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DAMAGE RESISTANT DESIGN SEMINAR TIMELY AND WELL ATTENDED 05 Oct 2012

Along with Precast NZ and Sika, the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) recently sponsored a nationwide New Zealand Concrete Society seminar series on the topic of low damage design.

Under the heading Damage Resistant Design – Conceptual Design & Practical Implementation the half-day seminar, endorsed by the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) and the Society of Structural Engineers (SESOC), discussed motivations, issues and cost-effective engineering solutions to help design reinforced concrete buildings capable of sustaining low-levels of damage, and in turn limit business interruption after a moderate to severe seismic event.

The presentations (listed) were based on real New Zealand applications and extensive research/ development of such building technologies, and incorporated conceptual design and detailing, including constructability and architectural aspects.

  • Stefano Pampanin (University of Canterbury) - Re-visiting Performance-Based Seismic Design: Issues and Solutions
  • Des Bull (Holmes Consulting) - Practical Aspects in Designing and Building a Low-Damage Seismic Resisting System
  • Alistair Cattanach (Dunning Thornton) - The Importance of Conceptual Design and Detailing: Three Completed Buildings
  • Andrew Charleson (Victoria University of Wellington) - Architectural Implications and Control of Non-Structural Damage

CCANZ CEO Rob Gaimster believes concrete’s role in the inevitable advent of damage resistant design will be key to rebuilding a resilient Christchurch. “As seismic structural design advances toward building
survivability, low damage buildings will become increasingly common,” says Rob.

“Quality ready mixed concrete, certified under the plant audit scheme and other approval systems, will play a significant role in helping to realise these new structures, and in turn provide peace-of-mind for Christchurch as it continues to re-establish community and business continuity.”

Those professional engineers and architects who attended the seminars were presented with copies of the CCANZ Concrete Futures DVD which tours a number of New Zealand buildings to demonstrate the advantages of damage resistant design using concrete systems.

If you would like a copy of the Concrete Futures DVD contact CCANZ – admin@ccanz.org.nz

Taken from the October 2012 NZRMCA Newsletter

Images – CCANZ