10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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This conference is proudly sponsored by:


Seismology Research Centre – celebrating 40 years of Earthquake Monitoring in Australia

and also sponsored and supported by:



 The Conference

The Australian Earthquake Engineering Society and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering are co-hosting the Tenth Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering (PCEE) in Sydney, Australia. The conference, which was held from 6-8 November 2015, provides a forum for practitioners and researchers to present and evaluate the latest developments and experience in mitigating the effects of earthquakes and earthquake related hazards. This conference will challenge participants to define how to work toward “Building an Earthquake Resilient Pacific” by re-evaluating the requirements of a truly resilient society. Special sessions will focus on building the social, economic and management aspects as well as the technical preparation required by the cascading system failures often observed during earthquakes.


Our keynote/invited presenters are:

Prof Jack Baker (USA)
Mr David Brunsdon (NZ)
Dr Hugh Cowan (NZ)
Prof Ken Elwood (NZ)
Prof Masayoshi Nakashima (Japan) Dr Hong Kie Thio (US)
Assoc Prof Brendan Bradley (NZ) Mr Alistair Cattanach (NZ)
Dr J.C. de la Llera (Chile)
Mr Gary Gibson (Aust)
Dr Tim Sullivan (Italy)
Prof Ikuo Towhata (Japan)
Prof John Wilson (Aust)

Sydney Opera House


The conference will be held at the Menzies Hotel in the centre of Sydney, Australia. Sydney, one of the world’s most multicultural and liveable cities in the world, is the most populous city in Australia and Oceania and home to one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Famous for its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, Sydney offers something for everybody.
Sydney has been ranked amongst the top 15 cities in the world for tourism every year since 2000. Visitors can experience first-hand it’s natural beauty and culture around Sydney Harbour and the historic Rocks and explore it’s famous beaches, parks and the Blue Mountains.

Conference Themes

Earthquake Hazards & Demands

  • Seismic and tsunami hazards of the Southwest Pacific;
  • Active faults, including intraplate regions *;
  • Seismic ground deformation;
  • Strong ground motion analysis, modelling and simulation;
  • Ground motion amplification and site response;
  • Conditional spectrum & time histories.

Earthquake Engineering

  • Seismic design and assessment of structures in regions of low to moderate seismicity *;
  • Displacement-based design and assessment of structures;
  • Innovative damage-resistant technologies in seismic design;
  • Strengthening and retrofitting technology;
  • Unreinforced masonry structures *;
  • Nonstructural damage

Earthquake Policy – Codes, Damage Assessment, Mitigation, Recovery

  • Damage assessment, insurance and their impacts on recovery;
  • Implementing research into building codes;
  • Strengthening and retrofitting policy;
  • Seismic risk and loss analysis;
  • Recent earthquake lessons.
    * Topics of special interest in Australia