Continuing Education

Reconstructing Christchurch: A Seismic Shift in Building Structural Systems

After the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquakes, much of the Christchurch Central Business District (CBD) was demolished, and a new city has emerged in its place.   From a structural engineering perspective, the new “heart” of Christchurch is quite different from the old one.  Where reinforced concrete buildings dominated the urban landscape, with almost all multistory buildings relying on RC frames or walls to resist earthquake shaking, the emerging Christchurch has a variety of structural forms, an extensive amount of steel structures, and some structural systems introduced to make the new Christchurch buildings more seismically resilient.  A study (by Michel Bruneau (University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA) and Greg MacRae (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand) was conducted to (a) quantify the extent to which various types of structural system have been used in the new buildings constructed (for data collected up to March 2017), and (b) identify some of the drivers that have influenced decisions about the selection of structural material and specific structural systems used.  This Webinar will review results from that study and provide valuable insights into some of the mechanisms that can dictate structural engineering decisions during the post-earthquake reconstruction of a modern city.  The Christchurch experience may be unique today, but it could repeat itself in other similarly developed cities worldwide after future devastating earthquakes.

  • Date: 2/13/2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Live Webinar
  • PDH Credits: 1.5
  • Cost:

    $185   AISC Member
    $155   Educator / Student / Government Agency
    $285   Non-Member

    Only one person from your organization is required to register per connection.  Each individual within your organization who attends at the registered connection will receive a PDH certificate at no additional charge.

  • Registration Deadline: 2/13/2019 10:00 a.m.
  • Substitutions and Cancellations: Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1-3 days prior to the webinar will be charged a $50 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the webinar session will not receive a refund.
  • Connection Instructions: Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing your receipt, a link to access the webinar, dial-in audio instructions, and a link to a PDF handout of slides.


Michel Bruneau

Michel Bruneau

Michel Bruneau, PhD, P. Eng, is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo.