Structural arrays consist of multiple sensors within a building or structure. They provide data to help engineers understand how the structure responds to shaking or vibration.
The structural array programme of the GeoNet project aims to install multiple seismic instruments in about 30 representative buildings (commercial and residential) and bridges throughout New Zealand to gain insights into the earthquake engineering performance of those structures. One of the main objectives of the instrumentation of structures is to mitigate seismic risk by ensuring ‘safer’ performance of structures. The instruments in the structures record their performance in earthquake-shaking and severe wind events. Knowledge gained from this project will help to ensure that design and construction standards are more appropriately aligned to public expectations.
Apart from considerable gains in knowledge by the engineering community from this project, there are other long-term benefits. These include reduced disruption and downtime following an earthquake, assurances on building safety for owners and tenants, and acknowledgements of the public-good benefit.
The building instrumentation programme considers the distribution of seismic hazard and structures in New Zealand to identify typical and representative samples to instrument and monitor their response. Installations have been completed in Wellington, Levin, Christchurch, Nelson, and Napier and they are now operational. More buildings are planned to be instrumented in Christchurch, Gisborne, Palmerston North, Auckland, Westport, and Greymouth.
Although all data from the GeoNet structural array programme are freely available for scientifc and engineering users, we require you to register your interest with us first.
Please complete a request to use building array data in writing, outlining the purpose and nature of their research. This request needs to be sent to the GeoNet Data Centre Manager. The application must list all structures you intend to download data from.
Note that, if requested by a building owner, GNS Science will supply a list of users who have been given data collected from their building.
In any structural array installation a combination of the following types of instruments has been used. The choice of instruments is determined by the goals for the study of a particular structure:
|Canterbury University Physics Building||Christchurch||August 2007||CPXB||Operational|
|GNS Science, Avalon||Wellington||November 2007||AVAB||Operational|
|BNZ CentrePort Building||Wellington||April 2009||CPLB||Site Closed: January 2019|
|Wellington Hospital||Wellington||April 2009||WHSB||Operational|
|Te Horo House (timber building)||Otaki||December 2010||THOB||Operational|
|Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology||Nelson||February 2011||NMIB||Operational|
|Victoria University of Wellington Student Accommodation Building||Wellington||February 2011||VUWB||Operational|
|Majestic Centre||Wellington||March 2011||MJCB||Partial|
|Thorndon Flyover||Wellington||March 2011||TDFB||Operational|
|Hawke's Bay Regional Council||Napier||August 2011||HBRB||Operational|
|Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology||Christchurch||May 2012||CPIB||Operational|
|West Quay apartment building||Napier||May 2012||WQAB||Operational|
|Tunnel Road Rail Overpass||Christchurch||December 2013||TRAB||Operational|
|Tunnel Road Overpass||Christchurch||December 2013||TROB||Operational|
|MBIE Stout Street Building||Wellington||2014||STSB||Operational|
|Jervios Street House||Christchurch||2014||JSCB||Operational|
|Canterbury University Business and Law Building||Christchurch||2016||CBLB||Operational|
Advisory Panel Chairperson: Dr. S. R. Uma
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