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Local Infrastructure Health and Safety System


Project Description

Aim of the research is to develop Local Infrastructure Health and Safety System (LIHASS) that will consider different risks/hazards and energy/environmental footprint implications related to roads, pathways and other infrastructure of interest to local authorities, classified according to the standard classification systems (e.g. Uniclass2015).

The main research hypothesis is that LIHASS maintenance / refurbishment prioritisation system based on HHSRS and relevant standards used with the existing GIS, contributes to the optimal use of energy resources in local communities.

Initially, the project will identify different categories of risks/hazards and specify types of hazards within each category (e.g. roads: damage - potholes, missing elements - gutter covers, surface obstacles - shuttered glass, etc.). The project will further provide methodology for rating risk/hazard levels similarly to the HHSRS in order to evaluate potential health and safety risks. The rating will consider likelihood and impacts on health and safety, energy demand, as well as the following aspects in accordance with the Guide to improving the resilience of critical infrastructure and essential services (Cabinet Office, 2011): a) Loss of primary transport routes; b) Reduced staff availability; c) Impaired site access; d) Loss of power supplies; and lack of availability of alternative power supply; e) Loss of water supplies; and lack of availability of alternative water supplies; f) Closure of local businesses; g) Increased demand for health, emergency services, products and services of local authorities and stakeholder organisations; h) Supply chain disruption. Redundancy and disruption due to repair works, including service restoration time, will be taken into account, in order to evaluate the consequences of repair vs. non-repair. Subsequently, all hazards will be classified into prioritisation categories, depending on the rating score, e.g. Category 1 - hazards that should be immediately mitigated/repaired;
Category 2 - lower priority hazards.
Provisions will be made for integration of the developed LIHASS within the GIS that may be in use by the local authorities. During development of LIHASS, relevant standards will be review

Application Web Page

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/how-to-apply/. Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/


The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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