Otto Glogau Award

Otto Glogau, Chief Structural Engineer of the Ministry of Works, was a great thinker in the development of engineering concepts and design loadings for improving the structural performance of buildings to resist earthquake effects.  Otto played a large part in the pioneering development of the 1976 Loadings Code.


This award is offered annually to the author or authors presenting the best paper during the three years ending 30 June preceding the date of the award.  Those eligible are authors, whether members or non-members of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, of any paper published in the NZSEE Bulletin within the previous three years.


Papers that fit the eligibility criteria can be nominated, including through self-nomination, via an email to the NZSEE Executive Officer (at Paper nominations should include the title of the paper, the list of authors, and the Bulletin Volume and Issue in which the paper was published. Please include a statement about why you consider this specific Bulletin paper to be award-worthy, specifying how it has impacted the research and/or practice of Earthquake Engineering, or any other supporting evidence.


The criteria for selection of the Otto Glogau Award are merit of the paper, and the degree to which the paper advances the objectives of the Society. However, when papers of equal merit are being considered for the award, preference will be given to authors who have not yet received the award. In any year, the decision of whether to confer an award or not, will be at the sole discretion of the NZSEE Management Committee’s chosen Awards Committee.


Two years must pass from the date of the award before the first author of a winning paper is again eligible to receive the award.


The award includes a prize of $2,000 to purchase books, or for other expenses to pursue earthquake engineering activities or initiatives, plus a certificate, and the opportunity to present the work to the Society through a seminar series.


The recipient for this year’s Otto Glogau Award will be selected by an Awards Committee made up of members of the NZSEE Management Committee. Any paper nominations received will be considered by the awards committee, alongside other papers published in the Bulletin.


The Award will be presented at the NZSEE Annual Conference.

Past Recipients


Vinod Sadashiva, Richard Mowll, S R Uma, Sheng L Lin, David Heron, Nick
Horspool, Mostafa Nayyerloo, James Williams, Yasir Syed, Robert Buxton, Andrew King, Biljana Lukovic, Kelvin Berryman, Michele Daly


“Improving Wellington region’s resilience through integrated infrastructure resilience investments”


Riwaj (Ribu) Dhakal, Misko Cubrinovski, Jonathan Bray, Christopher de la Torre

 “Liquefaction assessment of reclaimed land at Centreport, Wellington” published in NZSEE Bulletin No 53. January 2020
2022J Bhatta, J Mulligan, R P. Dhakal, T Sullivan, H Gerlich, F Kang“Theoretical and experimental evaluation of timber-famed partitions under lateral drift”  published in NZSEE Bulletin No 54: December 2021
2021A. Shegay, F. Dashti, L. Hogan, Y. Lu, A. Niroomandi, P. Seifi, T. Zhang, R. Dhakal, K. Elwood, R. Henry and S. PampaninResearch Programme on Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Walls: Key Recommendations published in NZSEE Bulletin No 53(2): June 2020
2020G. Chiaro, G. Alexander, P. Brabhahara, C. Massey, J. Koseki, S. Yamada and Y. AoyagiReconnaissance Report on the Geotechnical and Geological Aspects of the 14-16 April, 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake in Japan published in NZSEE Bulletin 50(3): September 2017
2019No award 
2018Edited by L. Wotherspoon, A. Palermo, C. Holden and R. DhakalSpecial Issue on 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, NZSEE Bulletin 50(2) published in June 2017
2017T. Larkin and C. Van HoutteDetermination of Site Period for NZS1170.5:2004 published in NZSEE Bulletin 47(1): March 2014
2016I. Giongo, A. Wilson, D.Y. Dizhur, H. Derakhshan, R. Tomasi, M.C. Griffith, P. Quenneville and J. M. InghamDetailed Seismic Assessment and Improvement Procedure for Vintage Flexible Timber Diaphragms published in NZSEE Bulletin 47(2): June 2014
2015No award 
2014S. PampaninReality-Check and Renewed Challenges in Earthquake Engineering: Implementing Low-Damage Structural Systems – From Theory to Practice published in NZSEE Bulletin 45(4): December 2012
2013T.J. SullivanDirect Displacement-based design of a RC wall-steel EBF dual system with added dampers published in NZSEE Bulletin 42(3): September 2009
2012D.A. Rhoades, R.J. Van Dissen, R.M. Langridge, T.A. Little, D. Ninis, E.G.C. Smith and R. RobinsonRe-evaluation of Conditional Probability of Rupture of the Wellington-Hutt Valley Segment of the Wellington Fault published in NZSEE Bulletin 44(2): June 2011
2011R.P. Dhakal and R.C. FenwickDetailing of Plastic Hinges in Seismic Design of Concrete Structures published in ACI Journal, Nov 2008
2010J.H. WoodEarthquake Design of Rectangular Underground Structures published in NZSEE Bulletin 40(1): March 2007
2009G.H. LindupAdapting the structural design actions standard for the seismic design of new industrial plant published in NZSEE Bulletin 40(3): September 2007
2008R. Dhakal, J. Mander and N. MashikoIdentification of critical ground motions for seismic performance of structures published in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 35, February 2006, pp 989-1008
2007G.H. McVerry, J.X. Zhao, N.A. Abrahamson and P.G. SomervilleNew Zealand Acceleration Response Spectrum Attenuation Relations for Crustal and Subduction zone earthquakes published in NZSEE Bulletin 39(1): March 2006
2006S. PampaninEmerging Solutions for High Seismic Performance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Buildings published in Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology 3(2): June 2005
2005J. Matthews, D. Bull and J. ManderHollowcore Floor slab performance following a severe earthquake, FIB Conference, Athens, May 2003 (Citation)
2004K. Berrymann, G. Downes, P. Kingsbury, J. Pettinga, M. Stirling, R. Van Dissen, M. YettonThe tri-set of papers on the Earthquake Hazard and Risk Assessment of the Canterbury region all published in NZSEE Bulletin 34(4): December 2001 (Citation)
2003G.T. Hancox, N.D. Perrin and G.D. DellowRecent Studies of Historical Earthquake-Induced Landsliding Ground Damage and MM Intensity in NZ published in NZSEE Bulletin 35(2): June 2002
2002G.L. Downes, D.J. Dowrick, R.J. Van Dissen, J.J. Taber, G.T. Hancox, E.G.C. SmithThe 1942 Wairarapa, New Zealand, Earthquakes: Analysis of Observational and Instrumental Data published in NZSEE Bulletin 34(2): June 2001
2001M.J.N. PriestleyPerformance based seismic design published in NZSEE Bulletin 33(3): September 2000(12 WCEE keynote address)
2000M. Stirling, S. Wesnousky and K. BerrymanProbabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis of New Zealand published in New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 41(4)
1999R. Grapes and G. DownesThe 1855 Wairarapa, New Zealand, earthquake – analysis of historical data published in NZSEE Bulletin 30(4): December 1997
1998J.X. Zhao, D.J. Dowrick and G.H. McVerryAttenuation of Peak Ground Acceleration in New Zealand Earthquakes published in NZSEE Bulletin 30(2): June 1997
1997J.H. Wood and G.R. MartinEvaluation of Seismic Design Parameters for the Museum of New Zealand Site published in NZSEE Bulletin 28(2): June 1995
1996D.J. Dowrick, D.A. Rhoades, J. Babor and R.D. BeethamDamage rations for houses and microzoning effects in Napier in the magnitude 7.8 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, earthquake of 1931 published in NZSEE Bulletin 28(2): June 1995
1995T.J. Larkin and S. MarksThe Seismic Analysis of Sandy Sites published in NZSEE Bulletin 27(2): June 1994
1994J.B. Berrill, R.O. Davis and I.F. McCahonChristchurch seismic hazard pilot study published in NZSEE Bulletin 26(1): March 1993
1993R. Van Dissen, K.R. Berryman, J.R. Pettinga and N.L. HillPaleoseismicity of the Wellington-Hutt Valley segment of the Wellington fault published in Journal of Geology and Geophysics 35(2)
1992M. NishiyamaSeismic design of prestressed concrete buildings published in NZSEE Bulletin 23(4): December 1990
1991L.T. PhamA base-isolation design using spherically-ended rollers and telescopic shock absorbers published in NZSEE Bulletin 21(2): June 1988
1990R.C. Fenwick and L.M. MeggetSeismic behaviour of a reinforced concrete portal frame sustaining gravity loads published in NZSEE Bulletin 22(1): March 1989
1989T. Paulay and W.J. GoodsirThe ductility of structural walls published in NZSEE Bulletin 18(3): September 1985
1988T. Andriono and R. ParkSeismic design considerations of the properties of NZ manufactured steel reinforcing bars published in NZSEE Bulletin 19(3): September 1986
1987D.D. SpurrAn economic solution for stabilising a slender arch roof published in NZSEE Bulletin 19(2): June 1986
1986M.J.N. Priestley and D.R. BrunsdonAssessment of seismic performance characteristics of reinforced concrete buildings constructed between 1936 and 1975 published in NZSEE Bulletin 17(3): September 1984
1985P.R. Boardman, B.J. Wood and A.J. CarrUnion House: a cross-braced structure with energy dissipators published in NZSEE Bulletin 16(2): June 1983
1984All 19 members of the Bridge Study Group: J.B. Berrill, H.E. Chapman, R.W.G. Blakely, A.J. Carr, L.G. Cormack, F.D. Edmonds, R.W. Fisher, P.R. Goldsmith, J.B.S. Huizing, A.G. Lonnigan, J.F. McGuire, M.B. Matthewson, P.J. North, R. Park, R.L. Preston, M.J.N. Priestly, P.R. Standford, M.J. Stockwell and J.H. WoodNZNSEE Discussion Group on the Seismic Design of Bridges published in NZSEE Bulletin 13(3): September 1980
1983M.J.N. PriestleySeismic design of masonry buildings – background to the draft masonry design code DZ 4210 published in NZSEE Bulletin 13(4): December 1980
1982L.M. MeggetAnalysis and design of a base-isolated reinforced concrete frame building published in NZSEE Bulletin 11(4): December 1978
1981A.H. BuchananDiagonal beam reinforcing for ductile frames published in NZSEE Bulletin 12(4): December 1979
1980W.D. SmithStatistical estimates of the likelihood of earthquake shaking throughout New Zealand published in NZSEE Bulletin 9(4): December 1976
1979R.W.G. Blakeley, R. Cooney and L.M. MeggetSeismic shear loading at flexural capacity in cantilever wall structures published in NZSEE Bulletin 8(4): December 1975
1978R. Park and T. PaulayDuctile reinforced concrete frames – some comments on the special provisions for seismic design of ACI 31871 and on capacity design published in NZSEE Bulletin 8(1): March 1975