Smart Seismic Cities

Smart Seismic Cities will deliver a world-first system to manage earthquake impacts and recovery across an urban region.  CSI is pleased to be collaborating with GeoNet, QuakeCore and Wellington City Council on this exciting new initiative.


Recent earthquakes in New Zealand have demonstrated significant issues related to highly variable ground shaking across  densely populated urban regions and uncertain structural performance assessment, with rapid post-quake decisions made with little information regarding the performance of the built environment.   There is no regional or national system focused on post-quake decision making and emergency response.  Feedback via the community and industry to the project team shows the desire for “a better way”.  Leveraging the proven GeoNet network, and the unique capabilities of the combined project team, there is a major opportunity for New Zealand to implement a world-leading system for the management of earthquake impacts and recovery.   

The aim of the Smart Seismic Cities Project is to:

  • Develop a spatially-dense monitoring network of simple instrumentation across a key urban region, to characterise ground response and targeted building response, and;
  • Develop and utilise Rapid Impact Tools (RIT) to rapidly estimate infrastructure damage and the corresponding impacts following earthquakes, and;
  • Develop a system to provide this information to critical decision makers of all relevant user groups, from central and regional civil defence response through to individual building owners and tenants.

Together, these tools will provide a step-change in regional situation awareness assessments, improve pre-earthquake preparedness, enable more effective disaster management and decision making, and assist post-quake recovery.

Media coverage, and some comments from CSI's General Manager Len Damiano here.

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