A successful Risk Informed Decision Making Workshop was held at the College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, on Thursday 27 April. The workshop was well attended, with approximately 65 attendees and presenters. Christchurch weather, i.e. fog, forced a programme reshuffle due to presenters aircraft being unable to land. This necessitated some reshuffling on the fly but did not diminish the value of the occasion. NZSOLD was fortunate to secure Mr Stephen Rigbey from BC Hydro as the the keynote presenter. Stephen’s address ‘Dam Safety Risk: A BC Hydro perspective’ was well received and drew on similar themes to a paper he prepared for ANCOLD in 2015. Stephen is also a member of the investigative panel into the Oroville dam emergency and was able to provide a brief summary about what had occurred (the why part is still under investigation).
A further ten presentations were delivered during the day covering two broad themes ‘New Zealand and Australian Approaches to Risk informed Decision Making’ and a series of case histories. While Dam Safety was the primary theme of the workshop much of the subject material could easily be translated to any discussion about risk management. The workshop wrapped up with a panel discussion providing participants the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the points of interest raised during the day. Stephen observed that ‘we’ in New Zealand are being challenged by the same issues as he is encountering in North America.
The presentations will be available in due course on the NZSOLD website. Do take the time to have a peek and keep an eye out for the next symposium and workshop on Performance of Structures and Organisational Systems During Emergency Events. Thanks to all those who attended and made the day a success. The Management Committee is always open to receiving ideas for future workshops. If you have any great ideas for the theme of a future workshop let the Management Committee know.