The safe and continued functioning of critical infrastructuressuch as electricity, natural gas, transportation, and wateris a social imperative. Yet the complex connections between these systems render them increasingly precarious. Furthermore, though we depend so heavily on interconnected infrastructures, we do not fully understand the risks involved in their failure.
Emery Roe and Paul R. Schulman argue that designs, policies, and laws often overlook the knowledge and experiences of those who manage these systems on the groundreliability professionals who have vital insights that would be invaluable to planning. To combat this major blind spot, the athors construct a new theoretical perspective that reveals how to make sense of complex interconnected networks and improve reliability through management, regulation, and political leadership. To illustrate their approach in action, they present a multi-year case study of one of the world's most important "infrastructure crossroads," the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Reliability and Risk advances our understanding of what it takes to ensure the dependability of the intricateand sometimes hazardoussystems on which we rely every day.
About the Author
Emery Roe is Senior Research Associate at University of California, Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management.
Paul R. Schulman is Professor of Government at Mills College and a Senior Research Associate at University of California, Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
List of Major Acronyms xix
1 The Infrastructure Society 1
2 The Interinfrastructure Challenge 13
3 High Reliability in Critical Infrastructures 31
4 A Framework for ICIS Reliability Management 61
5 A Framework for ICIS Risk Management 87
6 Óur Framework in a Comparative Analytic Perspective 108
7 The Full Cycle of Infrastructure Operations 129
8 Managing Interconnected Control Variables: A Case of Electricity and Water 142
9 Interinfrastructural Innovation and Its Control Room Impacts: A Case Study of CAISO and MRTU 157
10 Interconnected Infrastructure Systems as a Complex Policy Problem 181
11 Toward Multiple Reliability Standards for Interconnected Infrastructure Systems 196
Appendix: Research Methods 205