SEF Fall Lecture: November 13, 2012
Please join us for the Fall, 2012 SEF lecture on the
Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake.
The 4 September 2010 Darfield and 22 February 2011
Christchurch earthquakes devastated the city of
Christchurch, New Zealand and surrounding areas. The
extensive damage and collapse of modern buildings as
well as the older building stock has caused public
distrust of existing buildings and left the structural
engineering community scrambling to explain why and how
this happened on such a large scale. This presentation
will review the processes used to evaluate a building’s
condition after an earthquake and the need to make rapid
but accurate determinations. Case studies of many of the
notable collapses and structural failures observed in
the Canterbury earthquake sequence will explore the
technical causes of the failures and how the design
industry is adapting to address these in the future.
Political and practical hurdles in retrofit design and
repair of existing buildings will also be discussed.
Nick Hyatt, S.E., P.E., MASCE, is a Vice President at
Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. Mr. Hyatt received a B.S. and
an M.S. degree in structural engineering from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
Based in Thornton
office, Mr. Hyatt is currently the group leader in their
Christchurch New Zealand office supporting the rebuild
effort. His sixteen year career has focused on the
investigation of structural failures and construction
This Lecture will provide 1 hour of Continuing Education