In 2014, Igor van Gemert started the Alliander innovation satellite ‘SIM-CI’ – Simulating Critical Infrastructures. During his visits to countries like Japan, Korea and the United States, he witnessed the consequences of the natural disasters such as earthquakes or major storms, and Igor was astonished at the vulnerability of societies to critical infrastructure failures. Right away Igor van Gemert started wondering how to make smart cities more resilient against all forms of crisis such as earthquakes, floods, power failures and gas explosions.
A new study area was initiated and was labelled as a ‘resilient city design’. Given the complexity of this matter, several knowledge institutions got connected to SIM-CI. Various knowledge exchange programs and work packages for universities helped to deliver the first draft of our multi-utility simulation platform.