Building safety evaluation following the 30 September 2009 Padang earthquake, Indonesia
A ten-member team of engineers was deployed by NZAID and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering to assist Indonesian local and provincial agencies with rapid structural assessments of earthquake-affected buildings in and around Padang. This was the first time that a team of New Zealand engineers had been operationally deployed outside the Pacific region following a major earthquake.
An accompanying paper describes the earthquake and its impacts, and the general observations of the team. This paper outlines the experiences of a team of 10 New Zealand structural engineers deployed on a volunteer basis for two weeks to undertake the deployment process, the arrangements that the team operated under in Padang, the tasks undertaken and the outputs and outcomes achieved. The lessons for building safety evaluation processes in New Zealand are also presented, along with the resulting enhancements to arrangements.
Bothara J., Beetham R., Brunsdon, D., Stannard, M., Brown, R., Hyland, C., Lewis, W., Miller, S., Sanders, R., and Sulistio, Y. (2010) General Observations of Effects of the 30 September 2009 Padang Earthquake, Indonesia, Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 43 (3), p143-173. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.43.3.143-173
EERI Special Earthquake Report, December 2009. Learning from Earthquakes. The Mw7.6 Western Sumatra Earthquake of September 30, 2009.
Hyland, C.W.K. and Wijanto, S. (2010) Lessons for Steel Structures from 2009 Earthquake Damage in Padang, Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 43 (2), p134-139. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.43.2.134-139
New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering and Department of Building and Housing (2009) Building Safety Evaluation During a State of Emergency – Guidelines for Territorial Authorities.
USGS (2009) Magnitude 7.5 - Southern Sumatra, Indonesia, 2009 September 30 10:16:09 UTC, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mebz.php.
Weller, R. (Ed.) (2009) Building vulnerability assessment, Padang Earthquake, Recommendations: International Engineering Team; Proc Australian Earthquake Engineering Society Annual Conference, Newcastle, Australia.
Copyright (c) 2010 Dave Brunsdon, Jitendra Bothara, Mike Stannard, Dick Beetham, Roger Brown, Clark Hyland, Warren Lewis, Scott Miller, Rebecca Sanders, Yakso Sulistio
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