Wind projects which the Natural Hazards Inc. cluster are already involved in or have completed include:

Commonwealth RANET (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: June 2005
The Commonwealth RANET (Radio Internet) Communications-Tuvalu project is a wide-ranging communications project designed to significantly enhance communications capability between Tuvalu's meteorological offices, the international forecast centres and, most importantly its atoll communities and the end-users. Its main objective is to improve meteorological communications and early warning of natural hazards capability. The technology is leading-edge, yet cost-effective and sustainable. An automatic weather and climate station is included for Tuvalu's only secondary school at Vaitupu where students will be able learn meteorology and see first-hand the effect of weather on their communities.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
Associated consultant(s): None

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RANET Communications Niue (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: March 2005
The Niue RANET (Radio Internet) Communications project provided two Community FM radio station systems for Hakupu and Liku Villages, Niue together with a HF radio digital email system at the meteorological office. This enhanced the emergency satellite digital email system that MetService had already installed following Tropical Cyclone Heta. The project's objective was to improve the availability of emergency information to the end users in the communities. An important benefit was that the Community FM radio stations are owned and operated by the communities and can be used for any social, educational, entertainment purpose as the community wishes.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

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Reconstruction design & build of public infrastructure (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 1998
Following the war in Bougainville in the 1990ís, there was a requirement to rebuild the telecommunications network. After the war there was large-scale damage to existing exchanges. Consultel completed the reconstruction of the network and has subsequently made trips to Bougainville ensure it is in working condition. Subsequently the major effort is to train local staff to take over the maintenance and running of the system. Because of the difficulty in gaining access and moving around the island much of the design has been based on satellite equipment so can be used in emergency situations.
Lead company: Consultel Associates

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National Building Code for Nepal (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: May 1992
This project provided Nepal with: Seismic Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment Preparation and Implementation of National Building Code Development of Alternative Building Materials and Technologies.
Lead company: Beca International Consultants Ltd
Associated consultant(s): Golder Associates, Canada Silt Consultants, Nepal TAEC Consultants, Nepal

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Business Continuity Planning for state-owned electricity grid owner-operator (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 2001
Transpower is the asset owner and system operator of New Zealandís high-voltage electricity transmission grid. Its network operations are undertaken from diverse robust sites and facilities. It sought to increase the resilience of its Corporate Office based business and technical functions. Of primary concern was the organisationís lack of preparedness for unexpected loss of use of premises and extended failure of some IT systems. Other concerns included non-availability of key people and disruptions to telecommunications services. Natural hazards such as fire, severe wind/storm/cyclone, earthquake and volcanic ash-fall events are significant together with man-made security and other risks.
Lead company: Business Continuance Planning Ltd (BCPL)

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Dunedin Airport Wind Shear (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: November 2002
Wind shear in westerly conditions is a safety concern for aircraft operating in and out of Dunedin Airport. The wind shear can be transient and severe at times. MetService modelled a number of past incidents using its high resolution forecast computer model and established that the model was capable of providing a useful prediction of possible wind shear. An operational product for aircrew was designed based on the International Civil Aviation Organizationís criteria and software development was completed. The product has application at any airport in the world. MetService was awarded the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 2004/5 Award for Safety Innovation for this work.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
Associated consultant(s): None

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Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management Professional Development (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 2003
Devereux-Blum Training and Development Limited is a training provider delivering training/consultancy services in New Zealand. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Civil Defence. This company has been contracted to deliver three key courses for people which are Basic Instructional Technique, General Rescue Trainer Assessment and Urban Search and Rescue USAR Awareness Trainer. This is to ensure the level of training occurring in New Zealand is to a standard of excellence. Devereux-Blum training also delivers a wide range of training/consultancy throughout New Zealand for government, non-government and community groups.
Lead company: Devereux-Blum Training and Development

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Coordinated Incident Management Training (CIMS) (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 1997
Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS), a system designed to manage emergency incidents, coordinates the all available resources. It provides a means of coordinating the efforts of teams as they work towards the goal of stabilising an incident, protecting life, property, and the environment. CIMS can be used for all emergency incidents. CIMS aims to build a more proactive incident management response system that will increase efficiencies through better coordination of resources. It reduces the risk of overlap and potential confusion at emergencies. We have worked with organisations for 17 years streamlining the CIMS structure and providing simulations to trial the system.
Lead company: Devereux-Blum Training and Development

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Natural Hazards Courses (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 1997
The multidisciplinary skills across GNS Science and NIWA are combined to offer two-day courses covering the management and planning for a range of natural hazards. Four courses have been developed to focus on coastal, earthquake, extreme weather & flooding, and volcanic hazards. Each course educates attendees on how to prepare for and reduce the physical, economic and social impacts of the natural hazard. The courses are for anyone with an interest or role in assessing, managing or communicating the risks associated with natural hazard events, such as: planners; emergency managers; educators; engineers; utility & asset managers; and local, regional, and central government policy makers.
Lead company: Joint Venture
Associated consultant(s): GNS Science National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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Samoa Coastal Infrastructure Management Strategy (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 2000
In the first instance, Becaís aim was to identify a vision and highlight objectives, establishing policies and methods for integrated and sustainable management. A long-term vision for enhancing hazard resilience was also considered, providing a sound basis for the future use, development and protection of Samoaís land and vulnerable coastal resources. Management of land and resources in Samoa is very complex, and there is a delicate balance between the jurisdiction of central government and the autonomous rights of local villages which are protected in the national Constitution.
Lead company: Beca International Consultants Ltd

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