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Learning from Megadisasters - Earthquake Resilience

Monday, December 13, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Registration Fee: $75 member/$120 non-member. This webinar is included in our full year subscription package.

It's been 10 years since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which led to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. What have we learned? Have we become more resilient? In this webinar, we will share the lessons learned and how we can use better technology to minimize the impact of a large earthquake. We will learn about the changes that took place in Japan and other countries, what technology is available today to make your water system more resilient, and what leading utilities are doing to prepare for the big one. We can't stop nature, but we can do our best to minimize the environmental, economic, and social impacts caused by a large earthquake.

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Webinar Learning Objectives:

1. What have we learned from the Tohoku earthquake experience?
2. What technology is available to make our water distribution system more resilient to earthquake?
3. As a utility, what can we do to better prepare for the big one?

Learn from this webinar's esteemed presenters:

Moderated by: Clementine Stip, Water Sector Specialist, West and Central Africa, World Bank

Mr. Masao Shibuya, Director of International Division, Japan Water Works Association (JWWA) – Japan
Masao Shibuya is Director of International Division, Training & International Department, Japan Water Works Association, members of which mainly consist of Water Utilities in Japan. He has been working for 30 years for the association. He started his career at JWWA Inspection and Certification Service Department, and moved later to the Research Department, which research the management aspects of water utilities. His primary concern for the waterworks is the financial management of water utilities in general, in particular the water rate.

Dr. Tom O’ Rourke, Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Cornell University - USA
Tom O’Rourke is the Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Member of ASCE, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received a number of distinctions for his research and teaching, including the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering and Ralph B. Peck Awards from ASCE. He gave the 2009 Rankine and 2016 Terzaghi Lectures. He served as President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and as the chair or member of many professional society committees. He received the George W. Housner Medal in 2016 for contributions to earthquake engineering. He is the first recipient of the LeVal Lund Award and received the C. Martin Duke Award, both for lifeline earthquake engineering. He authored or co-authored over 410 technical publications. His research interests cover geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, underground construction technologies, engineering for large, geographically distributed systems, and geographic information technologies and database management. He has served on numerous government advisory boards, as well as the consulting boards or peer reviews for many projects associated with highway, rapid transit, water supply, and energy distribution systems.

Mr. Enoch Nicholson, Senior Drinking Water Engineer and Seismic Evaluation Specialist, Jacobs
Enoch Nicholson is a senior drinking water engineer and seismic evaluation specialist with Jacobs in Bellevue, Washington, USA.  Enoch has been helping drinking water utilities provide safe and reliable water to their customers for 16 years.  For the last 6 years, Enoch has completed seismic resiliency evaluations and designed seismic improvements for water systems across the Northwest United States.  Enoch served as the seismic evaluation technical and risk assessment lead for the City of Bellevue Water System Seismic Vulnerability Assessment that is the subject of this webinar.

Ms. Jennifer Henke, Senior Water Engineer, Project Manager, Jacobs
Jennifer is a senior water engineer with Jacobs in Dallas, Texas, USA.  In Jennifer’s 25 years of experience in the water industry, she has been providing support to utilities for water supply, master planning, and system optimization projects to improve the level of service that utilities provide to their customers. Jennifer’s experience on hydraulic analysis spans projects across the United States and Singapore. Jennifer served as the hydraulic analysis lead for the City of Bellevue Water System Seismic Vulnerability Assessment project.

To Be Announced,  World Bank Global Utility – Mexico


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