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Seminar Webcast: Seismic Evaluation And Retrofit Of Water Supply Lifelines

Date: Friday, January 26th, 2001
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: 140 Ketter Hall, University at Buffalo

Dr. T. D. O’RourkeOn January 26, 2001 at 4:00 pm, Dr.  T. D. O’Rourke, Thomas R. Briggs Professor Of Engineering, Cornell University,  will present a seminar on Seismic Evaluation And Retrofit Of Water Supply Lifelines. He will discuss the salient features of the MCEER research program focused on the seismic evaluation and retrofit of the water supply lifelines.

The presentation will deal with the performance of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Metropolitan Water District (MWD) water supply systems during the Northridge earthquake, and the implications of this performance with respect to lifeline design, system operation, and emergency response in future earthquakes. The talk will feature advanced uses of GIS. It will also show how the distribution pipeline network of LADWP has been used as a regional sensing system to evaluate seismic hazards. The influence of ground failure on lifeline performance will be covered with explicit reference to liquefaction and ground lurching effects. The presentation will also address the use of fiber reinforced composites to strengthen the welded slip joints of critical water trunk lines, and show how these technologies are being developed and implemented by academic/industry partnerships organized through MCEER. 

This seminar is sponsored by  EERI Student Chapter (UB-EERI),  MCEER Student Leadership Council (MCEER-SLC) and MCEER / Program 4.   This will be the first in a series of similar presentations to be made throughout the Spring Semester, 2001.  

The next seminar will feature noted disaster researcher  and MCEER researcher Dr. William Petak of the University of Southern California,  who will address issues affecting adoption of earthquake mitigation policy.

All those interested are welcome to attend.


Seminar to be Webcast

This Seminar will be webcast--a first for any Seminar in this series (and also something of an experiment.)


Webcast Instructions

Click the following URL to begin playing the stream,  Please note that it will not become active till shortly before the seminar begins.  To view the stream, please make sure you have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed on your computer. Visit to download the latest version.  Contact Jason Hanley at (716) 645-2114x2437 before the event if you have any problems that prevent you from watching this broadcast. The webcast will take place from  4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

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