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Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Experts Gather in Seattle for the Fifth U.S. Conference on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering

Picture of Ansell Schiff Accepting the C. Martin Duke AwardThe world’s most prominent experts on earthquake impacts on utilities, highways, bridges, ports, and other lifeline facilities convened in Seattle,   August 12-14, 1999, for the 5th U.S. Conference on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering.  The two and a half day  program  was sponsored by ASCE’s Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering and  organized for ASCE by MCEER.  

Conference Theme, Keynote Addresses
The conference discussed the latest research, practice, investigation, and public policy in lifeline earthquake engineering. The theme was "Optimizing Post-Earthquake Lifeline System Reliability." Several keynote presentations opened the program, placing emphasis on earthquake hazard assessment and lifeline performance in the central Puget Sound area.  Conference highlights included a special session on HAZUS, the FEMA/NIBS loss estimation software, and a presentation on the newly established American Lifeline Alliance.

Technical Sessions
The conference featured twenty technical sessions and additional poster sessions. Seven sessions on transportation issues focused attention on bridge hazards, analysis and retrofit. Five sessions examined pipeline performance and reliability. Earthquake seismic risk, socioeconomic issues and multi-hazard risk assessment were also explored.

In all, there were  more than 120 presentations. Topics included earthquake effects on electrical power systems, pipelines, ports, transportation networks, water, and wastewater facilities.  A complete conference program listing all presentations and speakers is available in PDF format at http://www.asce.org/conferences/le99.

Ordering the Conference Proceedings
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