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Mainzeal & King Facade host visit to the EXPAN demonstration building.

 

 

Architects, engineers, UC and industry people were amongst the guests at a recent information evening hosted at the STIC/EXPAN building on the UC campus, and kindly sponsored by Mainzeal and King Facade.  

 

Those who came heard a briefing from UC's Dr Mark Quigley, Senior Lecturer in Active Tectonics and geomorphology, and saw for themselves how EXPAN makes multi-storey, sustainable wooden structures more accessible than ever.

 

"I think we're all in agreeance that as we sit here in this really handsome building, now is the time to build in resilience" were Dr Mark Quigley's opening words to guests at the event. Resilience seemed to be the common theme of the evening as the speakers stressed the importance of having buildings that are ready for seismic activity that is very much unpredictable.

 

His comments about the importance of reinforced, earthquake-resistant structures were specifically directed at those in the Canterbury region but they are indeed relevant everywhere. Earthquakes and earthquake sequences are not something that can be predicted and any theories put forward on when and where they may occur can only be drawn from existing data. As Dr Quigley stressed in his talk, "every earthquake sequence is different".

 

The EXPAN building had been through a number of test sequences and was already completed by the time Canterbury was hit by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on February 22nd. The building held up incredibly well in what Paul Blackler of Mainzeal described as its "real time", test with no damage or cracking whatsoever.

 

STIC CEO Rob Finch closed the evening's speeches by elaborating on Dr Quigley's observations on building with timber. "We can't predict what's going on under the ground, but we can develop technology to give greater resilience above ground and that's really what we're doing here".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inside the EXPAN buildingWelcome to EXPAN...
Inside the EXPAN buildingWelcome to EXPAN...
Bill Lee (University of Canterbury) and Peter Eggleton (Eggleton Group Ltd)John Findlay (Mainzeal) and Richard Hayman (Jasmax)
Bill Lee (University of Canterbury) and Peter Eggleton (Eggleton Group Ltd)John Findlay (Mainzeal) and Richard Hayman (Jasmax)
Aaron Quinn (Carters Auckland) and Jeremy WitbrockDave Williams (The Press) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)
Aaron Quinn (Carters Auckland) and Jeremy WitbrockDave Williams (The Press) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)
Don McBeath (MDS Law) and Stephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey)Admiring the EXPAN Building
Don McBeath (MDS Law) and Stephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey)Admiring the EXPAN Building
Dr Mark Quigley (University of Canterbury) and Rob Finch (STIC)Dr Mark Quigley shedding light on the seismic activity in Canterbury
Dr Mark Quigley (University of Canterbury) and Rob Finch (STIC)Dr Mark Quigley shedding light on the seismic activity in Canterbury
Rob Finch and Nikki Jerard of Structural Timber Innovation CompanyStephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey)
Rob Finch and Nikki Jerard of Structural Timber Innovation CompanyStephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey)
Scott Marshall (King Facade), Dave Williams (The Press), Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group) and Dr Mark Quigley (UC)Don McBeath and Lindsay Lloyd (MDS Law) with Rob Finch (STIC)
Scott Marshall (King Facade), Dave Williams (The Press), Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group) and Dr Mark Quigley (UC)Don McBeath and Lindsay Lloyd (MDS Law) with Rob Finch (STIC)
Paul Blackler (Mainzeal) welcoming guests to the eventJeremy Witbrock with Stephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey)
Paul Blackler (Mainzeal) welcoming guests to the eventJeremy Witbrock with Stephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey)
Lindsay Lloyd and Mark Beale (MDS Law) with Rob Finch (STIC)Trevor Watt (Athfield Architects) and David Carradine (University of Canterbury)
Lindsay Lloyd and Mark Beale (MDS Law) with Rob Finch (STIC)Trevor Watt (Athfield Architects) and David Carradine (University of Canterbury)
Scott Marshall (King Facade) and Wayne Lawson (CDHB)Gavin Brindley (Carter Holt Harvey) and Craig Lewis (Lewis Bradford)
Scott Marshall (King Facade) and Wayne Lawson (CDHB)Gavin Brindley (Carter Holt Harvey) and Craig Lewis (Lewis Bradford)
Julian Mace (Rawlinsons Ltd) and Steve Barrow (Steve Barrow)Allan Greig (Mainzeal), John Findlay (Mainzeal), David Reilly (Mainzeal) and Brendan Harris (Woods Harris)
Julian Mace (Rawlinsons Ltd) and Steve Barrow (Steve Barrow)Allan Greig (Mainzeal), John Findlay (Mainzeal), David Reilly (Mainzeal) and Brendan Harris (Woods Harris)
Dave Williams (The Press), Dr Mark Quigley (UC) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)Robert Finch (STIC), David Carradine (University of Canterbury) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)
Dave Williams (The Press), Dr Mark Quigley (UC) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)Robert Finch (STIC), David Carradine (University of Canterbury) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)
Stephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey), Jeremy Witbrock and Rob Finch (STIC)John Findlay (Mainzeal), David Reilly (Mainzeal), Gavin Brindley (CHH) and Allan Greig (Mainzeal)
Stephen Walker (Carter Holt Harvey), Jeremy Witbrock and Rob Finch (STIC)John Findlay (Mainzeal), David Reilly (Mainzeal), Gavin Brindley (CHH) and Allan Greig (Mainzeal)
Dave Williams (The Press) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)
Dave Williams (The Press) and Stephen Hogg (Aurecon Group)

 

   
   

 

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