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Earthquake-Resilient Lifelines: NEHRP Research, Development and Implementation Roadmap



Thomas O'Rourke, Laurie Johnson, Craig Davis, Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Anne Kiremidjian, Alexis Kwasinski, Michael Mahoney, Stuart Nishenko, Douglas Nyman, Chris Poland, Alex Tang


The primary objective of this task order was to develop a 10-year research, development, and implementation roadmap for generating new model earthquake-resilient design and construction standards for key lifeline systems and components. The starting point for the roadmap development process was an initial effort to identify and summarize needed research, development, and implementation activities for lifelines in the areas of electric power, gas and liquid fuels, water, waste-water,telecommunications, transportation networks, lifeline interdependencies, and social, economic and institutional issues. Lifelines are synonymous with civil infrastructure and vital to our modern economy and quality of life. When earthquakes or other hazards strike lifeline systems, they disrupt the flow of resources and provision of services that sustain communities. In the worst cases, these disruptions can lead to regional, national and even global social and economic impacts.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) - 14-917-33
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NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, ATC, Earthquake-Resilient, Lifelines, Implementation Roadmap


O'Rourke, T. , Johnson, L. , Davis, C. , Duenas-Osorio, L. , Kiremidjian, A. , Kwasinski, A. , Mahoney, M. , Nishenko, S. , Nyman, D. , Poland, C. and Tang, A. (2014), Earthquake-Resilient Lifelines: NEHRP Research, Development and Implementation Roadmap, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed February 26, 2024)
Created October 31, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017