University of California, Los Angeles
January 31 – February 11, 2022
The Lifelines Conference 2021-22 Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to pivot from a hybrid (in-person and virtual) format to 100% virtual due to the ongoing surge in the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Conference plenary sessions will proceed on the originally scheduled dates, February 1-3 2022. The schedule for breakout sessions is being developed now. Further information for conference registrants and sponsors is being sent by email.
Update made on January 12, 2022.
About the 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 11, 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.
The conference proceedings will be available as post-conference proceedings as an electronic download and will also be sent via email. One copy is included with each Individual and packaged registration.
Information about Virtual Platform
The Lifelines 2021-22 Conference virtual platform will be available to all registrants until Friday, March 18 at 8:45 pm Pacific Time. conference registration has closed as of February 12, 2022. We are exploring alternate options to have video presentations available as permissible and will let registrants know if new viewing options become available.
Special Guest Speakers
Martin L. Adams
General Manager and Chief Engineer,
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Presentation: Keeping L.A’s Water System Resilient
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
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Delaware
National Earthquake Hazards Program (NEHRP)
Panel: The San Fernando Earthquake: A Fifty-Year Perspective
After the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, Professor C. Martin Duke of UCLA challenged U.S. engineers to raise the standard of safety of all lifelines. As a result, the lifeline engineering profession set a general goal to raise the state-of-the-art internationally to the equivalent of that which prevailed for earthquake resistive buildings at the time. This goal would be achieved “when a comprehensive set of standards of lifeline performance in earthquake will have been established and have been proved out in future earthquakes.” The time frame for this general goal was set at 30 years from the San Fernando earthquake, or roughly the turn of the century.
This panel session will focus on two major themes: a) first-hand experiences during and after the earthquake with a particular emphasis on major takeaways and what were the research and reconstruction priorities at the time, and whether we have sufficiently achieved these priorities, and b) from an international perspective, how did the San Fernando Earthquake affect lifeline research, design and construction practices abroad. Experts from the U.S. and the international community will share their experiences and participate in a provocative discussion on these two topics.
Engineering Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Izzat M. Idriss
Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering,
University of California, Davis (UCD)
Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Panel: Building Lifelines into the Future
The 1971 San Fernando earthquake was a pivotal point in our awareness of the vulnerability of our lifelines to earthquakes. Since then, significant progress has been made in addressing the many issues around building more resilient lifeline systems. With our infrastructure deteriorating, our focus is now on a vision that addresses not only vulnerability of lifelines to extreme events, but also redesigning and rebuilding these systems that can meet the challenges of the future.
The objective of this panel session is to bring experts who can share their vision on the future developments of the various infrastructure systems. As technology has accelerated the development of various components within each lifeline sector, we are faced with the question – what will the lifelines of the future look like? For example, how will we have to design our transportation systems to address the increased adoption of elective vehicles (EVs), autonomous vehicles (AVs), flying taxies or other short distance transport? Another example is the major expansion of renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaics, wind turbines, coastal water turbines. What will their role be in future disasters and how will our electric grid need to change to address both extreme event and every-day needs? The scarcity of water with recent droughts has brought to light the need for greater water conservation and for further exploring alternate water sources. There are significant ongoing investigations on issues related to water management, development of advanced cost-effective desalination technologies, and water reuse in urban areas. Treatment of wastewater is receiving similar attention. A related key issue is the interdependencies of the various lifelines and how can these be addressed.
Regents Professor, Distinguished Professor of Electric Power Engineering,
Washington State University
Director of the Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering,
Arizona State University
Closing Plenary: Public policies to enhance lifeline infrastructure resilience
Stephen A. Cauffman
Chief, Resilience Services Branch of the Infrastructure Security Division,
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)