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Asset Integrity Management of Critical Infrastructure
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Mamdouh M. Salama
Mamdouh M. Salama
MMS4Aim LLC, USA
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Dragan Komljenovic
Dragan Komljenovic
Hydro-Québec, Canada
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Jovica R. Riznic
Jovica R. Riznic
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Canada
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ISBN:
9780791887738
No. of Pages:
180
Publisher:
ASME
Publication date:
2024

Contemporary electrical utilities are part of critical national infrastructure and function in a complex business and operational environment. They are also complex by their internal structure, management and deployed modern technologies. As the complexity and interdependencies increase, electrical power grids face an increasing number of situations that create conditions for cascading, system-level failures caused by natural disasters, extreme weather phenomena and malicious human actions. Recent disturbances worldwide demonstrate that electrical utilities need to rethink their established approach and plan and act globally to deal with such situations, which are likely to keep recurring. New ways to cope with this new reality are needed. Combining the concepts of Asset Management (AM), Asset Integrity Management (AIM) and resilience may provide an efficient framework. To demonstrate the applicability of this approach, the current paper focuses on the evaluation, by a major North American electrical utility (Hydro-Québec), of the robustness and resilience of its transmission and distribution grids while facing a major ice storm in a large urban area. The analysis involved experts from numerous fields of expertise and collaborations with external stakeholders, such as municipality level public safety experts. The study outcomes served to increase the organizational safety awareness level in the enterprise and for the public. They also helped identify further potential improvements through optimal allocation of investment.

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