Imperial College London

Nina Jirouskova

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Postgraduate







422Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





top-down optimisation of natural disaster resilience management for container terminal operations

Supervised by:
Dr. Panagiotis Angeloudis and Dr. Arnab Majumdar

The research objective is to provide the theoretical and methodological basis to a much needed natural disaster risk/resilience management framework for container terminal operators. The approach taken is based on model-oriented systems engineering principles that allow to tackle complexity and facilitate integration of processes as well as communication of outputs. The top-down optimisation paradigm developed in this study advocates that a more robust identification of driving forces for risk management and resilience building would lead to optimised analytical processes, and to the maximisation of resillience improvement capabilities through facilitating multiple stakeholder engagement around explicitely modelled shared interests. The proposed methodological framework relies on the conceptualisation of container terminal operations as service networks, the development of value-based stakeholder analyses and the modeling of container terminal operations as a complex system of systems considering infrastructure, structures, equipments, utilities networks, labour as well as management systems.