Earthquake safety assessments analysed

Last updated 15:59 02/09/2012

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A public hearing into how New Zealand should manage buildings and safety assessments after earthquakes is being held in Christchurch from tomorrow.

The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission is hosting a two-day discussion among academics, senior practising engineers and professional engineering societies.

They will look at the building safety evalution (stickering) operations after the Canterbury earthquakes and what New Zealand could do to improve the system in the future.

It will also look at who is responsible for the building safety evaluation process, both for developing it, and in practice after a disaster. 

The hearing will also discuss who should carry out evaluations on damaged buildings, what methods evaluators should use, and how to ensure that evaluators have the right skills.

They would also consider the prioritisation methodology when a number of buildings are damaged.

The commission recently held a public inquiry into the collapse of the Canterbury Television building in the February 2011 earthquake.

Closing submissions on this disaster will be heard on Wednesday and Thursday following the building management hearing.

The submissions, from counsel assisting the commission and affected parties who wish to be heard, will complete the CTV building hearing.

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