Study aims for quake-proof building

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014

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A University of Canterbury prototype is being subjected to simulated shaking greater than the February 2011 earthquake to help improve the safety of the city's new buildings.

A research team led by Professor Stefano Pampanin has shaken a modern two-storey, low-damage concrete building more than 100 times in a simulator to confirm the best new design and technology for a post-quake era.

Testing simulated the September 2010 and February 2011 Canterbury quakes, the Kobe quake in Japan in 1995, the 1979 Californian quake and a quake at 130 per cent of the February 2011 force.

Pampanin said the university was leading the world in the development and implementation of low-damage structural technology and wanted to develop a fully earthquake-proof building.

The target was "very ambitious", he said.

"We are not there yet and it might take a few more decades, but we are steadily moving towards this goal."

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- The Press

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