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Title
Proceedings of the Workshop on Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Management of Complex Civil Emergencies and Terrorism-Resistant Civil Engineering Design. Held in New York, New York on June 24-25, 2002.
File
PB2004100676.pdf
Author(s)
Bruneau, M.
Source
October 18, 2002, 180 p.
Identifying Number(s)
MCEER-02-SP08
Abstract
The objectives of the workshop were to review whether knowledge developed during the past decades to enhance seismic resilience can be used to help achieve terrorism resistant communities, and at the same time, investigate whether lessons can be learned from blast-resistant engineering to enhance earthquake engineering practice. Furthermore, the workshop examined the management of complex civil emergencies and terrorism-resistant civil engineering design. Organizers sought participation of experts from throughout the country, to provide the multidisciplinary perspectives required to address this very complex problem. The workshop aimed to answer three questions using the expert opinion of the participants: Can some of the mitigation and emergency response procedures and tools in place to enhance earthquake resilience of the infrastructure be used to enhance resilience against a terrorist attack; Can some of the mitigation and emergency response procedures and tools in place to enhance resilience of the infrastructure against a terrorist attack be used to enhance earthquake resilience; What common procedures and tools are needed to provide resilience to both hazards.
Keywords
Blast loads; Terrorism; September 11 terrorist attacks; Buildings; Earthquake engineering; Implosions; Risk; Man made disasters; Emergency response; Crisis management; Explosions; Seismic design; September 11; Design codes; Structural engineering; Threats; World Trade Center; Natural disasters