Wastewater Renewals Framework – Gravity Pipes

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The replacement value of New Zealand’s wastewater networks is significant, being estimated to be NZ$15.8 billion (LGNZ, 2014). Making good investment decisions is therefore very important. This document is intended to be a resource to assist public sector organisations make evidence‐based decisions on the renewal of gravity wastewater pipelines.

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Engage what is it and why?

This document describes ENGAGE as a summary of the needs for preparedness for disaster and a fresh approach to infrastructure rebuild following an event, enabling quicker and more effective community recovery. ENGAGE is based on the career and SCIRT and NCTIR experiences of the writers and on local and international observation and research.

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Seismic Performance of Diaphragms of Buildings – Determining the Lateral Earthquake Forces for Design of Diaphragms

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This report outlines the findings of two independent studies by PTL Structural Consultants (PTL) and Holmes Consulting LP
(HCLP) which have validated the use of an earthquake induced lateral force distribution, develop by Dr D.
Gardiner (at University of Canterbury). The method for determining the lateral force distribution for
designing the diaphragms of buildings is known as “the pseudo-Equivalent Static Analysis (pESA)”.

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Lightly Reinforced Concrete Walls

Principal Investigator Dr R Henry, University of Auckland

After the Canterbury Earthquakes the Royal Commission and SESOC raised issues relating to the design of lightly reinforced and precast concrete walls. This research project looked to address and give guidance on the following:

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Quake Centre Partners’ Annual Workshop 2017

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The 2017 Partner workshop was held at Opus in Christchurch on Tuesday 5 December. There were 22 presentations giving an overview of the work undertaken throughout the year. The presentation was followed up by a poster session allowing participants the opportunity to ask in-depth questions of the project managers and researchers. The posters can be downloaded below.

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Review of New Zealand Pipe Inspection Manual

The New ZeaNZPIMland Pipe Inspection Manual (NZPIM) is a document that is extensively used by the water industry to assess the condition of waste and storm water pipes. It was last updated in 2006. Since that time, there have been a large number of technical advances. In addition, the NZ$100 million spent on inspecting the Christchurch 3 waters network after the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence provided a number of lessons that need to be captured in an update. As part of the Evidenced-based Decision Making for 3 Waters Networks project, the Quake Centre with the asistance of EQC engaged ProjectMax  to undertake a full review and scope of the required changes to the NZPIM. This exercise has now been completed and the report is out for comment across the water sector.

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Low Damage Partition Walls

Dry wall partitions are vulnerable to seismic damage even in relatively minor earthquakes. This paper outlines a detail that provides a low damage solution that will protect partitions reasonably severe earthquakes. This cost and time associated with construction is no more than current practices.

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