Seismic Resiliency is the Future of Smart Cities

Derek Skolnik
Senior Project Manager
Kinemetrics Inc., Los Angeles

Natural and induced seismicity negatively impact urban environments. If the future of humanity relies on the collective benefits of urban density, then the objective of this presentation was to demonstrate how seismic resiliency paves the way for smart cities. In the event of a disaster, advances in seismic technology now enable smart city stakeholders to react better to large-scale business interruptions, manage operational continuity of critical infrastructures and, most importantly, ensure the community that there is a sound plan to move forward. Tall buildings, especially in emerging economies, sustain large financial loss and reputation damage from unnecessary evacuations and downtime due to large, but distant earthquakes. Case studies, including the Burj Khalifa of Dubai, were used to illustrate different employments of high-end instrumentation, performance-based engineering services, emergency response planning, and novel technology-based communication channels to achieve rapid well-informed decision making and critical information dissemination. In order to connect the city beyond the lone tall building, it is important to understand how regional seismicity affects urban environments.