Past Events

June 11: Christchurch Earthquake

Dr. Ken Elwood was there on February 22, 2011 when the Mw 6.3 earthquake shook Christchurch. In this seminar he will related his experiences and the numerous parallels with his past and ongoing research efforts.

Seminar

Topic:   Evening presentation on the Christchurch Earthquake and new directions in the two years since the event   
Presenter:   Dr. Ken Elwood, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering UBC
Date:   Wednesday June 11
Time:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:  

Accent Inns Burnaby, Conference Room on ground floor
3777 Henning Drive, Burnaby V5C 6N5

Presentation Summary

Ken Elwood

The technical meeting was attended by 64 persons. Prof Dr. Ken Elwood (structural specialist) of UBC Engineering faculty provided an interesting technical overview of the extensive damage to buildings in the CBD of Christchurch New Zeeland suffered from a large earthquake in 2011. Approximately 70% of all buildings, many with Heritage classification, had to be demolished. The majority of the ‘modern’ designed buildings survived and met the basic objective of ‘Life Safety’ required by current building codes.

Prof Elwood was there on February 22 2011when the Mw 6.3 quake shook Christchurch. He elated his experiences and observations and the numerous parallels with his past and ongoing research efforts in this particular field. The talk was illustrated with slides of detail examples.

The speaker was introduced and thanked in the end by David Harvey (Vice Chair) for a well presented and very interesting topic of relevance and interest to all disciplines of engineering. 

 Seminar brochure

Photo Album

Dr. Elwood explaining seismic effects    Dr. Elwood explaining seismic effects 
Dr. Elwood analysing failed building elements    Dr. Elwood analysing failed building elements
 Audience appreciating facts and interpretations by Dr. Elwood   Audience appreciating facts and interpretations
by Dr. Elwood
Dr. Elwood sharing in a lighter tone notes
with Don Kennedy P.Eng
and David Harvey P.Eng FIstructE
   Dr. Elwood sharing in a lighter tone notes with Don Kennedy P.Eng and David Harvey P.Eng FIstructE