Lifeline Earthquake Engineering—A New Zealand Perspective

by David C. Hopkins, KRTA Ltd Engineers, Wellington, New Zealand,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering

Abstract: This paper outlines the application of earthquake engineering to New Zealand's lifelines, tracing the development of design practices in roading, bridging, power generation and distribution, water and gas supply and telecommunications. The recently completed Wellington Lifelines in Earthquake Project is seen as marking the start of lifeline earthquake engineering as a separate subject in New Zealand. A wide definition is proposed for LLEE which includes political and management aspects in addition to technical ones. Recommendations for the future development of LLEE in New Zealand are given, including the establishment of a LLEE Group which liaises with TCLEE in USA.

Subject Headings: Earthquake engineering | Lifeline systems | Earthquakes | Hydro power | Highway and road design | Power transmission | New Zealand | North America | United States

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