The California Energy Commission has published “Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Assessment Tool for Natural Gas Storage and Pipeline Systems, Task D Final Report - Seismic Response of Pipeline and Gas Storage Surface Infrastructure.” It was written by Elide Pantoli, UC San Diego; Tara C. Hutchinson, UC San Diego; Sharif A. Elfass, University of Nevada Reno; and David B. McCallen, University of Nevada Reno.
The publication is an interim project report for the OpenSRA project. OpenSRA is a new open-source seismic risk assessment software tool for gas utility regulators and owners that will enable them to strategically assess challenges posed by the risk from earthquakes and other geological hazards. OpenSRA includes recent computational modeling and laboratory testing of surface infrastructure components and systems. This research provides better information about the fragility of gas storage surface infrastructure.