Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Engineers now playing vital role in the Christchurch rebuild

Engineers now playing vital role in the Christchurch rebuild

January 7, 2014

Engineers are playing a vital role in the Christchurch rebuild from assisting safe building design to assistance in aerial mapping, providing ICT solutions and working with insurance companies, a University of Canterbury (UC) engineering expert says.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Engineering Professor Jan Evans-Freeman says that many staff and students in UC’s Engineering College are working across a large number of varied projects in the city rebuild.

``Staff in the Spatial Engineering Research Centre have been carrying out aerial surveys of the changing landscape to assist with the future shape of Christchurch. We are also carrying out geotechnical engineering work with CERA and the Christchurch City Council and a postgraduate student is looking at ways to describe spatial patterns and geo-fault lines in geology.  

``Our UC Quake Centre has a BECA engineer coming in one day a week to looking at engineering issues, and we are working with various ceiling and wall industries.  We have received at least one part of a major multi-storeyed failed building to test.

``We are working on steel fabricators and wooden structures, while other staff are discussing future transport and cycleways requirements as the city grows again. Another student is collaborating with the insurance industry.

``We are researching the benefits of wood in new structures and to assist our understanding an honours student has surveyed architects asking why they often don’t use wood in their designs.  We are researching the potential impacts of liquefaction on trees in the urban environment.

``In electrical engineering our robots are inspecting structures deemed too hazardous for humans, and we are working on projects such as sensors for a smarter city. We have studied the way Orion managed to keep the power system up so effectively during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.’’

Professor Evans-Freeman says there has been significant interest in studying engineering at UC, and the levels of applications for study in 2014 are at pre-quake levels. There is also significantly increased interest from overseas students wishing to pursue an engineering degree at UC.

UC is spending up to $140 million on the revamp of the engineering facilities on campus over the next five years. Professor Evans-Freeman says the refurbished facilities in Christchurch will consolidate UC as the premier Engineering College in New Zealand.

``We will be intimately linked with the most exciting large scale city project in the history of New Zealand. It will attract more students and researchers to come and study and work here and we will be in a very strong position to provide increased highly skilled workforce and expertise for the city.

``UC’s civil engineering department is ranked 21st in the world. This is in part due to the amazing pedigree of innovation and quality teaching, and partly because of the opportunities the Christchurch rebuild has offered for ground-breaking research in this particular department.

``However, other skills across engineering will also be required such as power supply safety and sustainability, smart sensors for the city, engineering project management, geotechnical engineering and information technology.

``Engineering at UC is uniquely located in a city reinventing itself and our graduates and staff have all the skills required to be deeply involved in the future of the city. This is an exceptional opportunity for us and we plan to ensure our local community gains the maximum benefit from our presence.’’


Click for big version.
 
 Professor Jan Evans-Freeman at UC’s structural testing laboratory

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news