Tag Archives: Seismic Design

Seismic Risk & Resilience

Recently my profession has come under a bit of fire for sub-par performance of buildings and failure to prosecute the engineers behind the CTV building collapse. The main response seems to have been re-branding from “The Institute of Professional Engineers … Continue reading

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Design Spectra

Wellington has been beset by some seismic activity over the past few days. I have been rather blasé about them, perhaps because I haven’t been anywhere near anything that I think is likely to be seriously affected. From Canterbury, we have … Continue reading

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The Shifting Goalpost of Seismic Design

One of my little hobby horses as an engineer is the optimism of builders. You see, most builders build something and then leave site with it looking fine. So they never see the long-term problems that emerge from certain poor … Continue reading

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The New Building Standard

Recently I’ve had a few conversations with people about the so-called “New Building Standard”, which is part of the suite of ideas intended to make buildings in NZ “safe”. By now it’s pretty well percolated through the world at large … Continue reading

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Risk Averse

A little while ago, one of the directors of a large consultancy sent an “open” letter out to various engineering colleagues. This eventually filtered down to me via one of my friends in a large consultancy, and I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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Another perspective…

I’m seeing a lot of photos and videos being posted and reposted about Christchurch showing the terrible damage to a lot of the older historical brick buildings. Now, this is all very exciting, but it is not news. Which is … Continue reading

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The problem with brick

Over the course of the last 10 years I seem to oscillate between learning and teaching. I don’t seem to have yet had too lengthy a period where I was content with my own level of knowledge, and keeping it … Continue reading

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