Earthquake Engineering

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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:

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:

For advice on Earthquake Engineering

Brendon Bradley

Director of QuakeCoRE
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E304
Internal Phone: 92156

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