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Nominations for the 2018 – 19 NZSEE Management Committee are open. The Society members annually elect nine of their members to the Management Committee. All current members of the Management Committee are eligible, except two, to be re-elected if they wish to have their nomination put forward.

Nominations shall be on a form supplied by the Executive Officer (copy of nomination form available from HERE), shall be signed by the candidate, his or her proposer and seconder, all of… Continue reading

This earthquake in Central Mexico occurred as the result of normal faulting at a depth of approximately 50 km. Focal mechanism solutions indicate that the earthquake occurred on a moderately dipping fault, striking either to the southeast, or to the northwest. The event is near, but not directly on, the plate boundary between the Cocos and North America plates in the region.

The earthquake has caused significant damage in Mexico City, with many multi-storey building collapsed causing tragic loss… Continue reading

The Earthquake Commission is generously providing a number of travel grants-in-aid for NZ based earthquake engineering students and practitioners to attend the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) in Chile in January 2017. The WCEE, which is held once every four years since 1956, represents one of the largest international gatherings of experts and future leaders active in earthquake engineering.  WCEE is an important forum for the exchange of findings and experiences in mitigating the effects of earthquakes… Continue reading

Information compiled by Dr. Caroline Holden (GNS)


General scientific info on the Mw 5.7 February 14th earthquake:

GeoNet info: (Link 1,Link 2)

PGA shakemap:


The “ShakeMap” above shows the shaking intensity as determined by GeoNet instruments and modelled against ground conditions (Horspool et al., 2015). This map is preliminary and people are advised to use actual recorded data if possible. The map is based on the ground motion… Continue reading

A Mw6.4 earthquake struck Southern Taiwan at 3:57am local time on 6 February 2016 with a depth of 23 km. The city of Tainan (population 1.9M (2014)), approximately 48 km from the epicentre, has been reported as the worst affected city. NZSEE’s thoughts are with the victims and their family as rescue and relief work continues.

The NZSEE Learning from Earthquakes committee is monitoring the situation closely to consider the opportunities to learn from this event. Information about… Continue reading

On 7 May, Minister Steven Joyce and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) announced funding for four new Centres of Research Excellence (https://beehive.govt.nz/release/four-more-centres-research-excellence-funded), including  QuakeCoRE: Centre for Earthquake Resilience.  This announcement is the culmination of a nearly two-year national effort to secure a CoRE addressing challenges in earthquake engineering and resilience.  The original proposal, developed as a strong collaboration between University of Canterbury and University of Auckland, was unsuccessful in the first competition in 2013-14.… Continue reading

Two new sections of the 2006 AISPBE guidelines have been released. These include

  • a revised Section 10 – Seismic Assessment of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings, and
  • a new Section 14 – Geotechnical Considerations.

These two sections represent significant developments of the AISPBE guidelines. They are made available through the MBIE and EQC funded review of the NZSEE 2006 Guidelines.

Section 10 can be downloaded from HERE

Section 14 can be downloaded from HERE


Dear NZSEE Members,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you Professor Nigel Priestley passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 23 in Christchurch, surrounded by his wife and children, after a long battle with cancer.

Nigel revolutionised the design of structures to resist earthquakes and made everlasting impact on the higher education for earthquake engineers in NZ, US and Europe. Nigel received numerous honours for his immense contribution to the science and art of Earthquake engineering. Amongst these, it… Continue reading

The South Napa Earthquake Learning from Earthquake (LFE) mission seminar recording is now available online. Seminars by Bruce Galloway and Jason Ingham were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch . NZSEE thanks EQC and MBIE for their generous financial contributions which have made the LFE program possible. Special thanks to EERI and a number of other U.S. organisations which have assisted the mission greatly. More info available at: http://www.nzsee.org.nz/seminars/2014-2/galloway-ingham-napa-lfe-seminar/

The Initial Evaluation Procedure (IEP), as set out in Section 3 of the AISPBE Guidelines, has been extensively revised to include additional explanatory material to assist assessors to complete an Initial Seismic Assessment (ISA).  The changes to this section are intended to improve understanding and consistency in the application of the procedures.

If previous assessments using the IEP procedure have been completed with the required level of judgment, the current changes are not expected to lead to… Continue reading