A decade of progress since the Edgecumbe earthquake


  • R. D. Jury Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand


Notwithstanding the mixed fortunes of the construction industry over the last decade, there has been progress in the development of improvements in methods of providing seismic resistance in buildings.

The last 10 years has seen developments in the assessment of existing buildings, confirmation of the seismic performance of structural precast concrete, development of new analysis techniques and the greater use of base isolation in specialised situations.


Building Act 1991, Wellington - NZ Government, 1992.

The NZ Building Code Handbook and Approved Documents, Wellington: Building Industry Authority, 1992.

Standards Association of NZ, NZ Standard Code of Practice for General Structural Design and Design Loadings for Buildings, NZS4203:1992, Wellington.

Priestley, M. J. N., Displacement-Based Seismic Assessment of Existing Reinforced Concrete Buildings, Bulletin of NZNSEE, Vol. 29, N° 4, December 1996. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.29.4.256-272

Fenwick, R. C., Megget, L. M., Elongation and Load Deflection Characteristics of Reinforced Concrete Members Containing Plastic Hinges, Bulletin NZNSEE, Vol. 26, N° 1, March 1993. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.26.1.28-41

Guidelines for the Use of Structural Precast Concrete in Buildings, report of study group of NZ Concrete Society and NZNSEE, June 1992.

Draft Guidelines for Assessing and Strengthening Earthquake Risk Buildings, Publication of the NZNSEE, February 1995.

The Assessment and Improvement of the Structural Performance of Earthquake Risk Buildings, draft for general release, Publication of NZNSEE, June 1996.

The 1985 Red Book, Earthquake Risk Buildings - Recommendations and Guidelines for Classifying, Interim Securing and Strengthening, publication of the NZNSEE, December 1985.

Dowrick, D. J. et al, Seismic Isolation of a Printing Press in Wellington, NZ, Bulletin of NZNSEE, Vol. 25, N° 3, September 1992. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.25.3.161-166

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Standards Association of NZ, Seismic Restraint of Building Contents, NZS 4104:1994, Wellington.

How to Cite
Jury, R. D. (1997). A decade of progress since the Edgecumbe earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 30(2), 174-176. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.30.2.174-176