ASCE has honored Donald B. Ballantyne, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award for contributing to the advancement of lifeline earthquake engineering and seismic awareness and the preparedness of water and wastewater utilities.
Ballantyne has evaluated and designed civil infrastructure for over three decades, focusing on lifeline system earthquake resilience. He has conducted earthquake reconnaissance on lifeline system performance for 13 earthquakes and is internationally known in earthquake risk management of water and wastewater systems, having evaluated the seismic vulnerability and/or designed seismic upgrades for over 75 such systems. Although he has evaluated water and wastewater systems worldwide, he has spent a significant amount of this career in the Pacific Northwest, where he has been one of the principal contributors in raising the earthquake awareness among water and wastewater system operators and championing seismic mitigation.
He developed one of the initial practical sets of performance criteria for these systems, which is still utilized today. Ballantyne’s reconnaissance and documentation of lifeline system performance in 13 major earthquakes around the world has led to a greater understanding of how lifeline systems perform in earthquakes and resulted in improved international guidelines and designs.
The Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award is presented to an individual who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of lifeline earthquake engineering.