Wednesday, April 18 • 8:00am - 9:10am
Risk Assessment of Utility Systems for Natural Hazard and Disaster Events

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Utility Risk is defined in general as “the positive or negative effects of uncertainty or variability upon utility objectives.” It is the product of the analysis of likelihood and consequences. As part of developing short term operation and maintenance plans as well as broader long-term planning efforts, utilities can evaluate the risk to infrastructure and the potential for performance failure to their assets due to hazard events within their operating region(s). Geospatial technology can provide utilities with a framework and guidance for creating a risk visualization tool to support decision making necessary to develop strategic and cost effective plans to reduce or minimize service failures as result of natural hazard events, and, therefore, produce a system that exhibits long-term resilience to hazard threats. By analyzing a utilities’ existing infrastructure while also completing a review of the local characteristics for events like wildfire, ice/wind storms, or other hazard events that could produce damage within a service territory, utilities can gain perspective regarding their exposure to risk of service outages and capital losses. Simultaneous evaluation of hazard events, environmental considerations and concerns, along with other risk factors that are important to each individual utility, help contribute to a more complete and comprehensive assessment. Once analysis of the system and operating territory has been finalized, utilities can prioritize short term maintenance and spending efforts to immediately address the highest risk areas, as well as evaluate long term capital budgets to help prioritize projects to reduce their unique relative risk profile and improve system reliability. It is the intent of this presentation to describe the methodology in which geospatial technology not only helps to create a this risk assessment visualization tool, but also bridge the gap between all these processes and datasets.


Brittany Huntsberger

Brittany is a Licensed Professional Engineer that specializes in power transmission line design and works with utilities in regards to risk assessment and long term asset management planning.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:10am
Clark Room