Centre for

Improved analysis techniques for seismic assessment of unreinforced masonry buildings with flexible floor/roof diaphragms


► Dr Michael Griffith
Associate Professor Mark Masia
► Professor Jason Ingham
Emeritus Professor Adrian Page
► Professor Guido Magenes

Project description

This international collaboration between New Zealand, Italy and Australia will lead to a significantly improved, practice-oriented, analysis technique for the seismic assessment of new and existing unreinforced masonry buildings.

This development is needed so that structural engineers can accurately determine which of the existing buildings in our cities pose a significant hazard to the public in the event of a bigger than expected earthquake such as struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand on the 22nd of February 2011.


  • Allen, C., M.J. Masia and A.W. Page (2014). Cyclic in-plane shear behaviour of unreinforced masonry walls with openings. Proceedings of the 9th International Masonry Conference, Guimaraes, Portugal, July 7-9, 2014.
  • Allen, C., M.J. Masia, H. Derakhshan, M.C. Griffith, D. Dizhur and J.M. Ingham (2013). What ductility value should be used when assessing unreinforced masonry buildings? Proceedings of New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Technical Conference and AGM, Wellington, NZ, April 26-28, 2013.