Earthquake engineering includes geology, seismology, geotechnical engineering, and risk analysis.
As earthquakes cannot be prevented it is the aim of the geotechnical engineer to reduce the impact of seismic incidents on foundations and earth retaining structures. This is typically achieved by designing for additional loads or potential loss of ground strength that can arise from seismic shaking.
Our engineers and geologists have undertaken earthquake related investigation and design in various areas of the country for more than 30 years. This experience enabled us to provide local staff with engineering expertise to assist with the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake sequence and ongoing rebuild.
RILEY routinely provides technical expertise for earthquake and seismic engineering in the following areas:
- Assessment of cause of damage
- Liquefaction analysis
- Slope stability
- Design of dams and other retaining structures
- Foundation design
- Development, construction monitoring, and management of repair/rebuild options