Canterbury University has opened QuakeCore: Centre for Earthquake Resilience, and its new structural engineering laboratory.
The lab is the first building to be completed in the Canterbury engineering the future project funded by the Government in support of the university’s recovery. Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment Minister Steven Joyce said the lab, the largest facility of its type in New Zealand, would give researchers access to the latest earthquake technologies.
The Tertiary Education Commission & the Royal Society of NZ selected the Centre for Earthquake Resilience last year for centre of research excellence (CoRE) funding. It brings together researchers from 5 universities – Canterbury, Auckland, Victoria, Massey & Waikato – GNS Science, resilient organisations & the Building Research Association of NZ.
Mr Joyce said: “QuakeCore will lead the world in earthquake research and help give New Zealand communities the ability to recover quickly after major earthquakes through mitigation & pre-disaster preparation.
“Central to this will be a research programme which gives us new information on how the built environment responds to earthquakes, the development of models to understand where & what the vulnerabilities are, and innovative tools & technologies.
“Canterbury is uniquely placed both because of its long and proud history training engineers, and because of its recent exposure to significant earthquakes.”
The Government established the CoREs Fund in 2001 to encourage the development of excellent tertiary education-based research that’s collaborative & strategically focused. 10 centres have been funded through to 2020 at a cost of $635 million.
Link: CoREs Fund
Attribution: Ministerial release.