26 Apr 2023

Earthquake strengthening breakthrough

From Nine To Noon, 9:36 am on 26 April 2023
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World-leading New Zealand research has made a breakthrough in earthquake strengthening higher-risk buildings.

They've come up with some immediate repair solutions for buildings that are more than forty years old, including for more than 120 buildings in Wellington's CBD built before 1982.

The breakthrough was announced at the annual conference for the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering in Auckland.

Kathryn speaks with University of Auckland Civil and Environmental Engineering lecturer and lead researcher in a project to strengthen damaged or earthquake-prone concrete walls, columns, and in a world first, floors with carbon fibre patches, Dr Enrique del Rey Castillo.