University of California, Los Angeles
January 31 – February 11, 2022

Join Us in Los Angeles in 2022!

On behalf of the Program Committee, you are cordially invited to participate in the San Fernando Earthquake Conference on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, to be held January 31-February 4, 2022.

The ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD), in partnership with The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is pleased to announce the San Fernando Earthquake Conference – 50 years of Lifeline Engineering (Lifelines2021-2022), focusing on “Understanding, Improving & Operationalizing Hazard Resilience for Lifeline Systems.” The February 9, 1971 San Fernando California Earthquake was a devastating yet seminal event which, for the first time, demonstrated the seismic threat to lifelines that fundamentally support our modern livelihoods. Knowledge gained from this event initiated the study of lifeline systems worldwide, including water, wastewater, electric power, gas and liquid fuels, communications, transportation, and solid waste management systems. The founding efforts of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, a predecessor unit to the current IRD, by international leaders like the late Charles Martin Duke from UCLA established lifeline systems into a mainstream discipline, now accepted as fundamental for community and regional resilience.

The 50th anniversary of the San Fernando Earthquake is an opportunity to reflect on the need to increase the resilience of our critical infrastructure systems to earthquakes and other hazards. The conference will provide a retrospective of where we are today and how we got here, and help define a global vision for where we are going to create resilient infrastructure systems within interdisciplinary and multihazard environments which support community and regional resilience. These encompass the conference goals.


Historical Perspective of Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in the U.S.

ASCE ResilianceASCE’s Infrastructure Resilience Division was established in 2014 to develop a unified approach in advancing the concepts of resiliency within lifeline and infrastructure systems. The Infrastructure Resilience Division develops resources for improving the resilience of civil infrastructure and lifeline systems to all hazards. Committee activities focus on the following technical topics:

  • Community Resilience
  • Disaster Assessments
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Civil Infrastructure and Lifeline Systems
  • Multi-Hazard Characterization
  • Risk and Resilience Measurements
  • Social and Economic Impacts

IRD Vision: Improve the resilience of civil infrastructure and lifeline systems.

IRD Mission: Serve the civil engineering profession in advancing civil infrastructure and lifeline systems for local, regional, and national resilience against all hazards.

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UCLAThe University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a world-class university renowned for extraordinary student selectivity, research excellence, community impact, and athletic prowess. Nearly one million people visit the historic campus every year for educational opportunities, cutting-edge medical care, cultural events, and athletic competitions. The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department in the Samueli School of Engineering is hosting the conference.

The conference will be held on the UCLA campus at the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center and the Ackerman Grand Ballroom.


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