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Chair, Justice Mark Cooper

Foundations on Deep Alluvial Soils: Technical Report by Professor Misko Cubrinovski and Ian McCahon, August 2011

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This report prepared by Associate Professor Misko Cubrinovski of the University of Canterbury and Ian McCahon of Geotech Consulting Ltd discusses the nature of the soils in the Christchurch CBD, and their susceptibility to liquefaction.

It describes the effect of liquefaction in the Canterbury earthquakes on CBD buildings of different foundation types, identifies foundation types and land improvement measures suitable for buildings on deep alluvial soils, and discusses the importance of appropriate field investigations and the need for a holistic design approach that takes into account soil conditions, and foundation and structure systems. The report commences with a short Executive Summary. This document is a very large file. To access a more download-friendly version of the file, click in the grey box on the right-hand side of your screen under the Available Formats heading.

[Publication Log: Original publication date: 10 October 2011, Title updated to improve searchability: 21 October 2011]

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    Record ID Attachment Author(s) Subject(s) Building(s) Action
    SEI.UOC.0002.FINALPDF, 41 pages, 1.31 mb
    • Cubrinovski, Misko
    • Geotech Consulting Ltd
    • McCahon, Ian
    • University of Canterbury
    • Geotechnical

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