Professor David Nowell, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University

'The Kilmore East Bushfire'
When Feb 10, 2014
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where LR8
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Contact Phone 01865-283302
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In February 2009, a series of bushfires took place in the state of Victoria in Australia.  The Kilmore East/Kinglake fire was responsible for 120 deaths and approximately £1 billion in property damage.  The Victoria Bushfires Royal Commission concluded that the fire was started by the failure of a power distribution line close to Kilmore East.  The fire has recently become the subject of a civil case in the Supreme Court of Victoria.  The seminar will examine the technical background to the failure of the power line, but will also cover some legal aspects, including the nature of my involvement in the case during late 2013.