Strengthening strategies – overview
This topic looks at strategies to strengthen and remediate ground and structures to improve seismic resilience. More detail can be found in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s guidance Repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes. Section 15.3 of this guidance, which was updated in April 2015, is particularly relevant to these topics.
The New Zealand Geotechnical Society also provides the following detailed guidance for assessing and remediating liquefaction-prone residential sites in the Canterbury region:
- Earthquake geotechnical engineering practice – Module 3: Identification, assessment and mitigation of liquefaction hazards
- Earthquake geotechnical engineering practice – Module 5: Ground improvement of soils prone to liquefaction
- Earthquake geotechnical engineering practice – Module 5A: Specification of ground improvement for residential properties in the Canterbury region
While this guidance is intended to assist with ground improvement following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, it provides useful advice for ground strengthening in other liquefaction-prone areas of New Zealand.
In 2017, MBIE and the Ministry for the Environment published Planning and engineering guidance for potentially liquefaction-prone land, which provides a risk-management approach to the use and development of land in potentially liquefaction-prone areas.
Replacement techniques – including gravel mats
Densification techniques – including dynamic compaction, rapid-impact compaction, vibro-compaction, stone columns, compaction piles, compaction grouting and resin injection
Solidification techniques – including soil mixing, jet grouting and permeation grouting
Reinforcement techniques – including lattice wall and grid piling methods
Drainage techniques – including permanent dewatering and vertical drains
Strengthening residential buildings
NZS 3604-type pile foundations
Bracing foundations – including bracing perimeter foundations, bracing open pile foundations (sheet bracing and diagonal bracing) and bracing jack-stud frames
Strengthening commercial and public buildings
Performance requirements – including minimum recommended SLS and ULS performance of retaining structures in various locations