2020 NZSEE Non-Structural Seismic Performance Webinar 2 – Registration Open

Registration is now open for the second of two non-structural seismic performance webinars.

NZSEE Non-Structural Webinars | 2
Summary of Recent Research and Development, and a Client Perspective

NZSEE is pleased to invite you to the second of two webinars on non-structural seismic performance co-chaired by Helen Ferner (NZSEE President) and Tim Sullivan (University of Canterbury). We would like to acknowledge and thank our series partner EQC, who is providing support for these events.

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 12-1.30pm

This webinar includes perspectives from a client-side project manager, as well as a developer and supplier of seismic restraint systems. We will also hear a summary of recent research at the University of Canterbury in the field of non-structural performance.

Registering will provide you with login details for the webinar.  Numbers are limited so please only register if you plan to attend. Anyone may attend; however preference will be given to NZSEE members if places are oversubscribed.

Trials & Tribulations with Seismic Restraints from a NZ Newcomer

Todd Riordan
Project Director, Johnstaff

Landing in Christchurch on Friday 31st July 2015 from Chicago, I kicked off the Concept Design for the new $72M Christchurch Hospital Outpatients Project on Monday without ever having lived through an earthquake let alone any clue what seismic restraints were or the best way to procure their design and installation.

Over the last five years as a client-side Project Manager in New Zealand, I’ve been personally challenged to comprehend the impacts of partition, ceiling and building services seismic restraint design, procurement and installation for complex healthcare and laboratory projects.  Leveraging my previous experience as a construction contractor Superintendent and Project Manager in the US, I’ve asked a lot of dumb questions to a lot of smart engineers and contractors to understand why seismic restraints appear to be a pain point for a large number of projects.  Taking on-board these insights, I hope to share with you what I’ve learned about deviating from the business-as-usual strategy of procuring seismic restraint design and installation—which has proved, over my short tenure in New Zealand, to be successful for my clients.

Non Structural Streetwise

Shaun Evans and Scott Simpson
Directors, TRACKLOK

TRACKLOK® have worked with contractors and sub trades over the last seven years to build consistency in non-structural wall and ceiling solutions. This approach to ground up thinking has provided the construction industry with the tools, knowledge and systems to provide seismic solutions that work on many levels. Not an easy task to achieve, but industry know how, combined with contractors thirst for knowledge has led to ubiquitous solutions. What has been learnt now raises questions about the need for standardised testing parameters and accountability.

Understanding and improving seismic performance of non-structural elements: Research Perspective

Rajesh Dhakal
Professor of Structural Earthquake Engineering, University of Canterbury

A summary of recent research projects will be presented aimed at understanding inherent weaknesses in current non-structural element (NSE) design and installation practice and developing high-performance (low-damage) NSEs. The presentation will also introduce a seismic classification/rating framework for NSEs that is likely to facilitate consistent performance-based design of NSEs.

The presentations will be followed by time for questions and discussion with speakers and this session’s co-chairs Helen Ferner (NZSEE President) and Tim Sullivan (University of Canterbury). We look forward to seeing you there.