In 2014 the Alliander innovation satellite ‘SIM-CI’ – Simulating Critical Infrastructures was launched. During visits to countries like Japan, Korea and the United States, persons involved witnessed the consequences of natural disasters such as earthquakes or major storms and were astonished of the vulnerability in our society and especially critical infrastructure failures. These visits gave food for thought on 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.