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A model-based engineering methodology and architecture for resilience in systems-of-systems: A case of water supply resilience to flooding

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posted on 19.03.2019 by Demetrios Joannou, Roy Kalawsky, Sara Saravi, Monica Rivas-Casado, Guangtao Fu, Fanlin Meng
There is a clear and evident requirement for a conscious effort to be made towards a resilient water system-of-systems (SoS) within the UK, in terms of both supply and flooding. The impact of flooding goes beyond the immediately obvious socio-aspects of disruption, cascading and affecting a wide range of connected systems. The issues caused by flooding need to be treated in a fashion which adopts an SoS approach to evaluate the risks associated with interconnected systems and to assess resilience against flooding from various perspectives. Changes in climate result in deviations in frequency and intensity of precipitation; variations in annual patterns make planning and management for resilience more challenging. This article presents a verified model-based system engineering methodology for decision-makers in the water sector to holistically, and systematically implement resilience within the water context, specifically focusing on effects of flooding on water supply. A novel resilience viewpoint has been created which is solely focused on the resilience aspects of architecture that is presented within this paper. Systems architecture modelling forms the basis of the methodology and includes an innovative resilience viewpoint to help evaluate current SoS resilience, and to design for future resilient states. Architecting for resilience, and subsequently simulating designs, is seen as the solution to successfully ensuring system performance does not suffer, and systems continue to function at the desired levels of operability. The case study presented within this paper demonstrates the application of the SoS resilience methodology on water supply networks in times of flooding, highlighting how such a methodology can be used for approaching resilience in the water sector from an SoS perspective. The methodology highlights where resilience improvements are necessary and also provides a process where architecture solutions can be proposed and tested.


The authors would like to thank the EPSRC for the funding on BRIM (EP/N010329/1).



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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JOANNOU, D. ... et al, 2019. A model-based engineering methodology and architecture for resilience in systems-of-systems: A case of water supply resilience to flooding. Water, 11 (3), 496.


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