CaNTERBURy RESEaRCHER WINS TOP US aWaRD A University of Canterbury engineer’s work on liquefaction-induced land damage following the Canterbury earthquakes has been awarded a prestigious international engineering award. When the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes created a city-wide outdoor research laboratory, UC Civil Engineering Professor Misko Cubrinovski gathered as much information as possible. His prolific output of technical reports and case histories has been recognised by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which is presenting him with the 2019 Ralph B. Peck Award for “outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of several insightful field case histories”. He is only the second recipient from outside of North America to receive the ASCE Peck award in its 21- year history. Professor Cubrinovski’s career in geotechnical earthquake engineering began in the 1980s when he was involved in the seismic design of nuclear power plants in Europe, with soil liquefaction a principal concern. He then spent 15 years in Japan, from 1990, working with pioneering liquefaction researcher Professor Kenji Ishihara at the University of Tokyo. In 2005 Professor Cubrinovski moved to New Zealand and joined UC, little knowing that six years later he would be at the centre of an earthquake event that produced unparalleled soil liquefaction, which is when a material that is usually a solid behaves like a liquid. The ASCE award is the latest international recognition. Professor Cubrinovski was part of the teams whose research papers on liquefaction-induced land damage assessment in residential Christchurch won the 2016 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Outstanding Paper Award in San Francisco, the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Norman Medal (the society’s highest honour for a technical paper), the 2018 NZGS Geomechanics Lecture Award, Outstanding Paper Awards from ASCE and EERI, the Ivan Skinner Award, and ANZ Joint Societies Award. Professor Cubrinovski has authored or coauthored over 300 technical publications and worked as a geotechnical specialist and advisor on over 50 significant engineering projects. He is a faculty of the Rose School, Pavia, Italy and a Fellow of the University of Tokyo, Japan, as well as a Principal Investigator at QuakeCoRE | Te Hiranga Rū: The New Zealand Centre of Earthquake Resilience, based at UC, leading the flagship research programme ‘Liquefaction impacts on land and infrastructure’. UC Professor Misko Cubrinovski. 11 living life science y Ford 2019 FORD ENDURA AFFORDABLE LUXURY AWAITS The Ford Endura is a sophisticated and luxurious midsized SUV. Underneath its European design, the Endura is packed with intelligent technology and innovation, as well as a powerful yet efficient engine. This well-appointed SUV was created with your driving pleasure in mind. With the 2019 range including Trend, ST-Line and Titanium, affordable luxury awaits. 2 PRICED FROM $53,490+ORC 1 BOOK A TEST DRIVE TODAY. 1. Available at participating Ford New Zealand dealerships. Price excludes on road costs, options and accessories and is not available in conjunction with any other special offers. ST-Line AWD model pictured above. From price is Trend FWD. 2. Warranty conditions and exclusions apply. Visit www.ford.co.nz/owners/warranty for further information. Anywhere Ford Avon City Ford Cnr Main South Rd and Epsom Rd, Sockburn | CHRISTCHURCH | 03 348 4129 or 0800 655 551 | Rangiora Service Centre | 78 Ivory St | 03 313 7059 | avoncityford.com 123 Sample Road | SAMPLEVILLE | P 01 234 5678 | anywhereford.co.nz
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