Earthquake Engineering

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Earthquake Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. The subject includes:

  • Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquake to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be
  • Understanding how the earthquake energy transmits 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

Unless applicants have a strong background in earthquake engineering, they will only be admitted in the February of each year.

Qualifications available


All courses in Earthquake Engineering or see our block courses timetable.

For more information please contact:

Tim Sullivan

Civil and Natural Resources Engineering E437
Internal Phone: 92263

Giuseppe Lopocaro

Lecturer, Architectural Engineering
Director of Studies, Earthquake Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E311