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Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters


Articles
  • [Periodical Article]

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters (editorial)

    Engineers are in the business of improving public health and safety, facilitating economic growth, protecting the environment and ecosystems, and providing for national security. And, they attempt to accomplish all of this on a planet that does its business through extreme events. The ... Read More

    Author: William H. Hooke

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters

    Release date: Spring 2007

    Volume: 37

    Number: 1

  • [Periodical Article]

    Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

    Geotechnical conditions and design flaws both contributed to the failure of the levees in New Orleans. The social impacts of Hurricane Katrina have been covered extensively in the media. As of this writing (December 2006), at least four hardcover books on the subject have been published in ... Read More

    Author: John T. Christian

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters

    Release date: Spring 2007

    Volume: 37

    Number: 1

  • [Periodical Article]

    Effects of the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami in Aceh Province

    This eyewitness assessment of damage from the earthquake and tsunami yields lessons for engineers. On December 26, 2004, at 07:58:50 local time, a powerful earthquake, moment magnitude (MW) 9.2, occurred in the Indian Ocean. The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake was one of the three largest ... Read More

    Author: Lloyd S. Cluff

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters

    Release date: Spring 2007

    Volume: 37

    Number: 1

  • [Periodical Article]

    Engineering Research for Non-Engineered Buildings

    More information on constructing simple, seismically safe buildings could go a long way toward reducing fatalities. Studies of recent earthquakes have confirmed that loss of life occurs principally in single-family dwellings of unreinforced masonry, usually constructed by owners or local ... Read More

    Author: Melvyn Green

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters

    Release date: Spring 2007

    Volume: 37

    Number: 1

  • [Periodical Article]

    Critical Infrastructure, Interdependencies, and Resilience

    Resilient physical and social systems must be robust, redundant, resourceful, and capable of rapid response. The concept of critical infrastructure is evolving. In the 1980s, concerns about aging public works led the National Council on Public Works Improvement (1988) to focus on ... Read More

    Author: T.D. O’Rourke

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters

    Release date: Spring 2007

    Volume: 37

    Number: 1

  • [Periodical Article]

    Building a Resilient Organization

    Governments must understand the resiliency and risk management strategies of private-sector enterprises. The 9/11 attack, the SARS epidemic, Hurricane Katrina, and scores of other disruptions have made companies more aware of the need for active risk management. Governments in the West have ... Read More

    Author: Yossi Sheffi

    Engineering for the Threat of Natural Disasters

    Release date: Spring 2007

    Volume: 37

    Number: 1