Statement

The challenge – Ukraine has experienced tremendous destruction of its critical infrastructure. The extent and severity of destruction are currently largely unknown to the community outside Ukraine, and this is a challenge that prevents us from taking critical decisions for financing and supporting Ukraine’s reconstruction. During and after the war this knowledge is vital for rebuilding the country, underpinning the economy and the society, and making people feel integrated and safer.

What we do – bridgeUkraine.org is rolling sleeves to facilitate a more resilient and sustainable future for Ukraine. We will help decision makers, organisations, and governmental bodies to make informed decisions, reconnect critical assets, and cities and help businesses and the society recover quickly, by enabling rapid prioritisation and recovery based on resilience stress-testing strategies. In doing so, we will deliver frameworks to prioritise the reconstruction by indicating which assets and networks should be restored and reconstructed first to accelerate recovery. We will maximise the re-use of materials (from demolition) and minimise the impact on the already affected natural environment. We develop criteria, metrics, and indicators to maximise the benefits of investment towards Ukraine’s reconstruction.

What we look for – We are actively seeking research funding and people on the ground in Ukraine, experts from academia, engineering consultancies, charities, and non-profit organisations to deliver our vision for a better Ukraine.

How we will deliver our vision – We are academics with 20-years’ of experience in catastrophe modelling, resilience-based design of critical infrastructure, and SDG-based engineering. We are deploying our full capacity and methods to deliver assessments and designs for a quick recovery of Ukraine’s infrastructure. We are also contributing with our ongoing research projects to this effort. Our focus will be on bridges, road and railway networks, energy infrastructure and grids, hospitals, schools, ports, and airports. See more about our expertise and research on www.infrastructuresilience.com

Timeline – We will collect data in the short- medium- and long-term for level 1 assessments (e.g. satellite imagery) to level 2 (on-site inspections and forensic evidence) to level 3 (digital twins) to maximise the efficiency of our resilience and sustainability models and recovery strategies. We envisage attracting research funding and delivering our prioritisation and recovery frameworks as soon as possible and ideally within 6 months.