Civil and natural resources engineering

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Our Civil and Natural Resources at UC is ranked in the top 100 worldwide Civil Engineering departments. We have an international reputation that is the envy of other universities. 

From earthquakes to renewable energy, researchers across all our disciplines are among world leaders in developing new technology and responses. We have many active research groups including groups in Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrological and Ecological Engineering, and Earthquake Engineering. 

The UC Quake Centre (UCQC) is a dynamic partnership between the New Zealand Government, the University of Canterbury, and several leading industry groups, all working together in the engineering sector to provide world-class knowledge, research and solutions to seismic issues.

Research strengths

Areas of current research fire engineering include:

  • Computer modelling
  • Fire dynamics 
  • Structural fire performance 
  • Active fire protection systems 
  • Human behaviour
  • Fire statistics and risk

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Charles Fleischmann

Professor
On sabbatical until Jan 2020
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E401
Internal Phone: 95072

Anthony Abu

Senior Lecturer
NZFS Commission Senior Lecturer in Structural Fire Engineering, Director of Studies (Fire Engineering)
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E411
Internal Phone: 94167

Areas of current research in geotechnical engineering include:

  • Stress-strain behaviour of granular soils
  • Soil-structure interaction including specific phenomena such as liquefaction
  • Rock avalanche and debris flow mechanics

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Misko Cubrinovski

Professor
On sabbatical until July 2019
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E444
Internal Phone: 92098

Mofreh Saleh

Associate Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E405
Internal Phone: 95118

Areas of current research fluid mechanics include:

  • Water flow in underground aquifers
  • Disposal of waste in rivers, estuaries and coastal areas
  • Flood prediction
  • Stop bank and spillway design
  • Rainfall monitoring
  • Nutrient mixing in lakes and reservoirs
  • Transport of sediments in rivers
  • Wave action on harbours and beaches
  • Design of urban stormwater and sewage systems

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Tom Cochrane

Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E407
Internal Phone: 95074

Mark Davidson

Head of Department
Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E427
Internal Phone: 95879

Nick Dudley Ward

Senior Lecturer
Director of Humanitarian Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E439
Internal Phone: 92047

Pedro Lee

Professor
Director of Studies, Undergraduate
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E428
Internal Phone: 92062

Roger Nokes

Mema o te Kaunihera
Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E442
Internal Phone: 92046

Areas of current research hydrological and ecological engineering include:

  • Real-time monitoring
  • Stormwater best management practices
  • Contaminant build-Up and wash-Off
  • Urban waterways
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Water resources development and impacts
  • Irrigation
  • Hydrologic and ecological modelling
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Biofuels

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Tom Cochrane

Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E407
Internal Phone: 95074

Tonny de Vries

Senior Lecturer
On sabbatical until Jan 2020
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering e431
Internal Phone: 95963

Markus Pahlow

Senior Lecturer
2nd Pro Director of Studies
Civil Mechanical Engineering Rm E418
Internal Phone: 92053

Areas of current research environmental engineering include:

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Solid waste 
  • Contaminant transport

Research centres and groups

Environmental Engineering in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering school

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Mark Milke

Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E440
Internal Phone: 92154

Areas of current research timber engineering include:

  • Multi-storey timber buildings
  • Seismic design
  • Fire safety

Research centres and groups

Timber Engineering in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering school

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Minghao Li

Senior Lecturer
1st Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

Stefano Pampanin

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E414
Internal Phone: 92219

Alessandro Palermo

Professor
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E410
Internal Phone: 92044

Areas of current research bridge engineering include:

  • Bridge typology
  • Construction techniques

Research centres and groups

Bridge engineering in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering school

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Alessandro Palermo

Professor
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E410
Internal Phone: 92044

Allan Scott

Associate Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446C
Internal Phone: 92089

Chin-Long Lee

Senior Lecturer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E413
Internal Phone: 92063

Areas of current earthquake engineering include:

  • Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms
  • Earthquake energy transmission
  • Ground surface responses of structures
  • Liquefaction potential assessment
  • Structure and lifeline services design
  • Emergency response planning and post-earthquake recovery 
  • Community preparation for earthquakes

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Anthony Abu

Senior Lecturer
NZFS Commission Senior Lecturer in Structural Fire Engineering, Director of Studies (Fire Engineering)
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E411
Internal Phone: 94167

Brendon Bradley

Professor in Earthquake Engineering
Deputy-Director of QuakeCoRE
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E304
Internal Phone: 92156

Des Bull

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E403
Internal Phone: 92253

Misko Cubrinovski

Professor
On sabbatical until July 2019
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E444
Internal Phone: 92098

Rajesh Dhakal

Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E420
Internal Phone: 95948

Chin-Long Lee

Senior Lecturer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E413
Internal Phone: 92063

Gregory MacRae

Associate Professor
On sabbatical until Jan 2020
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E408
Internal Phone: 92068

Alessandro Palermo

Professor
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E410
Internal Phone: 92044

Stefano Pampanin

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E414
Internal Phone: 92219

Allan Scott

Associate Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446C
Internal Phone: 92089

Areas of current research in structure engineering include:

  • Damage free structural systems in prestressed concrete, steel and timber
  • Seismic assessment/retrofit of existing structures
  • Fibre reinforced concrete for seismic applications and economical steel flooring 
  • Multi-storey timber buildings 
  • Advanced construction materials

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Brendon Bradley

Professor in Earthquake Engineering
Deputy-Director of QuakeCoRE
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E304
Internal Phone: 92156

Des Bull

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E403
Internal Phone: 92253

Rajesh Dhakal

Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E420
Internal Phone: 95948

Chin-Long Lee

Senior Lecturer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E413
Internal Phone: 92063

Minghao Li

Senior Lecturer
1st Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

Gregory MacRae

Associate Professor
On sabbatical until Jan 2020
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E408
Internal Phone: 92068

Christopher McGann

Senior Lecturer
3rd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Rm E445
Internal Phone: 92252

Alessandro Palermo

Professor
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E410
Internal Phone: 92044

Stefano Pampanin

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E414
Internal Phone: 92219

Allan Scott

Associate Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446C
Internal Phone: 92089

Areas of current research in transportation engineering include:

  • Traffic and safety
  • Pavements and asset management
  • Transportation planning

Research centres and groups

Transport engineering at the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering school

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Diana Kusumastuti

Lecturer in Transport Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E305
Internal Phone: 94641