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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Technical Session. Planning for the Flood: How New England Is Creating More Resilient Electrical Infrastructure Using GIS

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AUTHORS: Kelsey Gabriel, Lee Curtis, George Andrews, Melissa Kaplan - BSC Group, Inc.

ABSTRACT: Climate change research continues to show that storms are intensifying, sea levels are rising, and areas are becoming more susceptible to flooding. As a result, National Grid is taking a proactive stance to implement flood protection measures at substations in MA and RI to allow the continuous, reliable delivery of electric service in light of future increases in flooding and storm events. In order to identify the high risk substations in MA and RI, BSC prepared various map sets including hurricane storm surge locations, sea level rise and coastal impact, limit of moderate wave action, and environmental resources. This preliminary GIS effort assisted National Grid in their planning, design, and permitting of temporary flood protection measures. BSC is now working to provide site specific inundation mapping, including sea level rise and storm surge, as National Grid begins to design permanent flood protection measures. These maps will take into account site specific criteria including topography, mean high water line, high water marks, and tides. Different scenarios, such as variations in sea level rise and hurricane categories, will be evaluated to create the resilient design solutions.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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