4 WEEKS ON : PRELIMINARY RECONNAISSANCE REPORT FROM THE CHRISTCHURCH 22 FEB 2011 6.3MW EARTHQUAKE

4 Weeks on : Preliminary Reconnaissance REPORT FROM THE CHRISTCHURCH 22 Feb 2011 6.3Mw Earthquake Weng Y Kam[1] , Umut Akguzel[2] , Stefano Pampanin[3] Download the full report (with figures) here. **re-posted from the NZSEE Clearinghouse website. 1         Introduction 1.1      Note This...


Industrial Buildings outside the CBD – 16MAR2011

Today I spent the day entirely outside the CBD. Nathan and I were following up on a contact given us by one of the volunteer engineers doing building assessments. The purpose of today was to look at damage to industrial facilities and how they fared during the recent event. We spent most of the day in...


Coming Out of the Cupboard: Social Media in the Christchurch Earthquake

Figure 1: Canta is the official magazine of the University of Canterbury Students Association By Lori Peek, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University March 15, 2011 Imagine for a moment that you recently traveled to a foreign country to study. You just arrived a few days ago. You are settling...


Day 4 in Christchurch

Today started out with more structural assessments of damaged buildings and one bridge. It ended with reconnaissance work on several significant structures which had been damaged. It was the last day we will be doing assessments which has been rewarding work. There is still plenty to do but the reconnaissance...


Structural Observations from Sri Sritharan

March 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Reports from the field, Structural

I arrived in Christchurch on March 1st, almost a week after the earthquake.  Rescue and recovery operations were still underway so are the building assessment and critical building projects among other activities. I mostly contributed to the critical building project and gathered as much of the perishable...


Geotechnical observations from Tim Mote

March 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Geotechnical, Reports from the field

Images from team member Tm Mote, an engineering geologist from ARUP. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption...


Observations from Mary Comerio

The Christchurch earthquake devastated the Central Business District (CBD). What does that mean in terms of how we inspect buildings and make decisions that will affect recovery. First, of course, it is the normal process that the Search and Rescue (SAR)  folks have to rescue people who are trapped...


Residential Building Inspection

Yesterday was another day for helping the people of Christchurch get access to their homes. Our team, including Tim and our NZ CPEng Allan Dallas inspected several condominiums and apartments that had previously been green tagged. This time many of the residences were occupied which made life a little...


Observations on House Safety Evaluations from BRANZ Engineers

A brief report of the collective observations of Graeme Beattie, Roger Shelton and Stuart Thurston – BRANZ structural engineers conducting house safety evaluations.  75,000 houses have been inspected in 10 days. Up to 235 teams of building control officers (BCOs) and welfare people made these...


Map of Damaged Buildings & Exterior Photos

March 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Reports from the field, Structural

Link to a Google map prepared by Ken Elwood and his graduate student of damaged buildings in Christchurch, with exterior photos: CLICK HERE FOR MAP


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