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WED7.2: Business continuity management
Risk of ice shed from wind turbines
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
The increasing danger of climate change results in a heightened interest in alternative energy sources. Wind turbines are relatively simple and cost efficient power, but have to be constructed in areas with favorable wind conditions. In combination with cold climate, this leads to icing of rotor blades, which again may leads to ice throw and ice shed. Altough this problem has been known since the rise of wind energy production, only few recent studies consider the current construction parameters. While the risk of ice throw from wind turbines has been eliminated in some countries by regulations, the risk of ice shed remains. Three factors contribute to the total risk of ice shed: meteorological conditions, transport lengths and probability of presence. While meteorological conditions can be evaluated quite reliably, the transport lengths of ice fragments are dependent on various factors and thus difficult to model. Using data from experiments with different kinds of samples and from interviews with wind park attendants a model for the risk of ice shed in the surroundings of a wind turbine has been developed.
Assessing direct damage and losses due to the disruption of production processes caused by natural hazards in Europe
German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
Europe has witnessed a significant increase in direct damages from natural hazards. A further damage increase is expected due to the on-going accumulation of people and economic assets in risk-prone areas and the effects of climate change, for instance, on the severity and frequency of drought events in the Mediterranean basin. In order to mitigate the impact of natural hazards an improved risk management based on reliable risk analysis is needed. Particularly, there is still much research effort needed to improve the modelling of damage due to natural hazards. In comparison with hazard modelling, simple approaches still dominate damage assessments, mainly due to limitations in available data and knowledge on damaging processes and influencing factors. Within the EU-project ConHaz, methods as well as data sources and terminology for damage assessments were compiled, systemized and analysed. Similarities and differences between the approaches concerning floods, alpine hazards, coastal hazards and droughts were identified. Approaches for significant improvements of direct tangible damage modelling with a particular focus on cross-hazard learning will be presented. Examples from different hazards and countries will be given how to improve damage data bases, the understanding of damaging processes, damage models and how to conduct improvements via validations and uncertainty analyses.
How to build a BCM Brand
Lootok, United States of America
How do you feel when promoting business continuity management (BCM) at your company? Many of us know the frustration of implementing a process like BCM that does not generate revenue and the challenges of competing with better-known initiatives and programs.
Measures of supply chain risk management
1Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Germany, Federal Republic of; 2Technical University of Darmstadt
The Chinese economy has one of the highest economic growth rates and is the second largest economy in the world. Furthermore, the Chinese automobile market has grown to one of the most important automobile markets. However, due to this huge growth of this market, automobile manufacturers are confronted with several risks in their supply chain. Some of these hazards related to the insufficient capacity of transportation networks in China have already been described in the literature. For instance, several studies describe transportation risks caused by the increasing traffic in China itself as well as the growth of global trade between China and other foreign countries. However, to the best of the author’s knowledge the published papers do not describe risks from the perspective of an individual manufacturer, whose supply chain is dependent on the performance and quality of the infrastructure on one hand and has the ability to mitigate effects through risk management measures in the practice on the other side. Therefore, a case study at a European Asian car manufacturer was carried out analyzing the supply chain risk management from the point of view of an automobile manufacturer in China.