Post-earthquake decision-making on sewer recovery and the roles of damage and repair data: a case study of Christchurch, New Zealand

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Milke MW
Liu M
Heiler D
Giovinazzi S

Decision making on the reinstatement of the Christchurch sewer system after the Canterbury (New Zealand) earthquake sequence in 2010–2011 relied strongly on damage data, in particular closed circuit television (CCTV). This paper documents that process and considers how data can influence decision making. Data are analyzed on 33,000 pipes and 13,000 repairs and renewals. The primary findings are that (1) there should be a threshold of damage per pipe set to make efficient use of CCTV; (2) for those who are estimating potential damage, care must be taken in direct use of repair data without an understanding of the actual damage modes; and (3) a strong correlation was found between the ratio of faults to repairs per pipe and the estimated peak ground velocity. Taken together, the results provide evidence of the extra benefit that damage data can provide over repair data for wastewater networks and may help guide others in the development of appropriate strategies for data collection and wastewater pipe decisions after disasters.

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Fields of Research::40 - Engineering::4005 - Civil engineering::400508 - Infrastructure engineering and asset management
Fields of Research::40 - Engineering::4005 - Civil engineering::400506 - Earthquake engineering