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 earthquakes 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.
- See current research being conducted by research groups within the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
Students must have previously completed relevant studies in Engineering or Science, including a bachelor's degree with honours, and/or relevant postgraduate qualifications.
Students will be admitted into the subject in February of each year by approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry, unless they already have a strong Earthquake Engineering background.
See the individual qualification webpages for more information on entry requirements and applications:
Please see the Department's website for up-to-date location details.
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