EERI 2021 Distinguished Lecture Webinar Series

Join EERI for a series of free public webinars featuring Dr. Craig Davis and building on the themes of his 2021 EERI Distinguished Lecture! Additional webinars in the series will be hosted by EERI Regional Chapters this fall.

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Operationalizing Lifeline Infrastructure System Resilience to Earthquakes
September 1, 2021, 1:00-2:00 PM PT

To launch this fall’s Distinguished Lecture Webinar Series, EERI is rebroadcasting Dr. Craig Davis’s Distinguished Lecture from the 2021 Annual Meeting. The lecture explores how lifeline infrastructure system resilience is intimately linked to and supports community resilience through the services they provide. Lifelines are interdependent socio-technical systems vital in the day-to-day operations of our communities, and their basic services essential for community recovery after earthquakes. They include water, wastewater, stormwater control, electric power, gas and liquid fuel, telecommunication, solid waste, and multi-modal transportation systems. This lecture identifies features making lifeline systems resilient and provides examples on putting resilience into practice.

Seismic Resilient Lifeline Networks
September 8, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM PT

This live webinar, hosted by EERI's Southern California chapter, will focus on the concepts of resilience and functional recovery as they apply to critical lifelines. True resilience against the earthquake threat must incorporate all functioning systems of the community. We must not only design buildings to withstand a large event, but also design the complex systems that support those buildings with resilience in mind. Experts in infrastructure for water, power, natural gas, and sanitation will detail recent gains and future strategies made by those utilities in enhancing the resilience of their lifeline systems. The webinar will begin with a brief presentation by Craig Davis, who will then be joined by John Shamma of the Metropolitan Water District, Jennifer Pearce of Southern California Edison, Mehrshad Ketabdar of SoCal Gas, and Donald Cutler of Orange County Sanitation, who will present and discuss the concepts of functional recovery and resilience within their respective lifeline systems, followed by an open floor for audience questions and discussion.

About Dr. Craig Davis

DavisIn his three-decade-long career at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Dr. Davis worked as the Departmental Chief Resilience Officer, Seismic Manager, and Geotechnical Engineering Manager, and developed a comprehensive L.A. Water System resilience program. He has served on professional committees, including the Building Seismic Safety Council, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction, and ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division. Dr. Davis has published more than 150 technical papers and investigated numerous earthquakes.

Davis has been honored with the ASCE 2016 Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction, the 2020 Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, and the EERI Distinguished Lecture Award. The annual Distinguished Lecture Award is awarded to EERI members to recognize and encourage communication of outstanding professional contributions of major importance for earthquake hazard mitigation.