Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops will run on Tuesday 13 April 2021. Sign up to the workshops here.

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Workshop #1:

NZSEE – QuakeCoRE Scenario Workshop for Early Career Professionals and Researchers
Contact person: Claire Pascua
Proposed time: 5pm – 8pm
Number of spaces: limited to first 50 participants

Description: NZSEE and QuakeCoRE are hosting a pre-conference workshop with the aim to bring together early career professionals and researchers for some casual networking and problem solving experience. Please join us on Tuesday 13 April 5pm to 8pm at University of Canterbury for a creative interactive workshop involving a New Zealand case study, as well as networking over pizza and drinks.

All early career industry professionals, consultants, students, post-doctoral researchers, and lecturers are invited. Please register through the NZSEE 2021 Conference website. Please note, places are limited to the first 50 registrants. No preparation is required by attendees for this event. Just bring yourselves with a keen interest to participate.


Workshop #2:
Earthquake Engineering Research for the Residential Sector
Contact person: Tim Sullivan
12:30 PM – 3 PM Workshop
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Optional Structural Engineering Lab Tour

Description: The Canterbury Earthquakes illustrated the large financial losses and multi-year community disruption to NZs residential sector, with significant implications on mental health and the disaster insurance market. These impacts are particularly relevant given NZ’s on-going efforts to increase the construction of new houses. This workshop, co-hosted by NZSEE and QuakeCoRE, will consider the ways that engineering could help improve the resilience of housing, looking at recent and on-going research as well as seeking to identify key engineering research needs.

Lunch will not be provided.
Anyone wishing to join the optional Lab Tour will need to provide their own PPE (Steel-toe shoes and high-visibility vest)
This workshop will be limited to the first 50 participants that register


Workshop #3:
Large-scale structural testing – Past experiences and future research needs
Contact person: Rick Henry
Timing: 9.30am-12.00pm

Description:  Historically the development of structural systems has relied primarily on component and connection tests.  With the increasing focus on system level response more complex large-scale testing is required.  In many cases these tests require laboratory facilities that beyond that available in NZ and partnerships with international collaborators and laboratories are necessary.  This workshop will examine recent large-scale collaborative tests that have been conducted and planned, focusing on the objectives of the tests and lessons learned.  Discussion will then focus on the current research needs and identifying opportunities for future large-scale testing, with input desired from researchers, practicing engineers, and other stakeholders.  The workshop will assist in developing the research plan within the “Whole-of-Building Seismic Performance” discipline theme within QuakeCoRE phase 2.


Workshop #4:
Human Responses to Earthquakes
Contact person: David Johnston and Marion Tan
Timing: 9.ooam-12.00pm

 Description: NZSEE and QuakeCoRE are hosting a pre-conference workshop with the aim to bring together professionals and researches to explore human responses to earthquakes. Until recently there has been limited understanding about the relationship between human behaviour during earthquake shaking and risk of injury. Comprehending human behaviour during shaking is important because with a better understanding of the actions that put people at risk, and the contexts within which these actions occur, we can contemplate how to enhance safety (including via engineering solutions, or the promotion of life safety actions such as Drop, Cover Hold).   The workshop aims to build on our current knowledge to develop a research agenda to investigate human behaviour immediately prior to and during earthquake shaking

Key research questions for discussion include:

  • How do people respond to a) earthquake shaking and b) earthquake warnings?
  • Do responses vary across different temporal, spatial, social and cultural contexts?
  • Why do people respond in the ways they do? (What are the key factors that influence appropriate behavioural responses, and how do these factors interact?)
  • How can we ensure people remain safe during earthquake shaking? (e.g. through undertaking appropriate actions learned during exercises and education; through engineering solutions?).


Assessment and mitigation of liquefaction hazards
Contact Person: Maxim Millen
Time: 1-5pm
Location: University of Canterbury
Mode: on-site and via Zoom

As one of the principal earthquake hazards affecting land and infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand, soil liquefaction has been the focus of QuakeCoRE research within the Flagship Programme 2 (FP2). This workshop presents a range of FP2 research projects and their key findings including current and future challenges associated with liquefaction problems. Topics include: liquefaction behaviour of Christchurch sandy soils, liquefaction characteristics of pumiceous soils, learnings from liquefaction case histories from recent New Zealand earthquakes, lateral spreading assessment, soil-structure interaction, quantifying system response effects, and application of both simplified and advanced analyses to liquefaction problems. The research studies investigate the efficacy of common liquefaction evaluation procedures and provide new insights and understanding towards enhancement of the current state-of-practice for liquefaction evaluation and mitigation.