“Christchurch provides an exceptional context and venue for the 6ICEGE.” – Professor Misko Cubrinovski, University of Canterbury.

 

The Quake Centre is proud to be a partner for the 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (6ICEGE), to be held in Christchurch, 1 – 4 November 2015.

It is the sixth in a series of highly successful specialised conferences held in global seismic hot spots - Tokyo in 1995, Lisbon in 1999, Berkeley in 2004, Thessaloniki in 2007 and Santiago in 2011.

The 2015 6ICEGE in Christchurch provides a unique opportunity for those attending to be immersed in this dynamic and transitional city, steadily rising from the rubble after the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury Earthquake sequence.

The conference is organised under the guidance of the Technical Committee on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Associated Problems (TC203) from the ISSMGE (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering).

Conference Chairman, Professor Misko Cubrinovski, from the University of Canterbury, is delighted to welcome and bring together those with an engineering perspective to this beautiful garden city, now set against such a remarkable physical ‘frame of reference’ post earthquakes.

“We believe the 6ICEGE will provide an excellent opportunity for earthquake and geotechnical engineers, geologists and seismologists, consulting engineers, public and private contractors, city and national authorities, and all those involved with engineering works and research related to earthquake geotechnical engineering, to collaboratively exchange ideas and present their recent experience and developments.”

The 6ICEGE programme includes a welcome to Christchurch, an overview of the Canterbury Earthquakes and case studies and observations over a number of special lectures from esteemed guest speakers. Themed topics, to name but a few, will include soil liquefaction, lateral spreading, soil mechanics and the resulting impact on buildings and infrastructure as well as geotechnical engineering for urban systems and building resilient communities.

There is a chance to enhance the experience through three engaging technical tours, or ‘field trips,’ in the last days of the programme. These include ‘Earthquake damage to residential land and the path to remediation’, ‘Geology and Tectonics of the Canterbury region’ and ‘Slope instability and remediation on the Port Hills’.  This is a real opportunity for conference goers to observe for themselves the effects of the earthquakes on the local region.

“While undoubtedly the earthquakes had many engineering, scientific and social facets, one may argue that from an engineering viewpoint the 2010 - 2011 earthquakes were largely geotechnical in nature, and were dominated by the unprecedented impacts from soil liquefaction and rock-falls over nearly half of the city area,” says Professor Cubrinovski.

For those in attendance the 6ICEGE will offer the opportunity to personally experience an engineering feat – ‘a city now embarking on a large reconstruction project where ground improvement, foundation engineering and restoration of lifelines comprise a substantial component of the $40 billion NZD rebuild effort’ (www.6icege.com).

The Quake Centre is proud to be playing its part in hosting this international stage of engineering expertise and to welcome visitors and locals alike to witness first-hand the unshakeable resilience and solid determination to rebuild and redevelop Christchurch, following the quakes.

 

More information is available on the 6ICEGE website here:6icege.com

 

 

 

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