ESM Abstracts

A RISK ASSESSMENT OF DELIVERING CUTTING EDGE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
TO RURAL ALASKAN COMMUNITIES

BY: FREDERICK “RICK” WILLIAMS

The presentation date is set for Thursday, August 25th. The presentation time is between 10:30am and 11:00am in ULBA 132.

This body of work focuses on the Risks associated with the installation, testing and activating of telecommunications infrastructure in rural Alaska. The document is designed to expose typical risks associated with remote telecommunications endeavors and provide insight and risk minimizing measures. 

The Risks involved in constructing, testing and activating telecommunications infrastructure in any setting are numerous. Typical Risks, such as equipment failures, weather delays, and personnel issues are amplified greatly when the tasks must be carried out in a remote work environment. The Risks are amplifies even more when construction crews must contend with adverse terrain such as permanently frozen soil (permafrost) and environmentally protected wetlands often found in rural Alaska. When assessed by Alaskan Telecommunications experts, the geographical location of communities in these remote regions is summarized in just one word. (Isolation) For most projects, constructed under these conditions, isolation translates into increased Risk due to limited access. Limited access translates into increased opportunity for delays which lead to increased project cost.