (IAM) Annual Conference 2018 in Birmingham. It was a really forward looking event, focusing on the future of asset management. The three days over 25-27 June focused on asset management in the context of Growth, Innovation and Transformation, and Resilience.

I followed some great speakers and discussions – including Dr Mark Fletcher, Arup Fellow, who is leading Arup’s work on the City Water Resilience Framework and the Resilience Shift project on City Scale Water Governance.

As I often do, I used the ITRC diagram showing the complexity of the UK’s infrastructure system-of-systems to illustrate why we can’t consider assets or even individual sectors in isolation. Mark made this point much more memorably using a picture of a pizza!

I also put my usual pictures of bridges, energy systems etc. and was completely blown away by Monique Beedles‘ slides which drew heavily on her family history to illustrate different types of assets that boards of directors need to think about. Communication of important issues in a memorable way should never be undervalued – food for thought…

My proposition to the IAM community was that there are many of the building blocks already in place to implement resilience thinking in asset management decisions, but that this is not yet routinely done. At the end of my presentation I put some possible reasons why this is still the case, and I hope to be able to carry on the conversation to truly understand how the Resilience Shift can help asset managers to ‘shift’.

The discussion at the end of the conference was great, and gave me a lot to think about – including a plea for more help in how to implement a systems approach in practice, where most people recognise it as important in theory. We discussed that at a city scale where a city is responsible for all its assets, asset manager are in a better position to make cross sector decisions.

The IAM is about to publish its Subject Specific Guidance (SSG) on resilience and contingency planning, which I look forward to reading.

The slides that I presented are available for viewing below.

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Developing a Community

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At the Resilience Shift, we believe that our success will be as much about how we do things as about what we do. We aim to learn by doing in collaboration with others, share knowledge and foster a global community. In a recent community building workshop, we concluded that our community starts with you, and our network of collaborators and partners.

It’s clear that a strong community can:

  • Provide a sense of belonging
  • Encompass shared values or motivations
  • Include opportunities to influence
  • Integrate the individual and social aims of members

Our first community-building session in May involved our core team. In a miracle of technology, the session spanned three continents, including a late-night dial-in from Melbourne and a video entry from San Francisco – time zone challenges are inevitable when delivering a global programme.

We kicked off the session with a round of introductions, to people and projects, as a first step in encouraging learning and knowledge sharing across sectors.

What does a community look like?

We outsourced some of the hard work to our wider team to get them thinking about what a community is, by asking them three things:

1. Name 2 communities you are already part of.

2. How do you engage with these communities?

3. What do you get from it?

A selection of answers

Communities How do you engage with them? What do you get from it?
  • Clean air and landscape research hub
  • Melbourne victory FC
  • New London Architecture Next Gen group
  • Equilibri Art community
  • Friends & family
  • Sailing group
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Book club
  • Emails
  • Newsletters
  • Meetings
  • As a trustee
  • Social media
  • As a mentor
  • Providing advice
  • As a committee member
  • Informal chats
  • Work events


  • Learning about topics of interest
  • Building networks
  • Greater impact
  • New knowledge
  • Friendship
  • Understanding multidisciplinary issues
  • Professional accreditation
  • Early sight of potential opportunities
  • Feeling of connection
  • Different perspectives
  • Dose of creativity

The answers showed huge variety and built into our open discussion afterwards of what people valued from being part of a community. We have taken on board all the excellent points made and they are informing our programme’s knowledge and community strategy.

We want to make sure we add value for all of our collaborators and partners by providing you with what you need from us.It’s important to us that our work is steered by your input as we build our programme and grow our network.

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A day’s worth of value – a conference perspective

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Attending events is often fun and a great way to keep in touch with what other people are doing. After all, breaking ‘siloed’ thinking is one of the keys to success for resilience. We were delighted therefore to attend the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) conference ‘Bringing Safety to Life’, held at the IET in London in the second week of May. There were many inspiring talks on a broad range of topics and sectors, with safety and the role of the LR Foundation as the common theme across them.

The day kick started with a talk on strategy by guest speaker Adam Parr, former chief executive of the Williams Formula 1 team. In his own words, strategy is ‘the process whereby we overcome obstacles in order to achieve our goals’, and provided some examples of successful and failed strategies, together with a framework to define an effective strategy. He also had some motivating comments on good leadership, which he defined as making people leave a room happier than they were when they walked into it.

Talks from the morning session followed, including Professor John A McDermid from University of York on autonomous vehicles and their safety (and all the associated challenges). Professors Emma McCoy and Jennifer Whyte from Imperial College London talked about the role of data in making resilient and robust infrastructure – how to enhance critical ecosystems and the cyber-physical systems that support them continuously. Gijs van der Velden from MX3D showed us the process for designing and building a 3D-printed bridge for a canal in the city centre of Amsterdam, an exciting project in which Arup is participating. The morning session ended with Asher Kessler presenting on The Conversation – an interesting media outlet which publishes research, news and ideas from leading researchers. All attendees were invited to suggest ideas for new articles to be published.

Lunchtime included gorgeous views over the city from a nice sun-filled terrace, but it was also a busy time with two workshops in parallel – one organised by The Resilience Shift and another one about the role of technology accelerators, bridging the gap between the start-up and scale-up phases for tech companies. LRF’s initiative in this area was presented, with its own accelerator process putting companies in touch with industry leaders in different sectors.

The afternoon covered a range of different topics, from the importance of aviation refuelling safety to the fulfilling experience of apprenticeships at Plymouth Marine Lab. This afternoon session included an interesting panel session which featured our executive director Nancy Kete.

Professor Richard Clegg, Chief Executive of Lloyd’s Register Foundation, closed the event highlighting how much has been achieved to date for such a young organisation – only five years old- and made a final note on the importance of the impact that all grantees’ activity creates.

Overall, the event was a great opportunity to learn about LRF activities, meet old friends (some of which we’ve been collaborating with in the Resilience Shift), and make some new friends too. We’ve been delighted to be a part of it.

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Bringing Safety to Life at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation conference

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On the 9 and 10 May 2018 Lloyd’s Register foundation hosted their second international conference at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London. Richard Clegg’s opening address described the purpose of the conference as to pull together the Lloyd’s Register Foundation grants community to interact and forge collaborations. On day two, the Resilience Shift hosted a high energy workshop with that objective in mind.

Our interactive exercise used a value chain approach to explore how tools, approaches and frameworks can create opportunities to deliver resilience value for critical infrastructure, drawing on the fresh perspectives and insights of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation grants community.

We asked participants to think about the services delivered by critical infrastructure, the shocks and stresses it might be exposed to and its vulnerabilities. We then asked for suggested frameworks, tools and approaches that could be used by various actors to influence decision makers towards a more resilient outcome. Participants focused on critical infrastructure in terms of the services that they help to deliver – as opposed to the physical assets themselves.

The feedback session at the end of the exercise revealed the following ideas about how we might approach critical infrastructure from diagnosis through to service provision:

  • A ‘servicization’ approach should be used where the service provided is tested for resilience at each stage of the value chain, this means asking what the user is attempting to achieve through the critical infrastructure which may result in an alternative infrastructure solution
  • Consideration of both ‘soft path’ – behavioural change, as well as ‘hard path’ – physical infrastructure when determining infrastructure solutions
  • Considering natural systems as a key part of infrastructure, leading to greater overall resilience
  • Adopting a ‘whole systems’ approach
  • Using simulations and scenario techniques to test critical infrastructure service resilience
  • Engaging widely with institutions and governance organisations who may not be directly responsible for commissioning the physical infrastructure but who may be an indirect stakeholder
  • Actively seeking diverse solutions that maximise redundancy within the system
  • Introducing investment/financing models and incentivising green over grey infrastructure
  • Adopting ‘upstream thinking’ through novel economic measures e.g. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) which would drive consideration of the wider systems impacted by infrastructure users
  • Consideration of the internet of things (IOT) as part of maintenance and monitoring plans

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the workshop, your inputs and ideas are greatly appreciated and will be considered by the team leading our work on Ways to make resilience tangible, practical and relevant.

Register with us here to keep in touch about our latest developments and opportunities – we’d love to hear your thoughts.


Note: Defining Critical Infrastructure Services

Our research suggests that critical infrastructure is a common term used broadly by different organisations and countries, thereby reinforcing the significance of infrastructure in society. A clear majority of the critical infrastructure definitions focus on the services that are enabled by critical infrastructure, highlighting that they are considered critical based on the consequence of its failure, which would create a significant impact to human life, economic activity and/or national security. A failure in this context should be understood as a system which is prevented from continuing to perform its function – as opposed to the failure of a physical asset, which is understood as a damage or loss.

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Join us at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation conference 9-10 May

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Nancy Kete, Executive Director of the Resilience Shift will be speaking at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) conference 2018 and leading a special workshop on tools and approaches to enable critical infrastructure resilience. Join us there.

Tools and approaches to enable critical infrastructure resilience
An interactive workshop by the Resilience Shift and Arup Foresight

Take part in a high-energy, collaborative exploration and review of emerging and future tools, frameworks and approaches (TFA) that contribute to enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure.

Participants will get the opportunity to hear about, review, prioritise and add to the latest research by the Resilience Shift. The interactive exercise will map and review emerging and future tools, frameworks and approaches along two axis: maturity (Now / New / Next) and the value chain. This will allow us to identify priority areas along a timeline and their level of importance, and will reveal and fill gaps where additional innovation/ action is required.

The session will be run with two groups working in parallel to generate insight on priority areas from two perspectives and to stimulate discussion in a shared report outcome. Groups will first review and add to the pre-populated matrix, and then switch and prioritise the other group’s work according to impact and importance.

Duration: 30min
Team: Host: Nancy Kete, Facilitators: Will Goode, Felicitas zu Dohna;
Date / Time: 10th May 2018, 12:30-13:00

More about the event:
The two-day event brings together LRF grant holders, academia, industry and members of the public, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the work and impact of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The event will feature keynote speakers, presentations and early career ‘master classes’ spanning all areas of LRF grants funding, and will showcase the excellent work done by grant holders covering four strategic themes – promoting safety and public understanding, advancement of skills and education, supporting excellent scientific research and accelerating the application of research.

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Shaping the water governance of the future

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Are you interested in water governance? To kick off an exciting new project, The Resilience Shift recently hosted a workshop to frame the resilience opportunity in partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Arup Water, the City Water Resilience Framework (supported by the Rockefeller Foundation) and We Are Telescopic. Together, our aim is to support key players in the water cycle to mobilise and drive collective action to improve resilience.

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Infrastructure resilience: where do we start?

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In setting out an ambitious programme to catalyse change in terms of how resilient critical infrastructure is planned, procured, delivered and maintained in practice – how do we know where to start, and what we really need to do?

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