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Geotech guidance for earthquake resilience published

The Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment has released new geotechnical modules on methods for improving ground conditions and retaining wall design, along with a field guide to assist geotechnical professionals assess and categorise land instability after an earthquake.

This is the first time there has been comprehensive guidance for geotechnical practice in New Zealand. MBIE has been working with the New Zealand Geotechnical Society to develop ongoing geotechnical engineering guidance.

The modules and field guide are the latest in a series of geotechnical tools in response to recommendations made by the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission. To support the release of the modules an education programme with online resources has been launched to assist geotechnical practitioners.

More information about the new modules and field guide is available at:

https://www.building.govt.nz/about-building-performance/news-and-updates/all-news-and-updates/bc-update-216