About Earthquake Engineering
Earthquake Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. The subject includes:
- Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquaker to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be.
- Understanding how the earthquake energy trasmits through the ground.
- Quantifying the likely ground surface responses at a specific site throughout the life of a structure.
- Assessing the liquefaction potential of soils at specific sites.
- Designing structures and lifeline services (electricity, gas, transport, water and wastewater) to minimise the damage and disruption during and after an earthquake.
- Planning for emergency response and post-earthquake recovery
- Preparing communities for earthquakes
Unless applicants have a strong background in earthquake engineering, they will only be admitted in the February of each year.
The postgraduate qualifications in earthquake engineering are:
- A Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering, endorsed in earthquake engineering,PGCertEng (Earthquake). This is a 6 month programme of coursework.
- A Master of Engineering Studies, endorsed in earthquake engineering, MEngSt (Earthquake). This is a 12 month programme of coursework.
- A Master of Engineering, endorsed in earthquake engineering, ME (Earthquake). This is a nominally a 18 month programme involving courses (6 months) and thesis (1 year).
- A Doctor of Philosophy, endorsed in earthquake engineering, PhD (Earthquake). This is nominally a 3 year programme of research (thesis).
- Earthquake Engineering course list
For more information about the programmes contact any of the earthquake engineering staff or Leigh Davidson.
- Tony Abu - NZFSC Lecturer in Fire Engineering
- Brendon Bradley - Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering
- Des Bull - Adjunct Professor in Concrete Design
- Misko Cubrinovski - Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
- Rajesh Dhakal - Professor of Structural Engineering
- Sonia Giovinazzi - Research Fellow in Seismic Risk Assessment
- Chin-Long Lee - Lecturer in Structural Engineering
- Greg MacRae - Associate Professor of Structural Engineering
- Alessandro Palermo - Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering
- Stefano Pampanin - Professor of Structural Engineering
- Allan Scott - Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering