Social and Economic Impact of Earthquakes in Utility Lifelines: Seismic Considerations in Lifelines Planning, Siting and Design

by J. Isenberg,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-254-8 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-254-1 (ISBN-10), 1981, Soft Cover, Pg. 250

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Document Type: Book


Lifeline earthquake engineering is explored as an attempt to mitigate seismic hazards to public utilities and transportation systems. Utilities and transportation are 50% of the property at risk during earthquakes. Lifeline planning, siting and design are considered, and public policy related to seismic safety is examined. Engineering capability is put in the context of the current political, social and economic climate. Five major areas of lifeline engineering are included: 1) Seismic hazards and public policy, 2) Micronization — an interdisciplinary approach, 3) economics and hazard mitigation, 4) state-of-the-art in lifeline earthquake engineering, and 5) decision making for lifelines. Special consideration is given to gas, electricity, water and telecommunications lifelines, with reviews of policy in California and utah. Twenty-two papers presented at an ASCE Construction Division conference are included. The conference was co-sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the California Seismic Safety Commission.

Subject Headings: Lifeline systems | Seismic design | Earthquakes | Seismic tests | Public health and safety | Economic factors | Utilities | Social factors | United States | California | Utah


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