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Contingency planning

Contingency planning is increasingly important to ensure a well protected and resilient infrastructure is in place. However, with growing complexities and interdependencies spread across sectors and nation states, the relationships between stakeholders is often disjointed and the ownership of risk unclear.

The national infrastructure includes those facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country and the delivery of the essential services upon which daily life in Great Britain depends.

Many regulatory and strategic frameworks now require modelling of the interconnectivity and dependencies of National Infrastructure against risk (for example, through natural hazards or terrorist threat), which should also be supported by coordinated, multi agency sharing of information.

Our geographic data can underpin the sharing of information and provide an independent spatial analysis tool. Looking at the systematic modelling and interoperability of assets, it can:

  • enable real time visualisation and sharing of information in a consistent and integrated way;
  • minimise the cost of large scale intervention and reconstruction by managing risk and identifying the right solutions whether in planning for, or responding to, an emergency;
  • provide a common understanding based on consistent information and knowledge of the interoperability, interdependency of critical assets; and
  • reduce costs and deliver cross-government or industry efficiencies.

Case studies

By deploying a bespoke geographical information system (GIS), the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF) has enabled all its members and other multi-agency responders to access and share sensitive and critical data. Ordnance Survey data has played a fundamental role in underpinning this work.

Hampshire County Council uses geographic information to identify priority routes to be salted during bad winter weather.

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