National Lifelines Forum 2008
The 2008 National Lifelines Forum was held in Wellington October 7-8 at the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the National Crisis Management Centre and Transpower’s Wellington office. The forum was well attended by Lifeline Utilities, Lifeline Group representatives, NELC member agencies, Central Government and research institutes. Presentations covered a broad range of topics from Lifeline Group reports to tsunami hazards; from climate change to telecommunications call prioritisation. The Forum’s informal exercise focused on the potential impacts of a distant source tsunami on New Zealand with lifeline utilities holding discussions in sector groups to allow sector-by-sector reporting to the National Controller.
Key Points from the 2008 National Lifelines Forum
Download a summary document (pdf) of the key points and issues that were raised at the forum.
Presentations from the Forum
Status Report from Lifelines Groups and National Utilities
This report shows the activities of Lifeline Groups from around the country and the NELC:
Volcanic Impacts Study Group Summary and Update
Brief report from the Volcanic Impacts Study Group on their recent activities:
Moving from Regional ‘Hotspots’ to National ‘Hotspots’
Reflecting on Exercise Ruaumoko and the vulnerability of Auckland’s (and New Zealand’s) key infrastructure. Suggestions were given from Lifeline Group representatives as to which of their regional hotspots might be of national significance.
Thoughts on the Future Direction of Lifelines Engineering: Making it Relevant
Dave Brunsdon, National Engineering Lifelines Co-ordinator, reflected on the year’s developments and made some observations on the future direction of Lifelines Engineering and options for enhancing the engagement with national utilities.
Tsunami Hazard Update and Process Briefing
Jim Cousins and William Power of GNS Science gave an update on tsunami hazards and impact modelling.
Tim Clarke of MCDEM presented on MCDEM’s National Tsunami Advisory and Warning Plan.
What is an SCE?
Mark Constable of MCDEM gave a brief overview on the concept of operational Sector Coordinating Entities
Transpower: Managing Seismic Risk
Ian Burgwin, Transpower’s Grid Maintenance Manager, provided an overview of the Lifelines-related issues currently being addressed by the National Grid operator.
Our place in space: Delivering the NZ geospatial strategy - Issues and opportunities in support of Lifeline Utilities
Geoff O’Malley provided an update on the activities of the New Zealand Geospatial Office and the issues and opportunities for lifeline utilities arising from the NZ Geospatial Strategy.
Climate Change Update
Julie King and Warren Gray of MfE delivered an update on climate change impacts and adaptation for Lifeline Utilities.
Fuel Supply Vulnerability and Contingency Planning
An overview of recent work regarding petroleum issues was given by Lisa Roberts (Auckland Engineering Lifelines Group), Mark Gordon (Canterbury Engineering Lifelines Group), and Rob Daniel (West Coast Engineering Lifelines Group). An update on National CDEM Fuel Contingency Planning was be given by Mark Constable of MCDEM.
Reviewing Original Lifelines Project Reports
Lisa Roberts outlined the latest planning by the Auckland Engineering Lifelines Group to revisit their original project study and led a discussion on the issues of:
- When should the original Lifelines Project reports and studies be revisited?
- What are the triggers and how should this best be undertaken?
National Projects Updates
Mark Constable gave an overview of MCDEM’s work in the lifelines area, including: Lifeline Utility Co-ordination arrangements and the MCDEM competency framework; National Exercise Programme update; and other related work.
Regional Projects Updates
Lisa Roberts presented on the Northland Infrastructure Resilience project.
Dave Brunsdon presented on the Wellington post-earthquake electricity and gas reconnection protocols.
Telecommunications Prioritisation Congestion Control in Emergencies
Representatives from telecommunications sector outlined telephone call prioritisation control systems, and the practical management issues that are involved.