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Entries are invited for the 2016 Earthquake Strengthening Awards.

Case studies of seismic retrofit projects are sought, with awards to be given in the following categories:

- Award for Best Engineering Solution
- Award for Best Adaptive Re-use
- Award for Best Project under $1m
- Award for Best Heritage Project
- Award for Overall Winner

- Highly commended Award – Residential
- Highly commended Award – Commercial

All entries received will be on public display at the 2016 NZ… Continue reading

Entries are now open for the 2015 Earthquake Strengthening Awards.

Case studies of seismic retrofit projects are sought, with awards to be given in the following categories:

 

- Best Engineering Solution

- Best Adaptive Re-use

- Best project under $1m

- Heritage Award

- Overall Winner

 

- Highly commended – Residential

- Highly commended – Commercial

 

All entries received will be on public display at the 2015 NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering Conference at the Rotorua Energy… Continue reading

Entries are now open for the 2014 Earthquake Strengthening Awards.
Case studies of seismic retrofit projects are sought, with awards to be given in the following categories:

Best Engineering Solution
Best Adaptive Re-use
Best project under $1m
Heritage Award
Overall Winner

Highly commended – Residential
Highly commended – Commercial

 

All entries received will be on public display at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, for the duration of the Resilient Auckland Expo 21 -22 March, and at the 2014 New Zealand… Continue reading

Nominations are now being sought for members of the Management Committee for 2014-15.

Attached here is a nomination form for the election of the 2014 – 15 Management Committee. Society members annually elect nine of their members to the Management Committee.

Nominations shall be on forms supplied by the Executive Officer, shall be signed by the candidate, his or her proposer and seconder, all of whom shall be financial members of the Society. The completed Nomination Form shall reach the… Continue reading

Applications are invited for the 2014 NZSEE Awards.

These include:

1. 2014 EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award

The award is provided for the Advancement of Earthquake Engineering Research in New Zealand

2. The 2013 Otto Glogau Award

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.

3. NZSEE Research Scholarship 2014

The objectives of the scholarship are to promote research in earthquake engineering… Continue reading

EQC has recently launched a new public information campaign, “Fix, Fasten and don’t Forget”.

This from the EQC news release on the new campaign:

“If the Canterbury and Cook Strait earthquakes have taught us anything – it’s that earthquakes can strike anytime, anywhere in New Zealand, so fix fasten – don’t forget!

This is the simple message the Earthquake Commission (EQC) aims to drive home through its compelling advertising campaign which began its run in movie theatres outside Canterbury, starting… Continue reading

The Press has recently reported on the testing of Ministry of Education classroom buildings, a project led by Graeme Beattie, Principal Structural Engineer at BRANZ and past President of NZSEE.

 

The article, titled Classrooms exceed safety standards, follows:

 

“Christchurch school buildings are not showing “fatigue” after years of quakes and the country’s 1950s classrooms appear stronger than new codes require, testing has found.

“The Ministry of Education believes it will save hundreds of millions of dollars after… Continue reading

NZSEE is a member organisation of the Engineering Reference Group (ERG), a group which was was formed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) earlier this year.

The following is a report from the ERG on the formation of the group, its purpose and its activities to date:

Formation of the Engineering Reference Group

The Canterbury Earthquake sequence and subsequent Royal Commission of Inquiry into building failure has focused public attention on building design and standards as well… Continue reading

The papers from the 2013 NZSEE conference are now available from the NZSEE website.

They can be accessed from the conferences tab on the homepage, or from the following links:

For Oral presentation papers click here.

For Poster papers click here.

A photo gallery from the conference is also available online here.

 

Note that the slideshows that accompanied the oral presentations are available for download by password access only. A password will be emailed to all conference attendees.

Caroline Holden and Quincy Ma have put together an information page located on the NZSEE website, related to the the Cook Strait and Lake Grassmere earthquake sequences.

It is located at this link. More information will be included and linked to as it comes to hand.

The page provides:

- Links to scientific information on the Geonet website,

- Instructions on how to download strong-motion data and response spectra,

- and extra useful information.
Please contact Caroline Holden … Continue reading