The role of GIS technology in assessing critical infrastructure resiliency during emergencies in the City of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Rifaat M. Abdalla*, Salim M. Alharbi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Road networks and healthcare facilities are among the key critical infrastructure sectors in the City of Jeddah. A considerable portion of these sectors requires verification of the possibility of being at risk or being influenced by various catastrophes, for example flash floods, earthquakes or because of terrorism or operational failures. This paper presents a proposition of how the concept resiliency of these critical infrastructure sectors can be modelled and visualised using geospatial information systems (GIS). The paper will lay a foundation cornerstone in emergency management operations for the City of Jeddah. It will add to the advancement of this research domain in light of a pilot exploration venture of the state-of-the-art innovation. It will also add to providing an answer to the fundamental question of how GIS technology can be best used to provide an answer of how best to protect life and property in extreme situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Emergency Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Disaster
  • Emergency
  • Geospatial information systems
  • GIS
  • Infrastructure
  • Jeddah
  • Modelling
  • Visualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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