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Extreme Electromagnetics – The Triple Threat to Infrastructure

Seminar

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This seminar covers three extreme electromagnetic environments that have the potential to cause devastating damage to widely distributed infrastructure through the interaction of an intense Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Call for Papers - deadline closed.

Date and Time

14 January 2013 - 09:00-17:00

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Electromagnetics TPN.


About this event

This seminar covers three extreme electromagnetic environments that have the potential to cause devastating damage to widely distributed infrastructure through the interaction of an intense Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). 

Traditionally, EMP has been associated with nuclear weapons as a by-product of a detonation and much research was undertaken during the Cold War to understand its impact. 

This method of generating EMP remains of concern due to the extreme coverage area that can be achieved. More recently the threat of non-nuclear EMP has emerged through the development of novel high-power EM sources that can cause EMP effects on a more local scale. 

Finally, EMP generated by geo-magnetic storms is becoming an increasing concern with the increasing reliance of infrastructure on electronic control systems and the potential damage that can be caused to distribution equipment within power networks. 

Recently, the House of Commons Defence Select Committee held an enquiry into these types of EMP and this event provides an opportunity for delegates to further their understanding of this subject.

Call for abstracts

Please note that the deadline for abstracts has now closed.

Programme

This programme is subject to change.

 

09:00Registration 
09:30Welcome and IntroductionDr Anthony Wraight
09:45Keynote Address -
'The Triple Threat to Infrastructure'
Dr William Radasky, Metatech
10:30Break 
11:00Space Weather - Nature's Electromagnetic HeadProf Mike Hapgood, RAL Space
11:30Geomagnetic Disturbances on the GB Transmission NetworkDr Andrew Richards, National Grid
12:00Prediction of Extreme Geomagnetically Induced Currents in the UK high-voltage networkDr Ciarán Beggan - The British Geological Survey
12:30Lunch 
13:30A Survey of Advances in Global IEMI Source ResearchProf Edl Schamiloglu, University of Mexico
14:00Intentional EMI - Experiences from Research, Testing and Vulnerability Assessments in SwedenMats Bäckström – Saab AB and Royal Inst. of Technology (KTH)
14:30Implications of the Triple threat for Critical InfrastructuresColin Harper, QinetiQ
15:00Break 
15:30Overview of the EU STRUCTURES (Strategies for The impRovement of critical infrastrUCTUre Resilience to Electromagnetic attackS) projectDr John Dawson, University of York
16:00Understanding and Managing the Risk and Resilience of Systems to EMP eventsAndy Titley  (CMC)  and Dr James Kimmance (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
16:30Protection of Infrastructure from HEMP and IEMI disturbances through the Application of StandardsDr Richard Hoad, QinetiQ

Reasons to attend

  •  To become familiar with the ‘Triple threat’ to infrastructure (EMP generated by nuclear, non-nuclear and geo-magnetic methods).
  •  To bring together professionals in Power, Rail, Telecommunications and the Built Environment to discuss the threats to industry.
  •  The opportunity to discuss protection and recovery strategies. 

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