QuakeCoRE Seminar – 12 August 2022

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Interpreting societal expectations for seismic performance of buildings: Reflections on risk tolerance

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10am Friday 12 August 2022


Chair: Helen Ferner (New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, NZSEE)

Presenter: Shannon Abeling (Waipapa Taumata Rau the University of Auckland)



The Resilient Buildings Project aims to understand if tolerance for the impact of earthquakes on buildings in New Zealand has changed since B1 performance objectives were set. In 2021, we interviewed 32 individuals and held six geographically based focus groups, to capture a snapshot of expectations for the seismic performance of buildings. A clear finding of this study was the heterogeneity of people’s risk tolerance. This diversity in risk tolerance and expectations of seismic performance for new buildings arguably beckons a rethink of regulatory objectives. This seminar explores the findings from the Resilient Buildings Project related to risk tolerance and offers insights into how these findings may be interpreted into a tolerable impact framework.



Shannon Abeling is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland. She completed her PhD in Civil Engineering in 2021, which focused on the seismic risks associated with masonry buildings in New Zealand. Her current research explores societal expectations for the seismic performance of new buildings in order to inform future building regulations and standard updates. Shannon has previously served as President and Outreach Coordinator for the QuakeCoRE Emerging Researchers Chapter Auckland.


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