Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission – Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha

Those who lost relatives and friends in the 22 February earthquake can be assured that there will be a very thorough inquiry into the failure of buildings that resulted in loss of life.
Chair, Justice Mark Cooper

Base Isolation and Damage-Resistant Technologies for Improved Seismic Performance of Buildings: Technical Report by Andrew H Buchanan, Des Bull, Rajesh P Dhakal, Gregory MacRae, Alessandro Palermo and Stefano Pampanin, August 2011

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The Commission sought the advice of Professor Andrew Buchanan, Holcim Adjunct Professor Des Bull, Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal, Associate Professor Greg MacRae, Dr Alessandro Palermo and Associate Professor Stefano Pampanin from the University of Canterbury on new technologies to improve seismic performance of buildings.

Their report describes the current approach to seismic design together with a number of alternative technologies that can be used to improve seismic performance including base isolation, precast structural seismic systems (PRESSS) and non-tearing floor systems.

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[Original publication date: 21 October 2011, Authors updated to improve searchability: 28 November 2011, Title updated: 2 March 2012]

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    Record ID Attachment Author(s) Subject(s) Building(s) Action
    ENG.ACA.0020PDF, 99 pages, 8.34 mb
    • Buchanan, Andrew H
    • Bull, Des
    • Dhakal, Rajesh P
    • MacRae, Gregory
    • Palermo, Alessandro
    • Pampanin, Stefano
    • Building Failure
    • Engineering
    • New Building Technologies

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