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Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the organising committee, it is our pleasure to present the proceedings of the 2011 Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering (PCEE), held at The University of Auckland from 14 to 16 April.

The PCEE, held once every four years since 1975, has grown over time to attract earthquake engineers from throughout the Pacific region and many from further afield. This ninth conference in the series promised another important forum for the exchange of findings and experiences in mitigating the effects of earthquake and earthquake related hazards around the Pacific Rim.

The conference theme, ‘Building an Earthquake Resilient Society’, challenged participants to re-evaluate the requirements of a truly resilient society beyond the engineering context, and to incorporate the social, economic and human dimensions of earthquake engineering. Keynote presentations that explore aspects of the conference theme will be presented by eminent individuals in the field of Earthquake Engineering at the start of each day.

The conference, held soon after the two devestating earthquakes in Canterbury and Christchurch, features a number of presentations on the aftermath of both events. Many of the technical papers on this CD present the situation as it was after the 4 September 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) Earthquake, with some updates following the far more more destructive 22 February Christchurch (Port Hills) Aftershock. A selection of the presentations will be posted on the NZSEE web site after the conference.

Quincy Ma and Jason Ingham
Co-convenors of the 2011 PCEE