Free Public Seminar: Christchurch Earthquake and Lessons for BC

UBC Department of Civil Engineering presents:

Free Public Seminar:
Christchurch Earthquake and Lessons for BC

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Refreshments 6:00 pm, Presentation 6:30-8:00 pm
Room C300, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is recommended at


UBC Seismic expert Dr. Ken Elwood was in Christchurch New Zealand when the M 6.3 earthquake rocked the city and led to 184 confirmed deaths and an estimated $20 billion (NZ) in damage. Deputy Chief Building Official Pat Ryan was part of a team sent from the City of Vancouver to both learn from and assist in the recovery efforts in Christchurch. Join with us as they share their observations from experiencing the earthquake first-hand and assisting with building assessments in the immediate aftermath through to the ongoing response issues around dealing with damaged buildings, business and social impacts and challenges of recovery in the city. Discover the important lessons for Vancouver and Canada.


Professor Ken Elwood – As an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Elwood is actively involved in research related to the seismic response of existing concrete and masonry buildings. Dr. Elwood received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. He is Chair of the American Concrete Institute Committee on Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation and a member of several national and international code committees including the Standing Committee on Seismic Design which sets the seismic provisions for the National Building Code of Canada and the Seismic Rehabilitation Standards Committee for the American Society for Civil Engineers.

Deputy Chief Building Official Pat Ryan – As an Assistant Director in Development Services and a Deputy Chief Building Official with the City of Vancouver, Pat brings to this position a broad range of experience including work in private consulting, Crown Corporations, the Province, Regional Government and 10 years experience with the City of Vancouver. Pat has a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Melbourne and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from UBC. He recently worked as the Manager of Emergency Operations for the City in preparation for the Olympic Games which involved work on various contingency plans, operational readiness and preparing the combined Vancouver Operations Centre and Emergency Operations Centre for the 24 hour operations undertaken during the games. In Engineering Services, Pat was well known for his drive, innovation and collaboration for many new initiatives around sustainability, safety, accessibility, enforcement and operations with extensive work writing and implementing city bylaws.

This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science
and the Structural Engineering Association of British Columbia (SEABC)