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Moving Mountains to Reconnect Communities – The Kaikoura M7.8 2016 Earthquake in New Zealand, Dundee

  • Lecture
  • Dundee
  • 26 September 2019
  • 17:30 - 20:00
Moving Mountains to Reconnect Communities – The Kaikoura M7.8 2016 Earthquake in New Zealand, Dundee

About this event

A magnitude 7.8M earthquake struck Kaikoura and the North Canterbury Area of New Zealand just after midnight on the 14 November 2016. It was the most complex earthquake ever recorded, shaking lasted nearly two minutes and the earthquake resulted in displacements of up to 12m. The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Alliance was quickly formed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail to reinstate road and rail and improve resilience of the networks both North and South of Kaikoura.

The project has a value of $1.2 billion NZD and is expected to take three years to complete. The transport corridor was affected by up to 80 major landslides predominantly in the 70km coastal section of the route. Rail reopened in September 2017 and the road north of Kaikoura was reopened in December 2017 after a 13 month closure. The project was awarded the ICE People’s Choice Award in 2018.

ICE/IAT are happy to welcome Frances Neeson of WSP from New Zealand (currently working in Glasgow) to give a first hand account of working in and around such a complex and challenging real life situation.

Registration and refreshments from 5.45pm for a 6.15pm start.

For further information, please contact Kevin Smith [email protected]


Frances Neeson

Frances is an Engineering Geologist with over ten years’ experience in the consultancy industry and has recently relocated to Glasgow.

Prior to her move to the UK, the previous 2 years had seen Frances being based onsite, playing a key role in leading and coordinating the Geotechnical emergency response and recovery of the transport infrastructure networks (road and rail) following the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.

During her secondment to the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Alliance team, she has been responsible for leading a site based team of geotechnical professionals, abseil specialists, and helicopter operations. She has experience in incident and emergency response and providing advice to clients on managing geotechnical risk to operate networks safely.

Event venue

University of Dundee
LT2 Dalhousie Building
Old Hawkhill
Dundee DD1 4HB
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]