News and events


QuakeCoRE 2017 Annual Report

6 April 2018

The QuakeCoRE 2017 Annual Report is now available to read on our website. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Follow the link below to view the report.

Double Award Success for Geoff Rodgers

19 December 2017 

Congratulations to Associate Professor Geoff Rodgers (University of Canterbury) who has won two prestigious awards for his research on earthquake damping devices that absorb energy from a structure during an earthquake, making the structure less likely to require repair after large earthquakes. Geoff has been presented with the 2017 Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence (Cooper) Award for Technology, Applied Sciences and Engineering– which acknowledges the significant impact of his work, in particular, the design and engineering of earthquake-resilient structures. Geoff has also been awarded the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) Norman F.B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award for his research on seismic damping solutions.

Above left: Paul Goldsmith, acting Minister for Science and Innovation, presenting the Cooper Award to Geoff Rodgers.

Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: Dr Robin Lee

25 October 2017 

Congratulations to Dr Robin Lee, (University of Canterbury) who has been awarded a prestigious Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship by The Royal Society Te Apārangi. Robin's project will explore earthquake-induced ground motion prediction.

QuakeCoRE 2017 Annual Meeting

4-6 September 2017, Wairakei Resort, Taupo

Thank you to our community for joining us this year for our Annual Meeting.
Pictures can be found on our Facebook page, and the programme can still be accessed on our Annual Meeting page.
We look forward to seeing you again in the first week of September, 2018; you can find current details on our Annual Meeting page.

SeisFinder: A Portal for Earthquake Resilience Simulation Outputs

7 July 2017 

SeisFinder is a web application to enable the extraction of high-fidelity outputs from computationally-intensive earthquake resilience calculations. Currently, SeisFinder has a focus on providing information from ground motion simulations in a range of formats, but intentions are to provide outputs that cover the full hazard-to-impact pipeline of earthquake loss and resilience calculations. SeisFinder has been developed under the umbrella of QuakeCoRE Technology Platforms 3 and 4 by Brendon Bradley, Daniel Lagrava, Sung Bae and Sharmila Savarimuthu.

Users can select simulations of historical or future earthquakes at either a single location, or over the entire simulation domain. As part of the version 1 release, historical events include major events in the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence, and the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Future events currently include simulations of a potential Alpine Fault earthquake that is being used by both Project AF8 and also QuakeCoRE's Alpine Fault Earthquake Case Study.

Information available at present includes ground motion intensity measures and/or the full ground motion acceleration time series (for use in dynamic response history analyses). Users can sign up for updates, or get in touch directly with the development team, or the technical advisory group. By the end of 2017 we plan to add over 100 further events (historical or future) and also add additional search criteria to filter a larger database. 
Please note that the link is the public version of the site

2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize

21 March 2017

Congratulations to Brendon Bradley, on being awarded the 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. This Prize is for an outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD conferred within the past eight years. The award comes with $200k support.

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics 2018

10-13 June 2018, Austin, Texas
The 5th Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (GEESD V) will be held June 10–13, 2018 in Austin, TX. Abstract submission deadline is 24 May, 2017. Visit the conference website for more information.

Workshop on Seismic Protective Devices and Systems

30 June to 1 July 2018, Los Angeles, California
The PREEMPTIVE SAVI is a US National Science Foundation funded grant to promote international collaborative research activities and the promotion of seismic protective devices and systems. The programme has members in the US, Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Workshops have previously been held in Sendai, Japan, in Santiago, Chile, and in New Zealand in September 2016, when 16 US academics and practitioners joined the QuakeCoRE Flagship 4 workshop and our Annual Meeting in Wairakei. Next year, a fourth and final workshop will be held at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, for a couple days sometime during 29 June to 3 July 2018, immediately following the US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE). This workshop is a great opportunity to make international research connections in the field of low-damage design and protection devices. Anyone who is interested in attending can contact the US research leaders Erik Johnson or Rich Christenson, or our local contact Geoff Rodgers.