Engineers brought in after quake

19:29, Jul 23 2013

New Zealand's scarce structural engineering resources are being stretched further this week after Sunday's earthquake in the capital.

Engineers are being flown to Wellington to help assess buildings for damage. Inspections immediately following the 6.5-magnitude earthquake showed 35 buildings out of almost 2500 in the central business district had external damage, but structural assessments of many were ongoing.

Opus chief executive David Prentice said the company's structural engineers had been inundated with work since Sunday night and it had brought in staff from Nelson and Auckland.

The company employed about 250 people in Wellington, of which about 30 were structural engineers.

He said Opus had the capacity to cope with the work load but there was a general shortage of structural engineers in New Zealand. Fairfax NZ

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