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University of Canterbury new course 2018: Infrastructure systems - Criticality and Lifelines


The University of Canterbury has released a new Masters course Infrastructure Systems - Criticality and Lifelines, to be delivered later this year. Please find the course outline attached.

  1. Practitioner Symposium

Please put Tuesday 28th August in your calendars. I’ve taken the liberty of drawing up a programme for our “Practitioner Symposium” day, and notionally put your name in there, for some of you I’ve suggest a topic. However the actual content I will leave to you.

A few things:

  • I’ve scheduled 30 minutes each, it’s up to you how much seminar/discussion balance you want, but I suggest 25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions/discussion. We’ll need to be a bit flexible. We can change the order if necessary.
  • You are welcome to attend the whole day, and I hope you do. Breaks and lunch will be catered. It would be great if as many as possible could attend the 4-5 p.m. session on “Synthesis, unifying themes, lessons learned”.
  • We’ll also take you out to dinner!
  • As you start to pull together a presentation, please also compile a list of required/recommend readings for your topic.
  • Those of you flying/driving to Christchurch, I can arrange flights and accommodation as needed. Please let me know.

The proposed programme:

Tuesday 28th August

0900-0905 Welcome and housekeeping
0905-0935 Roger Fairclough - International and NZ perspectives, Treasury
0935-1005 Mark Gordon - Canterbury Lifelines
1005-1035 James Thompson - Canterbury CDEM
1035-1100 Break
1100-1130 Orion? TBD
1130-1200 Irmana Garcia Sampedro - Christchurch & Kaikōura, impacts and lessons for asset management
1200-1230 Mike Gillooly - urban resilience
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1400 Greg Preston - NZ 3 Waters initiatives
1400-1430 Rod Cameron - System for action
1430-1500 Rob Daniel - West Coast CDEM/Lifelines, Alpine Fault preparation
1500-1530 Break
1530-1600 Matthew Hughes - Lifelines research overview/co-creating knowledge
1600-1700 Synthesis, unifying themes, lessons learned
1700-1830 Drinks
1830- Dinner

  • 2.Resilience Assessment

The includes a Final Project – Infrastructure Resilience Assessment, which will be due at the end of Semester 2 (i.e. several weeks after the end of the Block Course). This will use a resilience assessment tool for a given utility’s network/components. I would like to partner each student with a mentor/contact to do this. The goal is to conduct a resilience assessment of practical use to the utility.