A University of Canterbury earthquake engineering expert sees economic and health benefits from the university being awarded $21.5 million of government funding over five years to run the QuakeCore, centre of research excellence for earthquake resilience.
"QuakeCoRE research will underpin export growth in New Zealand goods
and services related to earthquake engineering, principally through
increased international competitiveness of our engineering consultants
engaged in our research and training programmes and the development and
sale of novel seismic-resistant systems and devices, and patented
software tools for seismic protection of infrastructure.
"We want an earthquake-resilient New Zealand where communities
recover rapidly after major earthquakes as a result of mitigation and
pre-disaster preparation informed by internationally-leading research. A
reduction in infrastructure damage, fewer casualties and lower business
disruptions, through faster recovery in future major earthquakes will
reduce stress and long-term psychological impacts in affected