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NZ Chapter Event: Remote monitoring and the Kaikoura earthquake recovery webinar

September 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NZST

two images showing the works to the  area following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake

Join the Railway Technical Society of Australasia and Daniel Headifen online at 12:30-1:30pm (NZST) on the 14th September, to hear about how remote monitoring and operational controls were used in the reopening of the Main North Line following the Kaikoura Earthquake and then contributed to improving its ongoing resilience. Register here.

The 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake severely damaged and put out of use the Main North Line railway and State Highway 1 in the upper areas of the South Island.  There was immense pressure to open the transport corridor as quickly as possible whilst minimising the risk from the main earthquake-generated landslides. While it became clear that the MNL railway could be opened quicker than the road, to do so in a safe manner would require the running of trains under a different operational framework than prior to the earthquake. This presentation details the operational controls used with particularly attention paid to how remote monitoring was utilised as well as  weather monitoring and Trigger Action Response Plans.

Daniel is a Programme Director for KiwiRail’s Capital Project’s team. Following the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake he was seconded from KiwiRail into the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance. For the first year he was part of the NCTIR alliance management team responsible for rail design aspects of the recovery and coordination between KiwiRail and NCTIR. Subsequently he was the rail Asset Owner representative within NCTIR.

Click here register on the Engineering New Zealand website.


September 14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NZST
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RTSA New Zealand Chapter
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