Full-scale structural testing of school buildings - Build 193 (2022)
- Full-scale structural testing of school buildings
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- BRANZ Limited
- David Carradine, Dave Brunsdon, Simon Faulkner and Mark Willard
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Recent work provided valuable insights into the seismic capacity of buildings commonly used in schools nationwide. This provided a unique opportunity to test whole buildings on site to understand their performance and to test the main structural elements in the laboratory.
In the past, BRANZ has teamed up with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and other government agencies to help increase the understanding of how buildings respond to earthquakes.
This has been effective in testing full-scale buildings and building components rather than relying solely on calculations and available analysis methods, especially for timber buildings.
This article covers:
- Difficult to assess seismicity
- On-site testing
- Lab testing at BRANZ
- Testing showed buildings are resilient