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Retrofitting House Foundations to Resist Earthquakes
By Stephanie Liddicoat & Geoff Thomas
If a major earthquake were to occur in New Zealand many thousands of houses would be severely damaged. Post earthquake, these houses would no longer provide a safe environment for their occupants and would in turn become a liability in terms of costly repair.To minimise damage and post earthquake paralysis, retrofitting of building subfloor and foundations is of paramount consideration. This is the focus of this report; divided into six sections of common foundation types occurring in New Zealand the report outlines retrofit details to increase earthquake performance and decrease the damage and need for repair post earthquake.
Retrofitting House Foundations to Resist Earthquakes (PDF, 36.5 MB)
Acoustics in the Hospitality Industry: A Subjective and Objective Analysis
By L. H. Christie & J. R. H. Bell-Booth
What constitutes good acoustic conditions for the social environments of bars, restaurants and cafes? Or, more importantly, what does the general population expect and accept as desirable conditions to be in? The present study sought to address these questions by correlating what people in these environments want and perceive the acoustic levels as, with actual physical measurements of these environments.
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