Cornell University

Energy Engineering Seminar: Tom O'Rourke

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Olin Hall, 255

Resilient Energy Infrastructure

Key lessons from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, as well as recent hurricane experiences in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean are discussed with respect to energy infrastructure resilience. Measures being taken in Los Angeles and San Francisco to build resilient infrastructure are addressed. The technical, institutional, and social challenges of introducing new technologies and engaging community support are examined, and a strategy for improving infrastructure resilience through smart technologies and policies is proposed.

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