Christchurch earthquake

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Leviathan
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Its taken over 5 years since the first Canterbury quake for some actual real action to be taken on strengthening, and not before time. Now that the laws allow for this to happen, the Council has stepped in and said: Strengthen those weak and easily remedied bits first. Don’t sweat the big stuff right now – work on those floppy high walls of brick masonry and…

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Maximus
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So, after nearly a year, the Royal Commission into the effects of the Canterbury Earthquakes has heard its last witness, seen its last powerpoint, and drank its last afternoon tea. They’ve had a jolly old time. Meanwhile, what have we learned? Well, here at the Eye of the Fish, we’ve learned quite a lot. Having never seen a Royal Commission before (racks brain trying to think…

Maximus
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The long delayed report into the Canterbury Earthquake, from the Royal Commission, slipped out into the public realm yesterday, and is full of recommendations. 70, or more, in fact. There had been some concern as to why this report had been held up so long – the Commission gave it to the Government a month or two ago – with one rumor doing the circuit that…

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Maximus
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There is a lot of interesting information coming out of Canterbury lately – not just the new City Plan, but also the videos at the enquiry into the collapse of the CTV building. In relation to what it is doing to Engineers, and other people involved in the building industry, it is almost more interesting than the Olympics on the other channel. Almost. Also, for almost…

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Maximus
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This is a public service announcement from the Eye of the Fish: As the Expert Panel reported back yesterday with recommendations as to what NZ needs to do in regards to the earthquake strengthening of our buildings, and seeing as you all / we all in the urban design / architectural / engineering / construction field are going to be intimately affected by this over the…

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Maximus
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I can’t recall the last time I sat and cried all the way through a movie – maybe it was a love story or maybe it was a tragedy – but this time it was a documentary. What an extraordinary film. Go. See. It. Now. Filmed by Christchurch resident Gerard Smyth, When a City Falls is a quite remarkable documentary, of fascinating interest to engineers, architects,…

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Maximus
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With another great bang and crash, Christchurch snaps another tendon and spasms in pain yet again. More historic buildings collapse – more demolition is due. Amazingly, yet again, there are no deaths from the latest one – especially seeing as there are numerous Engineers, Demolition crews, and Council officials roaming the streets down there. Christchurch lost at least one heritage building conservator in the big February…

Maximus
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While I’m steadily more and more amazed at the sycophantic press coverage afforded to the nuptials of a certain couple this week, not just from the gutter press of No Idea and Women’s Weakly etc, but also from TV1 and TV3, I swore a solemn oath on the fin of my father’s flipper that I wouldn’t cover the wedding, and hence won’t say another word about…

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Maximus
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In case you didn’t know enough about it already, we present to you some liquifaction liquefaction for your ingustation degustation, ingestion and digestion. Oh yes, we’re all experts now, but would you have bought a house in the Eastern suburbs of Christchurch if you had seen this map before the earthquake? And if you’re interested in finding out about Wellington’s proclivity to this and other potential…

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Maximus
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I saw the headline and I was packed and ready, to answer the call of the nation. Normally they just send up the Fish signal, much like the Bat symbol, but this is the first time my moniker has made it to the front page of the DomPost. Had my site boots, hi-vi and my hard hard ready for action too, until I saw that they…