Integrative Project: Wellington Earthquake Collaboratory

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Integrative Project – Wellington Earthquake Collaboratory

Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE has joined forces with It’s Our Fault for a new Integrative Project focused on the earthquake resilience of Wellington: the Wellington Earthquake Resilience Collaboratory.  The term “collaboratory” has been used in computer science to refer to open, creative processes involving large research groups collaborating on complex problems.  This fits our project where we seek input from a broad range of research groups addressing the complex challenges in earthquake resilience and using Wellington as a “living laboratory”.

In addition to the projects currently funded under It’s Our Fault, QuakeCoRE is funding two years of research on:
  • ground motions resulting from basin-edge effects,
  • performance of reclaimed land around the waterfront and impact on buildings and infrastructure,
  • performance of existing buildings and finding solutions for retrofit and replacement,
  • the role of residential buildings in community resilience and developing a value case for base-isolated residential buildings,
  • developing situation awareness of people, buildings, and infrastructure in the aftermath of a major earthquake, and
  • Kura e Tai Åniwhaniwha, inter-cohort seismic education activities with kura.

Frequent sharing of ideas between the projects will happen at regular workshops, the first of which took place prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting and was followed up by a workshop with Wellington stakeholders in December 2018.

If you are interested to participate in the Collaboratory, feel free to contact Ken Elwood ( or Caroline Holden ( Anchor

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