San Fernando Earthquake Conference – 50 Years of Lifeline Engineering

Understanding, Improving, & Operationalizing Hazard Resilience for Lifelines

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), 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 world-wide, 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.

Date/Time:
Date(s) - Feb 07, 2021 - Feb 10, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:
Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles CA 90095