Increasing need of disaster management for safe pipeline operations
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Jens Focke
Jens Focke
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Key words:Emergency Response, Digital Communication, Climate Adaption

Even in Central Europe effects of climate change are becoming noticeable and, as a result of storms and heavy rain events, flooding and high water events are occurring more and more frequently. Therefore pipeline operation becomes more difficult. If, as a result of these events, stability of underground pipelines are impaired, risk provisioning is essential. There may also be restrictions if stations and locations are inaccessible due to fallen trees and flooded roads. In addition to technical equipment, the communication in case of alarm is becoming increasingly important. In Germany, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) transmits all incoming warning messages from local agencies and weather-forecasts to make them available to the public. Digital warning apps are available to get notice of all local warnings. But pipeline operators and other critical infrastructure operators with spatially extensive trenches also need to know what events are happening all over his routes and networks, even for remote areas.

Like operational information, these events need to be known at the control center. The German Federal Construction Enqurie Portal (BIL) knows the pipeline operators' areas of interest relevant to receive construction requests and uses this data for a spatial responsibility check. It is easy to image that based on this communication path, the operator's control center may also receives all disaster warnings centrally and can respond at short notice.

The so-called event-oriented safety management enables a forecast to be made for threatening events of all kinds and provides the operators with on-line and digitally standardised information.

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