Wellington's Lifelines in Earthquake Project: An Outline of a Major Review

by David C. Hopkins, KRTA Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand,
John L. Lumsden, KRTA Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand,
John A. Norton, KRTA Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering


This paper outlines a project involving a major review of all lifelines including building services in the region of Wellington, New Zealand. A case study approach was used involving representatives from all service companies, as well as consultants, academics and technical specialists. Background to the project, its scope and objectives are briefly described. Five task groups worked on various aspects including definition of earthquake hazards in the region, descriptions of the services, analysis of vulnerability and identification of mitigation measures. Results of this work are outlined. Specific conclusions were reached on recommended mitigation measures and through wide involvement of service company engineers and managers in the project, further attention and implementation is expected. For presentation purposes the paper has been split into three sections.

Subject Headings: Lifeline systems | Earthquakes | Public health and safety | Water supply systems | Case studies | Consulting services | Colleges and universities | Terminology and definition | New Zealand | Oceania

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