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Canterbury research on earthquake engineering

12 February 2015 Civil and natural resources engineers at UC are developing new technologies to evaluate the effects of earthquake-induced ground movement on buildings and facilities. (read article)

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‘This is an excellent field to be associated with due to present market needs...’

Parth Desai MEngSt in Construction Management
Structural Engineer, Urban Structural Services Ltd, Christchurch
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Resilient Seismic Design in Multi-Story Wood Buildings

Professor Andy Buchanan, Professor Emeritus from the Department reviews the performance of wood, steel and concrete in seismic zones with favorable results for wood design. Case studies include new post‐tensioned timber building systems under construction in the re‐build of Christchurch, New Zealand, following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. (Youtube video). Departmental Research


Where to next for our Sinking City?

Dr Matthew Hughes who is the Canterbury Earthquake Geospatial Research Fellow in the Department and Associate Professor Mark Quigley, Geological Sciences, surveyed the changing landscape of post-quake Christchurch. Read the full article as reported in the Press


Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Professor Nigel Priestley

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