NEW QUAKE CENTRE SPONSORS
The Quake Centre is proud to announce the recent support of five new sponsors of the Centre being, Fulton Hogan Ltd, Auckland Council, EQC, C. Lund & Son Ltd and Geoscience Consulting Ltd. We appreciate the support of these, and all of our existing supporting organisations.
DEVELOPMENT OF NEW RETROFIT DESIGN GUIDE
Research Engineer and recent addition to the QC team, Sahin Tasligedik has been working on the development of a Retrofit Design Guide, aimed at providing recommendations and options for strengthening existing earthquake-prone buildings. You can find a summary of Sahin’s findings into the retrofitting of reinforced concrete buildings in our Research Register here.
DEVELOPMENT OF SHORT COURSES
The Quake Centre is continuing with the development of our online short course suite. The first of these, 'An Introduction to Earthquake Engineering' has already been launched. This will be followed by a second module in this series and will be in the topic area of 'Structural Dynamics'.
Development of these courses and others that are in an advanced state of preparation and review has been made possible through the very generous support of Quake Centre partners Beca, Opus and CCANZ.
Across September and October the Quake Centre put on a series of evening seminars entitled 'Basics of Soil Mechanics in Christchurch'. These were extremely well attended with more than 170 registrations received at the time of commencement.
The Quake Centre has been strongly assisted by Geoscience NZ, AECOM, URS, Coffey and Golder Associates in the preparation and delivery of these seminars, which, according to feedback, have been successful and very well received.
We have continued our activity of meeting with a large range of current and prospective Quake Centre partners and among other things have been seeking inputs and feedback on industry research needs.
The responses have been enthusiastic and we are still receiving feedback on high priority R&D needs, both long and short term.
Our "Research Register" now has in excess of 20 project areas defined on it and recently we have developed a number of these into summarized expressions of interest. It is anticipated that, in the near future and following a prioritisation process, a number of projects with high potential impact will be underway.
ADDRESSING CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE ROYAL COMMISSION (CERC) RECOMMENDATIONS
A number of the CERC recommendations relate to reinforced concrete shear walls and floor diagrams. Following an initial workshop held by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Quake Centre hosted a follow-up workshop in October 2013 to identify the research needed in order that the relevant important questions could be fully explored and improved future design and recommendations provided.
The Quake Centre is working in close collaboration with MBIE on this initiative and it is anticipated that a number of new and extended research projects will be commenced in 2014, aimed at addressing the relevant CERC recommendations.
Over the past couple of months the Quake Centre has been active in a number of areas and is presently advancing a number of initiatives in parallel.
Some of these include:
* Assisting the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) with the roll out of their seminar series on the revision to Section 3 of the Assessment and improvement of the Structural Performance of Buildings in Earthquakes.
NZSEE will also deliver a series of detailed workshops in 2014 related to the same topic and the Quake Centre will be assisting them with this.
* Working in close collaboration with Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) over the development of a legacy learning project.
It is anticipated that this will provide long-term capturing of valuable lessons learnt from the multi-billion dollar investment in replacement of horizontal infrastructure in Christchurch following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
More information on these two important area will be forthcoming soon.