PEER Receives a Research Contract on Seismic Performance of Lifelines

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) has received a three-year research contract from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to investigate the seismic performance of lifelines components and systems. “The PEER Lifelines research program has been active since PEER’s inception in 1996”, said Yousef Bozorgnia, the program’s Co-Principal Investigator.

The PEER Lifelines research program supports research projects on ground motion seismic hazard, seismic response of soil including liquefaction studies, analysis and design for tsunami loads including probabilistic tsunami analysis, performance of bridge components and systems, and seismic analysis of transportation systems, among other topics.

An example of such a successful multidisciplinary collaboration that was funded by the partners of the PEER Lifelines program is the NGA-West program that resulted in major advances in characterization of seismic hazard, especially in the western United States.

More information about the PEER Lifelines program can be found at  If you are interested in knowing more about a specific research project in the PEER Lifelines program, please contact Yousef Bozorgnia at