National Lifelines Forum 2010
Held in Wellington on September 22-23 at the Kingsgate Hotel Portland
The NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering sent a multi-disciplinary team to observe the impacts of the Magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile on 27 February, along with an associated tsunami affecting 500km of coastline. Team members John Hamilton (MCDEM), Hugh Cowan (EQC), Craig McGhie (Transpower) and Noel Evans (Opus) will provide an overview of the impacts of this earthquake and the lessons for NZ’s Lifeline Utilities.
The Natural Hazards Research Platform has recently been formed to provide a stable, long-term research environment for scientists, with an emphasis on researcher and end-user consensus on research priorities. Platform Manager Kelvin Berryman will outline how the Platform will operate, followed by a breakout session facilitated by the Theme Leaders to identify the key research questions that the lifeline sector would like to see addressed.
Dave Brunsdon will lead a discussion of the different approaches being followed by regional Lifelines Groups.
Kerry Hollingsworth from Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit will provide a background to the National Infrastructure Plan, and of the emerging issues that will be addressed in next year’s update of the plan, including the resilience of infrastructure. Tony Fenwick will outline the National Engineering Lifeline Committee’s view of the objectives and key ingredients of an infrastructure resilience work programme.
This breakout session will enable Lifelines Groups and others to identify potential projects that can be shared across groups. As well as increasing the extent to which Lifelines Groups work together, shared projects are encouraged under EQC’s new financial support arrangements
A presentation by Ian Burgwin of Transpower on their major initiatives currently underway across the country to upgrade the National Grid.
A presentation of case studies by Chris Massey of GeoNet (.pdf 5.4mb) on how key utilities are utilising the GeoNet landslide monitoring information. Brad Scott of GeoNet will provide an update on volcanic monitoring arrangements (.pdf 8.7mb), including aviation issues to have arisen from the recent Iceland volcanic eruption.
David Coetzee and Mark Constable of MCDEM will give an overview of the new Emergency Management Information System, and how E-Sponder will assist the Lifeline Utility Co-ordination process.
Jo Guard from MCDEM will give a briefing on the Lifeline Utility component of the National Exercise Tangaroa to be held on 20 October. A quick update on tsunami hazard information available in each region will also be given.
Jo Horrocks will provide an update of the key findings to date from MCDEM’s Monitoring and Evaluation programme, and how it will involve Lifeline Utilities during 2010/11.
Barry Brailey of the Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) will outline some of the changes in CCIP business and operations, and the broader national changes in cyber security and what this means for cyber incident response and co-ordination. A brief overview will be given of a national and international cyber security exercise that CCIP are about to conduct.
Waste as a Lifeline – Charlotte Brown and Erica Seville from the University of Canterbury
New Gas Critical Contingency Operator Arrangements – Steve Ilkovics, Vector Gas