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Friday, September 2, 2011

Earthquake Royal Commission - Preliminary Observations from the Christchurch Earthquakes

From the Royal Commission's website:
John Hare, in consultation with other structural engineers, has put together a list of observations made on the performance of buildings in the Christchurch earthquakes.  The list includes suggestions for factors which should be considered for amendment in design codes/standards, together with a number of aspects which require research and structural testing to be carried out to enable engineers to understand why the behaviour of structural elements in the buildings differed from that observed in structural laboratories.
The report has been studied by the management committee of the Structural Engineering Society (SESOC) and appreciable inputs were obtained from Charles Clifton, Greg McRae, Mark Batchelar, Mike Newcombe and Gordon Hughes.
This report should be of interest to practicing engineers and students interested in structures.
The report is technical, very heavy going, and can be found here.
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