Quake land database to be launched

7:48 pm on 13 April 2012

An online datatabase will be launched soon to help geotechnical engineers working on Christchurch's earthquake recovery make better decisions about the state of land in the region.

Hundreds of quake engineers are meeting for a three-day Earthquake Engineering Society conference, which is being held in Christchurch for the first time and began on Friday.

Several guests have travelled from the United States, Switzerland and Japan to attend.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton says the database will help engineers make more informed decisions about the requirements of specific sites.

They will have access to data from other investigations in the area and can add to the database also.

Mr Sutton says information is vital, especially as ongoing seismic activity makes geotechnical investigations more difficult.

The society's president, Peter Wood, says risk management, new building technologies and disaster recovery are a few of the topics being covered.

Speakers include the chief senior scientist of the Global Risk Forum in Switzerland and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton.