Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Asia

Panitan Lukkunaprasit

Panitan Lukkunaprasit
Prof. Emeritus
Department of Civil Engineering , Chulalongkorn University


Dr. Lukkunaprasit is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. He was a Former Member of University Council, Chulalongkorn University (2006-2007), Former Sub-committee Member for Mitigation of Natural Disasters and Global Warming, appointed by a Senate Committee (2008-2009) and Member of the National Earthquake Committee of Thailand. He set up the Centre of Excellence in Earthquake Engineering and Vibration at Chulalongkorn University, the first of its kind in Thailand. He also served as the first Executive Director of AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat from 2001-2004.

Dr. Panitan specializes in seismic performance of reinforced concrete structures. He has served as a member in various sub-committees in Thailand responsible for drafting the Ministerial Regulations and standards related to seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of buildings. He is a registered professional engineer (grade Fellow) of the Council of Engineers in Thailand, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Towards disaster resilience – from global perspective to local actions

Recent disasters from earthquakes in Haiti (Mw 7.0, January, 2010) Christchurch, New Zealand (M6.3, 22 Feb 2011), and Japan (M9.0, 11 March, 2011), among others have taught us valuable lessons concerning preparedness for and mitigation of disasters. The unexpected nature of natural hazards coupled with the fact that even the world leaders in earthquake engineering like Japan and New Zealand faced crisis in time of unexpected events, should be a wake- up call for action.

This paper highlights important strategic actions focusing engineering mitigation technologies, drawing on lessons learned from past disasters. Important observations from the 6.1 magnitude Mae Lao earthquake on 5th May, 2014 for appropriate action to cope with future earthquakes are also presented. Essential non-engineering aspects – safety culture, leadership and ethics, which are essential for disaster resilience, are discussed.