Istanbul natural gas network rapid response and risk mitigation system

Can Zulfikar*, Mustafa Erdik, Erdal Safak, Hikmet Biyikoglu, Cagatay Kariptas

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This paper describes a rapid response and risk mitigation system Istanbul Natural Gas Distribution Network Seismic Risk Reduction Project (IGRAS) for the Istanbul Natural Gas Network (IGDAŞ). Upon the trigger signal received from the earthquake early warning system in Istanbul, the real-time algorithm at IGRAS system district regulators checks the threshold levels of ground-motion parameters and interrupts the gas flow if any exceedance is detected. Then the system: (1) produces almost real-time earthquake hazard maps by using on-line strong-motion data from the strong-motion network in Istanbul: (2) estimates the distribution of damage to the natural gas network; and (3) transfers these damage distribution maps to stakeholders to enable dispatching rapid response teams to high damage areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2565-2578
Number of pages14
JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Buried natural gas pipeline city network
  • Critical infrastructures
  • Earthquake early warning
  • Earthquake rapid response
  • Earthquake shaking maps
  • Real-time damage assessment


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