6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering

I am delighted to invite you to join us at the 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (6ICEGE) in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-4 November 2015. Following the highly successful conferences in Tokyo 1995, Lisbon 1999, Berkeley 2004, Thessaloniki 2007 and Santiago 2011, this will be the sixth in the series of specialized conferences organized under the auspices of The Technical Committee on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Associated Problems (TC203) of ISSMGE.

Christchurch, the second largest city of New Zealand, was hit by a series of destructive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 causing 185 fatalities and extensive damage to the buildings and lifelines of Canterbury (~$40 billion New Zealand dollars loss). While undoubtedly the earthquakes had many engineering, scientific and social facets, one may argue that from an engineering viewpoint the 2010-2011 earthquakes were largely geotechnical in nature, and were dominated by the unprecedented impacts from soil liquefaction and rock-falls over nearly half of the city area. Christchurch is now embarking on a large reconstruction project in which ground improvement, foundation engineering and restoration of lifelines comprise a substantial component of the $40 billion NZD rebuild effort. Indeed, Christchurch provides an exceptional context and venue for the 6ICEGE.

We believe the 6ICEGE will provide an excellent opportunity for earthquake and geotechnical engineers, geologists and seismologists, consulting engineers, public and private contractors, city and national authorities, and all those involved with engineering works and research related to earthquake geotechnical engineering, to exchange ideas and present their recent experience and developments.

With your active participation in the 6ICEGE, this coming conference will also be a successful event where you will be professionally rewarded and at the same time you will enjoy New Zealand’s stunning natural and cultural beauty.

I look forward to welcoming you to Christchurch – The Garden City - in November 2015.

Prof Misko Cubrinovski
Conference Chairman
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand