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Session Overview
WED7.2: Business continuity management
Time: Wednesday, 29/Aug/2012: 6:55pm - 8:00pm

Poster Session


Risk of ice shed from wind turbines

Markus DRAPALIK, Herbert FORMAYER, Bernhard POSPICHAL, Wolfgang KROMP

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.

You are in competition to justify the value you bring to the organization. In the sea of corporate initiatives, Business Continuity Management (BCM) is just another item on a long list of things to do. You are essentially fighting for internal market share.

Would your company keep selling products that no one wanted? Would they sell unwanted or unprofitable products? The answer, of course, is no – they would not. It doesn’t make sense.

In essence, we need to think of ourselves as risk management entrepreneurs. This means treating risk management as a product to promote and sell, and not just a program. To start, “define your product” by using the company’s existing market analysis activities, finding your product’s worth, and studying what management cares about. Next, “know your buyer” by building access/purchase points, leveraging the existing infrastructure, and getting internal endorsements. Finally, “appeal to the masses” by evoking emotional response, branding products, and addressing differences.

Reframe business continuity as a product and apply these proven branding and marketing techniques to completely change the way your company approaches BCM. Leveraging persuasive communication techniques drawn from creative industries such as branding and marketing will provide you with a fresh approach for embedding BCM in the culture of your organization. Creating an internal BCM brand will help you to generate excitement among leadership and employees, and to implement your program as an initiative that people actually care about.

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.

This case study categorized the hazards in supply chain into IT-, process-, control-, supply-, demand- and environmental risks. To analyze these risks, information was gathered through interviews with managers in different departments of the automobile company. Furthermore, some measures to reduce vulnerability of the supply chain are also presented.

The objective of the case study was to develop a overview about risks and measures to reduce vulnerability in the supply chain of the car manufacturer.

The results are summarized in a prioritization matrix, presenting the significance of the individual risks, and in a cost/benefit matrix, evaluating measures to reduce hazards in the supply chain regarding their economic efficiency.