OCEA Nominee’s Seismic Upgrade Demonstrates Resiliency Done Right

March 11, 2016
Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipeline Nos. 3 and 4 at Hayward Fault, Fremont, CA.
Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipeline Nos. 3 and 4 at Hayward Fault, Fremont, CA.

As civil engineering heightens its emphasis on resiliency, the seismic upgrade of Bay Division Pipelines Nos. 3 and 4 at Hayward Fault in Fremont, CA, is an ideal example of how to do it right.

The upgrade is one of six projects to be honored as finalists for the 2016 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award.

The pipelines ensure water delivery within 24 hours to 2.6 million people in the event of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission project features an innovative system of pipes, joints, and vaults running underneath the intersection of Mission Blvd. and I-680 as part of the $4.8 billion Water System Improvement Program in the Bay Area.

The issue gained the attention of the community going back to 1989 when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked the area, famously interrupting the World Series.

The location of the Bay Division Pipelines Nos. 3 and 4 is especially crucial as they serve as a lifeline to the nearby Silicon Valley technical community, a vital economic center. The site location – near major traffic arteries – also made for construction challenges that the team navigated with zero traffic accidents during the process.

See a video about the project, as presented at the gala:

ASCE’s annual OCEA Award honors projects that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society. Honoring an overall project rather than an individual, the award celebrates the contributions of many engineers.

ASCE will announce the winning OCEA project at the Outstanding Project And Leaders Gala, March 17, in Arlington, VA. The evening also honors this year’s group of OPAL winners, as well as recipients of the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research, and the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award.

Read more about the seismic upgrade of Bay Division Pipelines Nos. 3 and 4 at the ASCE Library.

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