Site Characterisation in New Zealand: Latest research and best practice
By Dr. Liam Wotherspoon
Liam is a Senior Lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Auckland. Liam did both his BE and PhD at the University of Auckland. Prior to his appointment to the department he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Earth Science and Engineering.
His research focuses on both structural and geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering. Soil-foundation-structure interaction and integrated response of structures and foundations as single system (computational modelling and field testing of buildings and bridges). Seismic response of bridges (effects of seasonal freezing, liquefaction and lateral spreading effects, large scale field testing and forced vibration). Resilience of ports (hazard assessment, fragility modelling of components and facilities). Site characterisation (liquefaction studies, strong motion station characterisation). Foundation response (computational modelling, large scale field testing). Heavily involved in post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations during the 2010-2011 Canterbury, New Zealand earthquake sequence.