Lifelines engineering

A long way in a decade

  • David R. Brunsdon Wellington Earthquake Lifelines Group, Wellington, New Zealand


Significant developments have occurred in the field of lifelines engineering over the past decade both in New Zealand and internationally. In New Zealand, this period encompassed both the beginnings of lifelines engineering and its development into being an established discipline of earthquake engineering.

This paper charts the progress of lifelines engineering during this time, outlines the key achievements and critical success factors and discusses current needs and future developments.


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How to Cite
Brunsdon, D. R. (1997). Lifelines engineering. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 30(2), 194-200.