developing more system reliability, facility planning often takes place
without consulting earthquake engineers.
Opportunities exist prior to the next earthquake to identify what
should be restored to pre-earthquake levels of seismic resistance and what
needs to be replaced with updated seismic resistance. Allowing this decision to be made by
an insurance or FEMA claims representative is not the best approach to be
make this decision. I found
decision made in the 1971 earthquake, often required additional expenditures
that could have been avoided in the 1994 earthquake.
exist to model the need for the maintenance of spare part inventories. Technological solutions may not be
readily available to avoid damage to certain components, but the ability to
replace vulnerable components can greatly affect the amount of time required
to restore service.
systems have long been used by electric utilities to provide reliable power
service. An opportunity exists to
consider earthquake hazards in developing redundant systems.
plans and specifications for equipment that is installed on site are often
not available following an earthquake.
Opportunities exist to make this information available over wireless
networks from centrally maintained data bases.
has often been a problem that delays the reconstruction efforts electric
utility facilities. Opportunities
exist to identify and make changes in the accessibility of facilities after