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.
Students must have completed relevant studies in Engineering or Science, including a bachelor's degree and/or postgraduate qualifications.
Students will be admitted into the programme in February of each year by approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry, unless they have a strong Earthquake Engineering background.
Engineers specialising in earthquake assessment, strengthening and repairs are in high demand throughout New Zealand and overseas regions that are often prone to earthquake disasters.
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College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800