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12-month deadline to strengthen earthquake-prone buildings -In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 26th, 2017.

The Government will put up $3 million to strengthen unreinforced masonry on earthquake-prone buildings in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Marlborough following the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the fund on Wednesday, which would force the owners of about 300 buildings to strengthen unreinforced facades and parapets within 12 months. At […]

Post-quake building – lessons from Christchurch

John Kerr posted in on July 1st, 2011.

Following the release of a new information paper on earthquake engineering, the media have examined new challenges in building safe structures. The paper,  released this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand, was titled “The Canterbury earthquakes: Answers to critical questions about buildings”. The document represented input from several expert groups -the Royal Society […]

Building design in wake of Canterbury quakes

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 29th, 2011.

What does earthquake damage to buildings and structures during the Christchurch earthquakes mean for building design in the future? A new information paper launched today brings together the science and engineering expertise of several organisations — the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the Structural Engineering Society […]

Earthquakes: What can Australia Learn from NZ?

John Kerr posted in on May 17th, 2011.

The Christchurch February 22 earthquake has awakened New Zealand to the importance of earthquake prepared buildings, but will Australia learn from our experience? Jason Ingham, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at University of Auckland, writes his plea for awareness across the ditch in an article for the Australian science website The Conversation. An excerpt (read […]

The Press: Scanner used on cliffs starts work in city

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2011.

Press Reporter Paul Gorman takes a look at how geo-scanning technology, previously used to detect potential rockfalls and landslides, is now being used to assess the stability of buildings in earthquake-struck Christchurch. An excerpt: (read in full here) Three-dimensional scans from the Riegl Z420i scanner, the only one of its kind in New Zealand, will […]

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