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A photograph of the Greendale fault surface rupture.

Canterbury Earthquake Research Programme 2012-15

In Budget 2011, Government made available to the Platform  $12M  GST ex for studies that addressed the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes and lessons that could be applied to other centres. A percentage of this funding (25%) was allocated to contest (♦ Link to research programme)

See Also - Short Term Recovery Programme

  • Following the February 2011 earthquake, Government allocated $2M (GST ex) in emergency funding to develop projects addressing Christchurch recovery needs. The Short Term Recovery Programme (STRP) generated critical data that was taken up by key stakeholders and presented at the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Canterbury Earthquakes  (♦ Link).

See Also - Contest 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Research Programme, 2012-15

THEME: Enhanced earthquake hazard and risk assessment

Rethinking PSHA through ensemble modeling - Matt Gerstenberger (GNS)    
  • 2015 The Second Joint Meeting on Seismic Hazard Assessment between Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand -Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (♦ LINK) plus  'Rethinking PSHA : summary of research prioritisation workshops' (Link to GNS Science Report)
  • Rhoades et al In Press Multiplicative Earthquake Likelihood Models Based on Fault and Earthquake Data. Bull Seismol Soc America (Available online).
  • Rhoades et al (2016) Retrospective tests of hybrid operational earthquake forecasting models for Canterbury. Geophysical Journal International 204 (1): 440-456 (Available online)
What is NZ’s true earthquake risk profile? - Andrew King (GNS)    
  • BOCCHINI, G. M., GIOVINAZZI, S., POMONIS, A., PAMPANIN, S., INGHAM, J. M., KING, A.  (2015) New Zealand contributions to the global earthquake model’s earthquake consequences database (GEMECD).  Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering.
  • King A, Cousins WJ (2015) Temporal and building use implications on earthquake risk evaluation, Paper O-49, 2015 Conference of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering.
  • Lin, S.-L.; Uma, S.R.; King, A.B.; Horspool, N.A. 2016 A compiled and extensible database for building damage from the 2010-2011 earthquake sequence in Canterbury, New Zealand. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2016/30. iii, 29 p.

THEME: Geotechnical Engineering Studies

Platform-ECAN liquefaction study  
  • One of the first projects developed to address the "lessons learned from Christchurch," this work was supported by the Natural Hazards Research Platform and Environment Canterbury, with input from Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council. Read more here.
Impacts of soil liquefaction on land, buildings and buried pipe networks - Misko Cubrinovski (UOC)
Evidence of prior large earthquakes from paleoliquefaction - Peter Almond (Lincoln)  

By identifying evidence of paleoliquefaction, Almond's team can begin to shape a history of past earthquake where no evidence of surface rupture exists.  Their findings can also help councils and hazard management groups identify areas that need geotechnical assessment prior to further development.

Quantifying the seismic response of slopes in Christchurch and Wellington - Chris Massey (GNS)   
  • Broadband ground motion modelling of the largest M5.9+ aftershocks of the Canterbury 2010-2011 earthquake sequence for seismic slope response studies. Holden, C.; Kaiser, A.E.; Massey, C.I. 2014 Broadband ground motion modelling of the largest M5.9+ aftershocks of the Canterbury 2010-2011 earthquake sequence for seismic slope response studies. Lower Hutt, NZ: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2014/13. 48 p. (Link GNS Science Reports)
  • Quantifying the seismic response of slopes in Christchurch and Wellington. Hancox, G.T.; Perrin, N.D.; Lukovic, B.; Massey, C.I. 2015 Quantifying the seismic response of slopes in Christchurch and Wellington : Wellington slope types and characterisation. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2013/58. 40 p. + appendices [April 2015] (Link GNS Science Reports)

THEME: Reassessing building and infrastructure performance objectives and criteria for major earthquakes

Seismically safer buildings - Clifton (UOA) & Pampanin (UOC)
  • Patel VJ, Van BC, Henry RS, Clifton GC (2015) Effect of reinforcing steel bond on the cracking behaviour of lightly reinforced concrete members. Construction and Building Materials, 96, pp. 238-247. 
  • Mahrenholtz, C., Akguzel, U., Eligehausen, R., Pampanin, S. (2014) New Design Methodology for Seismic Column-to-Foundation anchorage connections. ACI Structural Journal 111(5): 1179-1189.
  • Loporcaro G,  Pampanin S, & Kral MV (2015) Experimental validation of “the hardness method” to estimate the residual ductility of plastically deformed steel reinforcement, Paper O-44, 2015 Conference of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering
Implementation pathway for performance-based design - (Uma (GNS) & Dhakal (UOC)
  • Mieler, D.H.; Uma, S.R.; Wright, K.C. 2014 Overcoming the barriers to uptake of low damage construction : perceptions from researchers, industry professionals, and end users. Lower Hutt, NZ: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2014/38. 55 p.(Link GNSScience Reports)
  • Uma, S.R.; Dhakal, R.P.; MacRae, G.A. 2013 Implementation of low damage construction : what are the challenges?. paper no. 52 (10 p.) In: Same risks, new realities : New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Technical Conference and AGM, April 26-28, 2013, Wellington
  • SQuADS (Subjective Quantitative Assessment Decision Support Tool) - A free online interactive decision-support tool. SQuADS allows the user to trial a variety of engineering solutions to identify what works best for their needs in terms of performance and cost.
Soil interaction on foundations and whole structures - Nawawi Chouw (UOA)  
  • Lim E, Qin X, Chouw N (2015) Dynamic interaction of a primary-secondary system considering soil-structure interaction, 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Christchurch, 2-4 November 2015
  • Lim, E., Chouw, N. (2015) Review of approaches for analysing secondary structures in earthquakes and evaluation of floor response spectrum approach, International Journal of Protective Structures. 6(2).
  • Pender MJ (2015) Effect of earthquake induced inertia loads on shallow foundation bearing strength, Paper O-60, 2015 Conference of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 
Performance of unreinforced masonry - Jason Ingham (UOA)

THEME: Contribution to the development of more robust socio-economic impact models using data from the Canterbury earthquake case study 

Understanding factors that build iwi resilience in the Canterbury context - Christine Kenney (JCDR)
Canterbury well-being index - Johnston (GNS) & Morgan (CERA)
Enhancing the role of community-based recovery - Suzanne Vallance (Lincoln)    
Synthesis of Social & Economic Recovery Research - David Johnston (GNS Science/Massey)
  • The 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence: Personal, Social, Governance and Environmental Consequences, Douglas Paton & David Johnston (Eds.) IN International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 14, Part 1, Pages 1-104 (December 2015)
  • Special Issue: Contested meanings of recovery: a critical exploration of the Canterbury earthquakes–voices from the social sciences. Kōtuitui, Nov 2015, Guest editors: Bruce Glavovic, David Johnston and Ruth McManus

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