University of California, Los Angeles
January 31 – February 4, 2022

Lifelines 2021 Conference

ASCE Resiliance

UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

COVID-19 Risk Mitigation:

Lifelines 2021-22 is being hosted on the UCLA campus. To minimize risk of transmission, members of the UCLA community (students, staff, faculty) are subject to strict vaccine, testing and masking requirements. Visitors from abroad are subject to mandatory vaccination at their point of origin, and all visitors (foreign and domestic) to the UCLA campus are subject to symptom monitoring and masking requirements. Protocols and requirements continue to evolve to promote the safety of all members of the UCLA community and updates will be available via the provided links.

400 Abstracts Accepted

Update: July 2021

Conference Dates Moved Up to February 1-3, 2022

The Lifelines 2021-2022 conference has been moved earlier by one week to avoid conflicting with the revised scheduling of the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl in Los Angeles. Due to extreme compression within the LA market from the Super Bowl and pre-game events now taking place during the same week as the originally planned conference (February 7 to 11, 2022) we have changed dates to help the attendees with their costs, accommodation options and air travel planning. The conference timetable is now:  

  • January 31, 2022: Pre-conference workshops 
  • February 1-3, 2022: Main Conference Program 
  • February 4, 2022: Post-conference workshops 

Webinar on FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254

Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12-1pm PT

Current codes and standards for buildings and lifeline systems are primarily safety-based intending to protect life and public health, with few provisions targeting post-event recovery objectives.  Most of the existing built environment does not comply with current codes and standards.  As a result, the United States is exposed to significant risk from all forms of natural hazards that can affect communities through damage that results in injury and loss of life, lifeline service interruptions, displacement of residents, closure of businesses, and other economic and socio-cultural impacts. These risks cannot be eliminated but the resilience of our communities can be significantly improved by implementation of recovery-based codes, standards, and other policies. This webinar will present recommendations for (1) design and construction practices to improve the performance of lifeline infrastructure systems and buildings, and for (2) the planning and education activities and financial resources needed to implement these design and construction practices. These recommendations are described in the recently published FEMA P-2090, NIST SP-1254 report that was mandated by the 2018 reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), P.L. 115-307. The webinar speakers served as primary authors of the report.  

San Fernando Earthquake Conference – 50 Years of Lifeline Engineering

Understanding, Improving, & Operationalizing Hazard Resilience for Lifelines

University of California, Los Angeles, California USA
January 31 – February 4, 2022

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. The 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.

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Special Guest Speakers

Masanori HamadaMasanori Hamada
Professor Emeritus — Waseda University
Chairman  — Asian Disaster Reduction Center

Presentation: Measures for Enhancement of Earthquake Resilience of Waterfront Energy Industries

JenningsPaul C. Jennings
Professor of Civil Engineering and
Applied Mechanics, Emeritus

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Presentation: 50 Years after the San Fernando Earthquake


O'RourkeT.D. O’Rourke
Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering
Cornell University

Presentation: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering –
Its Legacy and Lessons Learned

Rachel Davidson

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Delaware

Presentation: Integrating engineering risk analysis of lifelines with societal response to and implications of disruptions

Portrait of Ron Eguchi
Ronald T. Eguchi

CEO and Co-Founder, ImageCat

Portrait of Anne Kiremidjian
Anne S. Kiremidjian
The C. L. Peck, Class of 1906 Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University

Presentation: Building Lifelines into the Future

Portrait of Louise Comfort
Louise Comfort

Professor Emerita and former Director,
Center for Disaster Management,
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs,
University of Pittsburgh

Presentation: Redesigning Lifeline Systems to Cope with Climate Change:
A Sociotechnical Framework for Building Sustainable Resilient Communities Across Regions of Risk

Ron Lin
Los Angeles Times

Portrait of Lucy Jones
Dr. Lucy Jones
Founder and Chief Scientist,
Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

Craig Davis - Ret. LADWPCraig Davis
CA Davis Engineering, Retired LADWP

Conference Organizers

Collaborating Partners

ASCE Los Angeles
NHR3 logo
Resilience logo
EERI logo
Quakecore Logo: The letter Q on the left, the text QuakeCoRE, NZ Center for Earthquake Resilience Te Hiring Ru, on the right
The letters PEER in blue with vertical lines forming a diamond next to it.
JSCE logo
The word "GEER" on top of an icon of the earth, encircled by a gear icon

Supporting Organizations

Portland State University logo
Logo that says New Zealand Lifelines. There are eight diagonal lines forming half of a square.

Educational Partner

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo on the left (the words U.S. Department of Homeland Security circling an eagle with laurels and arrows) and the words letters F E M A on the right.


Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

American Logo
All in green, says "USGS science for a changing world." There is a square with three wavy lines running through it.

Gold Sponsors

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Logo

Silver Sponsors

Cal OES logo
ImageCat logo
Infraterra logo
JFE Logo
Lettis Consultants International, Inc. Logo
Northwest Pipe logo
PPI logo
Structural Technologies logo
California Geological Survey logo
T2 Utility Engineers Logo
SoCal Gas logo
Berkeley University of California and EBMUD
The word "Victaulic" underlined in orange

Poster Session Sponsors

The letters SGH in caps

Bronze Sponsors

Seft Consulting Group logo
The word "Kleinfelder" in all caps, with the words "Bright People. Right Solutions." beneath it. There is an incomplete circle to the left of the words

Coffee Break Sponsors

DisasterTech logo


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