Welcome to the web site of our research group at the University of Canterbury (UC). We strive to develop innovative methods and utilise advanced computational and experimental technologies to revolutionise societal resilience to earthquake hazards. In particular, our research focuses on various fundamental and applied aspects of earthquake engineering, from seismic hazard analysis and ground motion prediction to fragility analysis of structures, as well as over-arching subjects such as performance-based frameworks, structure-specific seismic loss assessment, and their role in decision making.

Brendon has been on the faculty at UC since 2010. He obtained his BE(Hons) and PhD from UC in 2007 and 2009, respectively. During 2009-2011, he held positions at GNS Science in Wellington and a post-doctoral fellow at Chuo University in Tokyo, and in 2016-2017 was a UPS Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Further information about the current research group members can be found here.

Brendon has consulting experience in seismic hazard analysis, ground motion selection, structural and geotechnical seismic response analysis, and seismic risk/loss assessment. His awards include: 2016 Prime Minister's MacDairmid Emerging Scientist Prize, 2016 ASCE Norman Medal, 2015 Shah Innovation Prize, 2015 TC203 Young Researcher Award, 2015 UC Teaching Award, 2014 New Zealand Young Engineer of the Year Award; 2014 Shamsher Prakash Foundation Research Award; 2013 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship; 2012 Ivan Skinner EQC award; 2008 NZSEE research prize. He is also the deputy director of QuakeCoRE: NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience, and a current member of the editorial boards of Earthquake Spectra and the Bulletin of the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering.

Recent news:

15/09/2018: Brendon Bradley, Robin Lee, and Ethan Thomson attended the SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA. Publications can be found here.

27/11/2018: Brendon Bradley delivered an invited lecture, and Karim Tarbali moderated a session at the 1st NZ-Japan Joint Symposium on Structural and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering in Christchurch, NZ.

15/06/2018: Brendon Bradley, Robin Lee, and Chris de la Torre attended the 5th Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (GEESDV) conference in Austin, Texas. Publications can be found here.

23/04/2018: Brendon Bradley delivered a plenary presentation in Suva, Fiji at the International Engineering Symposium - Sustainable Infrastructure Successful Economy. The presentation can be found here.

16/04/2018: Several members of the group attended the 2018 NZSEE Annual Conference. Robin Lee and Karim Tarbali gave oral presentations and Brendon Bradley delivered a plenary presentation. Publications can be found here.

14/2/2018: Brendon Bradley, Sung Bae, Daniel Lagrava, and Jason Motha attended the 2018 eResearch conference in Queenstown.

1/12/2017: Vahid Loghman joined the research group as a PhD student. Other research group members can be seen here.

25/10/2017: Brendon Bradley presented a keynote lecture at the 2017 Australian Earthquake Engineering Society (AEES) Annual Conference in Canberra, Australia, a pdf is available in the presentation section.

25/10/2017: Robin Lee was awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Foundation Postdoc Fellowship - one of only five awarded across all disciplines!

25/09/2017: Jagdish Vyas joined the research team as a postdoc fellow. Jagdish obtained his PhD from KAUST under the supervision of Martin Mai and will work on ground motion simulation including plasticity and multi-segment rupture.

10/09/2017: A large contingent of the research team attended the QuakeCoRE and SCEC Annual Meetings over the past few weeks. Presented posters can be found here.

26/08/2017: Congratulations to group members, Robin Lee and Karim Tarbali, both of whom passed their PhD examinations in the last month. Both Robin and Karim are continuing as post-doc fellows.

20/06/2017: Brendon Bradley and Chris de la Torre attended the 3rd International Conference on Performance-based Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, with Brendon delivering an invited theme lecture. You can see presentations here.

30/05/2017: Brendon Bradley delivered a seminar on the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake as part of the USGS Earthquake Science Center Seminar Series. You can see a YouTube video of the presentation here.

25/05/2017: Brendon Bradley visited UCLA, Virgina Tech, and Cornell over the past few weeks and interacted with Jon Stewart, Scott Brandenberg, Adrian Rodriguez-Marek, Russell Green, and Tom O'Rourke, as well as giving seminars on the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

20/04/2017: Hoby Razafindrakoto and Brendon Bradley attended the SSA Annual Meeting. You can see the presented oral and poster presentations on the group publications page here.

21/03/2017: Brendon Bradley was awarded the Prime Minister's MacDairmid Emerging Scientist Prize. (my personal) thanks to many great collaborators! A summary of some remarks made during the ceremony are here.

16/02/2017: Ground motion simulations of possible great earthquakes on the Alpine Fault, that were used in the 'Project AF8' emergency preparedness exercise have been accepted for publication in NZJGG. You can preview the paper in the Publications page, or watch an animation of the simulation here.

13/02/2017: A summary paper of our ground motion simulations performed in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake has been accepted for publication in earthquake spectra. You can preview the paper in the Publications page, or watch an animation of the simulation here.

Older (pre-2017) News