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“Unacceptable” design flaw in Statistics House – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 31st, 2017.

Design standards and building laws will be reviewed following an investigation into structural damage to Statistics House in November’s Kaikōura earthquake. The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s investigation into the building’s damage in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake was released on Friday. Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith called the building’s performance “unacceptable” and […]

Further Q&A from earthquake engineers

John Kerr posted in on March 12th, 2012.

Following from last month’s SMC Q&A with earthquake engineers, we have several more earthquake related questions answered by a panel of expert engineers. The engineers include John Hare, president of the Structural Engineering Society, Win Clark, executive officer at the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, Mark Batchelar a consultant engineer and earthquake engineering expert […]

Wellington council focuses on quake resilience

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2012.

An announcement from the Wellington City Council  that it will be examining the city’s earthquake resilience has received wide media coverage just days before the anniversary of the February 22nd Christchurch quake. In press statement released today, the Wellington council announced that a report to be considered by  the  Strategy and Policy Committee next week […]

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 […]

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