What is Earthquake Engineering?
Earthquake Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. It includes assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms, preparing communities for earthquakes, understanding how the earthquake energy is trasmitted and much more.
Earthquake Engineering includes:
- Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquaker to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be.
- Understanding how the earthquake energy trasmits through the ground.
- Quantifying the likely ground surface responses at a specific site throughout the life of a structure.
- Assessing the liquefaction potential of soils at specific sites.
- Designing structures and lifeline services (electricity, gas, transport, water and wastewater) to minimise the damage and disruption during and after an earthquake.
- Planning for emergency response and post-earthquake recovery.
- Preparing communities for earthquakes.
The postgraduate qualifications in earthquake engineering are:
- A Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering, endorsed in earthquake engineering,PGCertEng (Earthquake). This is a 6 month programme of coursework.
- A Master of Engineering Studies, endorsed in earthquake engineering, MEngSt (Earthquake). This is a 12 month programme of coursework.
- A Master of Engineering, endorsed in earthquake engineering, ME (Earthquake). This is a nominally a 18 month programme involving courses (6 months) and thesis (1 year).
- A Doctor of Philosophy, endorsed in earthquake engineering, PhD (Earthquake). This is nominally a 3 year programme of research (thesis).
- Earthquake Engineering course list
Please note that unless applicants have a strong background in earthquake engineering, they will only be admitted in the February of each year.
The following departmental academic staff members are teaching and researching in this area:
- Tony Abu - NZFSC Lecturer in Fire Engineering
- Brendon Bradley - Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering
- Des Bull - Adjunct Professor in Concrete Design
- Misko Cubrinovski - Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
- Rajesh Dhakal - Professor of Structural Engineering
- Sonia Giovinazzi - Research Fellow in Seismic Risk Assessment
- Chin-Long Lee - Lecturer in Structural Engineering
- Greg MacRae - Associate Professor of Structural Engineering
- Alessandro Palermo - Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering
- Stefano Pampanin - Professor of Structural Engineering
- Allan Scott - Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering
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