QuakeCoRE aims to establish and link multi-institutional national research programmes that are internationally networked. The research programmes will advance the science and implementation pathways of earthquake resilience through system-level science with highly integrated collaborations coordinated across the physical, engineering and social sciences and relevant research institutions. Our research is organised into Technology Platforms and Flagship Programmes.


Technology Platforms

Four Technology Platforms (TP) provide the underpinning experimental (lab and field), computational, and data infrastructure which are necessary for realizing QuakeCoREs vision and mission and involve cross-institutional and industry collaborations.

TP1: Large-scale Laboratory Facilities

Leader: Ken Elwood
Deputy Leader: Alessandro Palermo

This platform supports enhanced collaboration across domestic and international large-scale experimental facilities, innovative testing procedures and instrumentation.
TP2: Field-testing and Monitoring

Leader: Liam Wotherspoon
Deputy Leader: Quincy Ma

This platform is building on New Zealand leadership in field testing and monitoring to focus on development of world-class testing technologies and urban system monitoring.
TP3: Multi-disciplinary Community Databases

Leader: Nick Horspool
Deputy Leader: Matthew Hughes

This platform fosters the contribution to, and utilisation of, existing community databases, as well as enabling the development of new multi-disciplinary databases for transformative research.
TP4: Computational Simulation and Visualisation

Leader: Brendon Bradley
Deputy Leader: Christopher McGann

This platform provides computational workflows to connect the multi-disciplinary research activities within QuakeCoRE and to provide a means by which research results can be understood in terms of their wider impacts on earthquake resilience.

Flagship Programmes

Six Flagship Programmes (FP) are leading high-impact research through multi-institution and multi-disciplinary research collaboration, engagement with end-users, and the wider earthquake resilience research ecosystem.

FP1: Ground Motion Simulation

Leader: Brendon Bradley
Deputy Leader & Industry Representative: Didier Pettinga

This flagship aims to provide a paradigm shift in ground motion prediction via theoretical developments in physics-based simulation methods and their utilisation in engineering design and assessment.
FP2: Liquefaction Impacts on Land and Infrastructure

Leader: Misko Cubrinovski
Deputy Leader & Industry Representative: Sjoerd van Ballegooy

This flagship focuses on next-generation assessment methods and mitigation strategies for soil liquefaction, one of the principal earthquake hazards affecting land and infrastructure in New Zealand.
FP3: Addressing Earthquake-vulnerable Buildings – A Multidisciplinary Approach

Leader: Jason Ingham
Deputy Leader: David Johnston
Industry Representative: Bryce Davies

This flagship addresses the risk posed by collapse-vulnerable earthquake-prone buildings through a multi-disciplinary lens.
FP4: Next-generation Infrastructure: Low-damage and Repairable Solutions

Leader: Ken Elwood
Deputy Leader: Tim Sullivan
Industry Representative: Peter Smith

This flagship seeks a new design paradigm where reparability and damage control is explicitly considered in the design process of buildings and infrastructure.
FP5: Pathways to Improved Resilience

Leader: Erica Seville
Deputy Leader: Tracy Hatton
Industry Representative: Mike Mendonca

This flagship focuses on determining how we decide where to invest our limited resources to most effectively improve New Zealand’s resilience to earthquakes.
FP6: Spatially-distributed Infrastructure

Leader: Liam Wotherspoon
Deputy Leader & Industry Representative: Roger Fairclough

This flagship is a joint research programme with the National Science Challenge 10: Resilience to Nature's Challenges. The program is developing tools to assess the performance of spatially-distributed infrastructure networks subject to extreme natural hazards.