Civil and Natural Resources Engineering News

Alessandro Palermo RNZ

09 October 2020

UC CNRE's Professor, Alessandro Palermo talks to RNZ's Kathryn Ryan about how the Auckland Harbour Bridge has faced an increased load as it surpassed its design life of 50 years

Rosa Wallace

08 October 2020

Congratulations to Rosa Wallace for her win of the inaugural Stantec Jim Bradley Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to a student who excels both academically and in their future aspirations in civil and natural resources engineering.

Eric Scheepbouwer

06 October 2020

A collaborative team of academics and professionals including CNRE’s Senior Lecturer in Construction Management, Eric Scheepbouwer has won 10M$ incl. in the 2020 Endeavour round at MBIE for a proposal called “Creating Capacity and Capability for the New Zealand Construction Sector”

Justin Brown

01 October 2020

Earthquake Engineering PhD Candidate, Justin Brown, is working to promote safe buildings and to provide innovative timber seismic design

Alessandro Palermo, Cain Stratford, UC Engineering

29 September 2020

Surrounded by ocean, most of New Zealand’s reinforced-concrete infrastructure lies close to the coast, making it susceptible to corrosion. Could new glass-based reinforcing hold the answer?

Claire Dong

18 September 2020

Congratulations to Claire (Siqi) Dong who is the recipient of the Lewis Bradford Structural Engineering Prize 2020


16 September 2020

A simple, low-cost, open source, 3D-printed solution developed by University of Canterbury engineers could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world.

Gabriele Chiaro

07 September 2020

Led by a University of Canterbury engineer, researchers are drilling deep into Marlborough land to gain new understanding of liquefaction in gravelly soils, and the impact of their findings will reach beyond our shores.

UC Connect Resiliance

03 September 2020

A decade after the September 2010 earthquake, University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering technology is being used to quake-proof buildings, build the “Ferrari of bridges”, and predict the future in order to save lives in these shaky isles and around the world.

student-Jane Alexander

27 August 2020

Fluid Mechanics PhD Candidate Jane Alexander talks about her passion for sustainability.

Gabriele Chiaro

26 August 2020

UC CNRE’s Senior Lecturer Gabriele Chiaro has won the 2020 NZ Society of Earthquake Engineering Otto Glogau Award for the best paper published in their Bulletin within the past three years.


30 July 2020

CNRE' s Hongqiang Ma is creating new, sustainable solutions to seismic issues with NZ concrete infrastructures.


20 July 2020

Muhammad Rashid, a CNRE PhD student, is studying how building sprinklers can control fires caused by earthquakes


17 July 2020

Alessandro Palermo has been awarded the ASCE Alfred Noble Prize for a 2019 paper he co-authored with UC PhD graduate Dr Mustafa Mashal.

2020 EQC grants

15 July 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) research will receive nearly half of the Earthquake Commission’s (EQC) revamped $3 million University Research Programme to support EQC’s aim of building New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards.


04 July 2020

The Development of Seismic Detailing and Design for more Resilient Bridge Piers


29 June 2020

Afrooz Bayat is doing her PhD in Environmental Engineering working on biogas

Mofreh Saleh

26 June 2020

An improved testing system for road materials could make our state highways safer and more robust to withstand years of heavy traffic. A new, modified “wheel tracker” device developed by University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Mofreh Saleh is a more accurate way of testing the strength and durability of the materials used to construct new roads.


25 June 2020

HydroEcological Engineering PhD candidate Fabio Silveira is helping to improve water quality around us.


19 June 2020

New academic joins the team, but is stuck offshore.


19 June 2020

This week CNRE's Professor Nilsson presented on fire crowd safety to the Swedish Fire Research Foundation.

Tom Logan

17 June 2020

UC lecturer Tom Logan discusses his research in response to the 11 projects announced as the first tranche of infrastructure developments to kickstart New Zealand's economic recovery. His research makes the case that communities become more resilient to future crises when people have access to basic services such as supermarkets, hospitals and schools in article on The Conversation.


18 May 2020

CNRE researchers and students and Trimble have been using Augmented Reality in architecture and construction projects


05 May 2020

Congratulations to Professor Misko Cubrinovski who has been awarded highest honour lecture in geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Shayne Gooch

05 May 2020

The University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering is offering a new opportunity that fast-tracks entry into a professional engineering degree, especially tailored for technically skilled workers whose jobs may have been impacted by the pandemic.

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