Doug Mason

Studying towards a PhD in Engineering Geology
Performance of cut and fill slopes in earthquakes and impacts on the built environment

Location: Ernest Rutherford 262 / WSP, Wellington
Country of origin: New Zealand
Doug Mason

Supervisors:

Primary Supervisor: Clark Fenton

Research Interests

Doug’s PhD project is investigating failures of cut and fill slopes that occurred in the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.  The research aims to improve the understanding of how modified slopes respond to strong ground shaking, how earthquake-induced landslides have impacted infrastructure corridors, and how the different types of slope failures (and their distribution) affected the post-earthquake recovery.

Working thesis title

Performance of cut and fill slopes in earthquakes and impacts on the built environment

Academic History

MSc (Hons) (Geology), Victoria University of Wellington, 2004.  Thesis: Neotectonics and paleoseismicity of a major junction between two strands of the Awatere Fault, South Island, New Zealand.

BSc (Geology), Victoria University of Wellington, 2001 

BA (History), Victoria University of Wellington, 2001

Publications

Mason, D., Brabhaharan, P. (2021).  Characterisation of transport resilience and measures to enhance resilience in the recovery after the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.  Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 54: 69-81. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.54.2.69-81

Mason, D., Little, T., Van Dissen, R. (2006).  Rates of active faulting during late Quaternary fluvial terrace formation at Saxton River, New Zealand.  Geological Society of America Bulletin 118: 1431-1446.

Mason, D., Little, T. (2006).  Refined slip distribution and moment magnitude of the 1848 Marlborough earthquake, Awatere Fault, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 49: 375-382.

Mason, D., Little, T., Van Dissen, R. (2006).  Refinements to the paleoseismic chronology of the eastern Awatere strike-slip fault, Marlborough, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 49: 383-397.