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SCIRT Learning Legacy Project Launched

Following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the scale of the horizontal infrastructure repair needed in Christchurch was unprecedented. The Government recognised that this warranted an innovative response and SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) was established.


Drafting individuals in from a wide variety of organisations to create one new, functioning body, to effectively and efficiently complete the infrastructure rebuild, brought with it the opportunities to introduce novel ideas and approaches to problems, to design new technology, and to adapt existing technology and processes, to new situations. SCIRT is now working with the Quake Centre, based at Canterbury University, and the Resilient Organisations Research Programme, to coordinate efforts to capture SCIRT’s Learning Legacy.

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) is a purpose-built organisation rebuilding publicly owned horizontal infrastructure, namely roads, walls and bridges, fresh water, wastewater and stormwater networks damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The SCIRT Learning Legacy project group is made up of a range of individuals from across SCIRT, Resilient Organisations, the Quake Centre and the academic communities.


The purpose of the project is two-fold. Firstly, to capture the new ideas and approaches before people move on to other roles. Secondly, to make the knowledge accessible to the wider audience, both national and international, in a way in which it can be understood, but more importantly, can be applied elsewhere. This includes investigating where the lessons learnt from this highly efficient horizontal infrastructure rebuild in Christchurch could be adapted or translated and applied to the longer-term vertical infrastructure rebuild of the city

The learning will be grouped from a number of different perspectives, or ‘themes’. Creating a learning legacy ensures that others can achieve the same, or better, in the future, but faster, cheaper and to a higher quality than might otherwise have been possible.

For more on this exciting project, contact Cathy Gillespie, Project Manager, SCIRT Learning Legacy Project: cathy.gillespie@canterbury.ac.nz. 














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