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Hands-On Engineering

Engineering resilience in the Shaky Isles

New Zealand sits astride one of the world’s major tectonic plate boundaries, giving us our attractive scenery, but also making us vulnerable to frequent and destructive earthquakes.

Given that we live on shaky ground, how do we decide where and how to build the infrastructure that
our communities depend upon? Can we ensure it will withstand natural hazards, or the increasing effects of climate change?

In this project, get a taste of the pivotal roles that surveyors, engineers and geologists play in addressing these challenges. Using a combination of field and laboratory approaches, we’ll complete a site investigation and design for a land engineering project that tackles the issues of seismic resilience and sea level rise.

Join us for a hands-on experience using surveying and geotechnical instruments, carrying out topographic surveys, soil analyses, and creating digital models of Earth’s surface – and discover how much of a difference you can make in engineering safe living environments.

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