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Dr. James E. Moore's Presentation on "Quantifying Economic Losses from Travel Foregone Following a Large Metropolitan Earthquake"

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Dr. James E. Moore II
Dr. James E. Moore II
Industrial & Systems Engineering, Public Policy & Management, and Civil Engineering
University of Southern California

On July 18, 2006, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Brown Bag Lunch), Dr. James E. Moore II presented "Quantifying Economic Losses from Travel Foregone Following a Large Metropolitan Earthquake."

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Professor Moore received his BS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Urban Planning in 1981 from Northwestern University's Technological Institute (now the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science) in Evanston, Illinois. He received his MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1982, his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Northwestern in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (Infrastructure Planning and Management) from Stanford in 1986. He specializes in transportation engineering, transportation systems, and other infrastructure systems. He joined Northwestern's Civil Engineering faculty in 1986, and the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1988. He is Director of the Transportation Engineering program, Co-Director of the Construction Management Program, and Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in USC's Viterbi School of Engineering. In 2003, he was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, United States Section, for out-standing contributions to the field of Transportation Systems Engineering; and received the Kapitsa Gold Medal of Honor.

Professor Moore's research interests include risk management of infrastructure networks subject to natural hazards and terrorist threats; economic impact modeling; transportation network performance and control; large scale computational models of metropolitan land use/transport systems, especially in California; evaluation of new technologies; and infrastructure investment and pricing policies.

Topic Description: Quantifying Economic Losses from Travel Foregone Following a Large Metropolitan Earthquake

The goal of this research is to provide tools for retrofit decisions in metropolitan transportation networks. The objective of is to extend and leverage to work completed the PEER Highway Demonstration Project by developing a model capable of estimating the economic losses associated with trips eliminated from the transportation network following an earthquake. The most important measures of highway system performance include total delay, total vehicle miles of travel, and total person miles of travel. The work completed in PEER projects links earthquake damage to transportation structures to transportation network performance at a metropolitan scale. Once implemented, such a model would make REDARS a more attractive tool for investigating other issues of interest to PEER, for example, evaluating the economic impact of improved bridge performance and/or the ability to more accurately predict performance through improved fragility models.