Our Workplace - Open for Business

Reducing internal fit-out failure in an earthquake



Our Workplace - Open for Business

Reducing internal fit-out failure in an earthquake

Will your workplace be open for business after a locally centered, moderate seismic event? Find out what might happen inside our commercial buildings and what that might mean for you as a business owner, tenant, designer or builder.

The 2013 Seddon and 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes affected the ability of businesses to stay open and highlighted Wellington's potential vulnerability. Using Wellington as a case study, the seminar will show that another earthquake could leave some existing buildings unusable for some time.

Our modern building structures are designed to provide life safety in moderate to severe seismic events. The restraint of non-structural components of internal fit-outs such as ceilings, internal wall partitions and mechanical services and the risks they may pose can attract much less attention.

You'll hear speakers with considerable experience in this sector talk about how people in our building design and construction industries are working to find solutions and reduce these risks. Our speakers will also highlight the importance of specifying, at concept stage, how building owners and tenants want non-structural elements to perform in a seismic event and what that might add to construction costs.

There will be time during the seminar to network with others in the sector interested in this topic.

Introducing our speakers

Dr Hugh Cowan, leads Earthquake Commission's research function and since 2005, has overseen the EQC reinsurance programme. He will outline the importance of non-structural performance and the purpose of gathering at Our Workplace - Open for Business.

Terry Johnson, of Reveal Seismic, is one of New Zealand's leading critics of non-structural seismic restraint design and compliance. Terry will outline what we are faced with if it all goes wrong and importantly what we must do to mitigate our vulnerability.

Scott Hawkins, General Manager for MunichRe Australasia, will share views on whether earthquake insurance capacity will always be available for New Zealand if we suffered another Kaikoura sized event.

Professor Rajesh Dhakal, University of Canterbury, is one of New Zealand's leading researchers on non-structural elements. He will talk to his involvement in developing design ideas that would assist engineers and architects in building resilient ceiling systems.

Graeme Beattie, is a Principal Structural Engineer at BRANZ with 40 years engineering experience. He will take you through the regulatory requirements for the seismic securing of non-structural components from the Building Act through to the applicable available standards.

Neil Beadle, Special Counsel at international law firm DLA Piper, will provide a sobering overview of employers and director liabilities for injuries that can occur in the workplace due to a seismic event.

Peter Degerholm, Calderglen Associates has a detailed knowledge of construction contracts and procurement. Peter will outline the current problems with the subcontractor being required to provide the solutions to non-structural seismic resilience.

Brad Sara, Architect at one of New Zealand's leading architectural firms Warren and Mahoney, will outline the importance of having non-structural seismic design conversations with the customer at building concept stage and involving the right engineer.






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