08 September 2016

Growing geotechnical engineering practice


An education programme on earthquake geotechnical engineering aimed at helping the building industry provide communities with more resilient buildings has been launched.

The programme has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS).

It aims to provide consistent and up-to-date knowledge on earthquake geotechnical engineering practice, drawing on lessons learnt from the Canterbury earthquakes.

The information will be available in a variety of formats, including face-to-face and online resources and events. They have been developed for professionals with a background in soil mechanics and earthquake engineering and will also be useful for a wider audience including engineers looking to upskill, immigrant engineers looking to move to New Zealand, architects, developers, land planners and building officials.

“The education programme is aimed at growing knowledge and understanding of earthquake geotechnical engineering practice,” says Mike Stannard, MBIE’s Chief Engineer. “It’s critical we understand the ground conditions on which our buildings and infrastructures are built. We live with seismic hazards and have complex and variable geological condition. The multi-year programme is being informed by ongoing research, both within New Zealand and in collaboration with international researchers,” says Mike.

IPENZ’s General Manager – Engineering Leadership Graham Dilks says “This education programme is a great opportunity for Members to make sure their relevant knowledge and skills are kept up to date, which is a requirement under our new Code of Ethical Conduct.”

Find out more about the geotechnical education programme