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MCEER and PEER will also merge their efforts on power distribution networks by combining PEER’s research on assessing the seismic performance of substations and components with MCEER’s research on power system performance, seismic evaluation and retrofit of transformers, and fragility curve development, to create a seismic risk methodology similar to REDARS.
A major new initiative in MCEER’s research program is the creation of “Overarching Research Tasks.” These tasks link the coordinated efforts in each thrust area to center-wide measures of resilience. Power and water research data are being merged with an aim toward creating integrated measures and quantitative assessments of the seismic resilience for the two systems, using Los Angeles as a case study. In another effort, researchers are working toward developing the knowledge base needed to create decision support systems for the seismic retrofit of hospitals, that would encompass structural, nonstructural, geotechnical, economic and social factors into an integrated system.