Site Visits

Wednesday 20th September

We are delighted to offer three site visit options for delegates at this year's Conference. Site visits will be held on Wednesday 20 September and can be booked during the Conference registration process. Register here

Site Visit 1 - Shake, Rattle and Roll
9.00am - 1.30pm  
Member: $120 / Non-member: $140 

Visit the new Structural Engineering Laboratory (SEL) at the University of Canterbury to see the testing of seismic loading on structures in action, followed by a site visit to Trimble and Opus to see different types of testing and monitoring in situ.

Trimble is a leading provider of advanced location-based solutions. Trimble’s Christchurch office is one of the success stories of the Canterbury rebuild. The rebuild of the offices, destroyed by a fire in May of 2011, showcases significant structural engineering technology from the University of Canterbury that was implemented by Opus. Trimble has used it's experience from California and other markets to bring a world class structure monitoring system demonstration system into the building. During this visit hear from management involved with the rebuild and understand Trimble's structure monitoring solutions and project management tools.

Opus will deliver architectural and structural presentations including:

• A walk through of Opus House – highlighting sustainable design and the viscous structural damping of the building and low damage building design - key issues that cause damage and what is required to improve the performance of non-structural elements in future earthquakes in the most cost-effective way.
• An overview of the Opus Seismic Monitoring Asset Reporting Tool (SMART) explaining the innovation.
• Low damage bridge design - comprising rocking piers with replaceable energy dissipaters and internal post-tensioning to assist self-centring following a major earthquake. The first bridge in New Zealand and possibly worldwide to adopt low-damage technology.

The visit will conclude with a light lunch provided by Opus. It is a quite a story and unique within NZ. PDU’s available.

Site Visit 2 - Canterbury District Health Board Design Lab
1.15pm - 5.00pm
Member: $120 / Non-member: $140 

The Canterbury District Health Board Design Lab is using real life mock ups to open the doors to patient-centred health care. It's a space where clinicians, engineers, architects and user groups are rethinking how health services are provided.

The work being undertaken at the Design Lab is underpinned by extensive research. Interviews were done with 135 patients and their families to find out what they wanted from their environment when they were in hospital.

Building on that knowledge, teams also visited facilities around the world, including aircraft manufacturers to learn what they could about maximising space. The Design Lab is the place where these ideas come to life and are tested and refined to see how they perform in 'real life' situations. Come and learn about innovation in project design. A portion of the site visit cost will be donated to the hospital’s childrens charity. PDU’s available.

Site Visit 3 - Christchurch Rebuild Tour
2.30pm - 5.00pm  
Member: $60 / Non-member: $80 

A unique guided experience around the ever-changing, post-earthquake Christchurch City centre. The informative coach tour will talk you through what was, what’s happening and what’s coming. A key focus of the tour is what the future holds for the CBD and will allow you to:

• Learn about the seismic forces at work in the region 
• See the innovative transitional projects that have developed 
• Find out about the technology involved in the rebuild 
• Learn about the concept designs of what is planned 

PDU’s will not be available for this site visit.

Please meet at the Quest Christchurch at 2.30pm, the site visit will conclude at Addington Raceway and Events Centre at 5.00pm with transport provided back to the CBD at the end of the Welcome Function.