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Thomas D. O'Rourke head shot

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY


Masanobu Shinozuka head shot

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA



Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Lifeline Systems
(Thrust Area 1)

MCEER is dedicated to developing the next-generation of lifeline systems through advanced geospatial modeling technologies, innovative materials and manufacturing, improved loss estimation and high performance simulation of system reliability, intelligent monitoring and remote sensing, and regional socio-economic modeling.

Research is undertaken in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), both as a test bed for the development of advanced technologies and as the agency through which implementation of these advanced technologies and management tools is pursued for the purpose of: 

  1. Creating a combined electric power and hydraulic network model for the LADWP systems that allows for an evaluation of their earthquake performance
  2. Developing an integrated systems reliability model for the water supply and electric power networks that is approved and supported by LADWP management
  3. Constructing a decision support platform for critical lifelines that addresses disaster resilience in technical, organizational, societal, and economic dimensions.

These achievements are based on systems analysis and simulation, large-scale experimentation, and high performance computational modeling of both systems and components behavior.