Natalia Uran

Principal Bridge Asset Engineer, WSP

Natalia is a Principal Bridge Asset Engineer with a Bachelor (Hons) in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Structural Engineering (Distinction). Natalia has over 15 years’ work experience in the UK and New Zealand. Natalia’s work experience has primarily been concentrated in bridge asset management, bridge inspections, strengthening designs and live load bridge assessments for a wide range of clients including Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Local Authorities. Natalia currently leads the Bridge and Civil Structures team for the WSP Napier office.

My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday 13 March 2024


Keynote 3: Extreme Weather Events and the New Normal – the New Zealand Experience from Cyclone Gabrielle

10:05 - 10:35
  • On 12 February 2023, Cyclone Gabrielle reached New Zealand and over the following two days caused widespread damage especially on the East Coast of the North Island.
  • Heavy rain and winds caused major flooding, land slips, damaged homes, over 10,000 displaced and some NZ$2B in damage.
  • This presentation will focus on the damage to both the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and Local Authorities bridge network, highlighting the scale of the damage, the response in the days/weeks that followed, an overview of risk and resilience, and the efforts to reconnect communities.