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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

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

 

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

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

RESIST is software for preliminary structural designs of buildings for wind and earthquake loads. For use by architecture students, engineering students, architects and structural engineers, it’s unique for its user-friendliness and the absence of hand calculations.

RESIST is now freely downloadable from the New Zealand National Society for Earthquake Engineering website http://www.nzsee.org.nz/publications/other-publications/resist/.  RESIST allows irregularly-shaped building plans, incorporates accurate torsion modelling, and complies with current New Zealand Standards. Refer to the RESIST “User Guide”  (Help section), for… Continue reading

The Society is monitoring and assessing the developments following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, CA, U.S.A.

Some preliminary information can be found at the links below:

USGS Pager: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc72282711#pager

The California Earthquake clearinghouse : http://www.californiaeqclearinghouse.org/

Comparison between Lake Grassmere and Napa: http://www.nzsee.org.nz/projects/napa-earthquake-usa-24082014/

We request society members to inform the webmaster (webmaster@nzsee.org.nz) should they have any additional relevant information or suggestions regarding a Society response.

Dear NZSEE Member,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you Dr. Ivan Skinner has passed away suddenly on 9 July in Australia, aged 90.

Many of us know Ivan and his achievements very well. Ivan leaves New Zealand and the world a legacy of earthquake engineering advancements. As a life member of NZSEE, he has been a staunch supporter of the Society and its activities. Without Ivan, our annual conference will not be the same. We… Continue reading

The papers from the 2014 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.

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