Built Environment

The built environment includes buildings, housing, infrastructure and recreational facilities. These are critical to the health and wellbeing of communities. Here is what we have to share.

Collectively we are stronger

Duncan Gibb was the founding General Manager of the Stronger Christchurch I...

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Foundation damage

Geotechnical engineers have inspected more than 60,000 residential properti...

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Lateral spreading

Horizontal ground movements related to liquefaction occurred across greater...

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Liquefaction-related land damage

The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010-2011 triggered widespread liquef...

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Localised ground surface changes

Liquefaction of underlying soil layers can cause slumping of elevated areas...

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Paleoliquefaction

Paleoliquefaction is the preserved evidence of liquefaction in the soil pro...

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Recovering Christchurch's central city: The first four years 2011-2015

Operating within the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Christch...

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Residential Ground Improvement: Findings from trials to manage liquefaction vulnerability

The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010-2011 triggered widespread liquef...

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Collectively we are stronger

Duncan Gibb was the founding General Manager of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) which was responsible for the massive task of repairing earthquake damaged horizontal infr...

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Foundation damage

Geotechnical engineers have inspected more than 60,000 residential properties for possible liquefaction-induced land damage after the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence.

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Lateral spreading

Horizontal ground movements related to liquefaction occurred across greater Christchurch following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. Information including aerial LiDAR and aerial photograp...

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Liquefaction-related land damage

The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010-2011 triggered widespread liquefaction and land damage throughout the region.   Land damage varied across the region with severity influenced by two main fa...

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Localised ground surface changes

Liquefaction of underlying soil layers can cause slumping of elevated areas displacing the liquefied soils sideways. In addition to the liquefaction related subsidence, this slumping increases the ris...

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Paleoliquefaction

Paleoliquefaction is the preserved evidence of liquefaction in the soil profile attributed to seismic events occurring before earthquake records began.   Following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake...

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Recovering Christchurch's central city: The first four years 2011-2015

Operating within the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) was responsible for the recovery of Christchurch’s central city. This narrative chroni...

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Residential Ground Improvement: Findings from trials to manage liquefaction vulnerability

The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010-2011 triggered widespread liquefaction. In some areas this resulted in consequential land and building damage.     The Ground Improvement Programme is an...

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We sat down with people who gained a lot of experience from working in recovery and together we identified five common themes. These themes help us understand the learning from the Canterbury recovery.

Themes