The NZSEE Annual Awards are now open!

The NZSEE Management Committee has undergone a review of the NZSEE Annual Awards. The awards committee, in consultations with our award partners, namely Toka Tū Ake EQC and Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE have been working on revising the award criteria for three awards in particular: The Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award, The NZSEE/QuakeCoRE Emerging Women Leaders in Earthquake Engineering Award, and the Seismic Resilience Award, which is now renamed in honour of one of our life members and is now called the John Hollings Seismic Resilience Award. We now welcome applicants to apply for these prestigious awards. A summary of each award and a link to the more detailed award criteria is provided below.

The Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award

The Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award aims to advance the common interest of Toka Tū Ake EQC and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Incorporated (NZSEE) in promoting advancements in the research and/or practice of earthquake engineering and/or earthquake resilience, which reduces the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities. The Toka Tū Ake EQC /NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award includes a prize of $10,000.

The award criteria has been revised to emphasise that this award is open to both practitioners and researchers contributing to reducing the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities, as well as to applicants from disciplines other than engineering.

For more information and details on how to apply please click here

NZSEE/QuakeCoRE Emerging Women Leaders in Earthquake Engineering Award

Established in 2019, this award was established to recognize younger women from engineering practice and/or academia for emerging leadership in the field of earthquake engineering. The intent of the award is to support increased participation of women in leadership roles in earthquake engineering. Applicants should be in the developing or expanding stage of her career and will be judged on a combination of past accomplishments and future potential. It is expected the awardee will use the award to further her career goals in earthquake engineering. The NZSEE/QuakeCoRE Emerging Women Leaders in Earthquake Engineering Award includes a prize of $10,000.

In recognition that this award is about leadership in the field of earthquake engineering, the award criteria has been revised to more clearly outline the wide range of potential ways in which leadership can be displayed.

For more information and for details on how to apply please click here

John Hollings Seismic Resilience in Practice Award

This award, originally named the Seismic Resilience Award, was established in 2019. Case study projects from practice are sought that have the objective of providing enhanced seismic resilience in an earthquake event.  Submitted projects may be new builds or seismic retrofits and can be a building, structure, or infrastructure.

This award has been renamed the John Hollings Award for Seismic Resilience in Practice Award, in honour of John’s pioneering work in seismic resilience. His 1960s technical papers on reinforced concrete design and high rise structures generally led the way in thinking about how to design buildings that can withstand large earthquakes, through the use of a considered hierarchy of strength and the use of ductility within structural members. The concepts he pioneered led to significant subsequent research and changes to New Zealand’s building codes.

The award criteria has been modified to include both seismic retrofits as well as new-build projects, and widened to include all projects that seek to enhance seismic resilience of the structure or infrastructure.

For more information and details on how to apply please click here

NZSEE Research Scholarship
 

The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering awards an annual Research Scholarship for applicants undertaking worthwhile research projects in earthquake engineering at New Zealand universities and research institutes. The objectives of the scholarship are to promote research in earthquake engineering and encourage students of high ability to continue advanced studies in earthquake engineering. The NZSEE Scholarship 2023 will have a value of $5,000.

For more information and for details on how to apply please click here

Otto Glogau Award
 

Otto Glogau, Chief Structural Engineer of the Ministry of Works, was a great thinker in the development of engineering concepts and design loadings for improving the structural performance of buildings to resist earthquake effects.  Otto played a large part in the pioneering development of the 1976 Loadings Code. 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.  Those eligible are authors, whether members or non-members of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, of any paper published in the NZSEE Bulletin within the previous three years. The award is in the form of $1,000 to purchase books or related items.

For more information and details on how to apply please click here

NZSEE/SCNZ Best Steel Paper Award

Introduced in 2021, the SCNZ Best Steel Paper Award is for the best steel focused paper published in the proceedings of the NZSEE Conference for that year. The criteria for best steel paper selection include quality of paper, contribution to engineering knowledge, future significance, originality and value to the New Zealand structural steel fabrication sector. The Award comprises a certificate and a $1,000 cash prize.

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NZSEE/NZ Timber Design Society Best Timber Paper Award

Introduced in 2022, the NZSEE/NZ Timber Design Society best Timber Paper Award is for the Best Timber focused paper published in the proceedings of the NZSEE Conference for that year. The Award comprises a certificate and $1,000 cash prize and will be announced at the annual NZSEE Conference.

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