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UC Quake Centre

The UC Quake Centre has been established in response to the Canterbury earthquakes, to deliver tomorrow’s earthquake engineering solutions today, for Christchurch, New Zealand and the World.

UC Quake Centre has skills in geotechnical engineering, reinforced concrete, structural steel, bridges and lifelines and seismic risk and loss. These skills underpin our delivery of professional services, testing services, risk identification and development of new solutions to ensure New Zealand's earthquake resilient future.


  • To partner with industry to create collaborative earthquake engineering solutions
  • To enhance New Zealand’s capability to evaluate seismic risk to structures and lifelines.
  • To up-skill professionals in earthquake engineering.
  • To raise the level of community awareness of seismic risk and earthquake engineering solutions.

Funded by industry and overseen by an industry led board, the Quake Centre has developed strong relationships with its industry partners across consultancy, infrastructure, construction and government. With a mixture of research engineers,practitioners seconded from industry and academics, the Quake Centre works on research that is focused on the immediate needs of industry. The research is delivered in an industry ready form and backed up by appropriate education and training.


  • Highly relevant and up-to-date research to inform the design and implementation of seismic engineering solutions.
  • A highly trained and competent engineering workforce.
  • Access to internationally recognised experts in the fields of geotechnical and structural engineering and seismic risk assessment.
  • The ability to leverage investment in research and development into seismic solutions.


Robert Finch

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