Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) anchors used for strengthening of Reinforced Concrete


Project code:  ENG001

Supervisor

Jason Ingham

FRP is a material that can be used to strengthen deficient reinforced concrete structures. To ensure that the FRP does not delaminate from the concrete substrate it is recommended to use FRP anchors that are set into the concrete. However, there is almost no guidance available on the design of FRP anchors. Consequently, the objective of this project is to characterize the behaviour of FRP anchors via testing, with the eventual aim of developing design guidance. No skills or pre-requisites required.

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Assessing the equity issues of Auckland’s and Wellington’s transport infrastructure


Project code:  ENG002

Supervisor

Subeh Chowdhury

The student will assess the connectivity of Auckland’s and Wellington’s public transport network to determine current equity issues.

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Testing of singly reinforced concrete walls in existing buildings


Project code:  ENG003

Supervisor

Rick Henry

Working in the Structures Testing Lab at the Newmarket campus to test reinforced concrete walls.  Aim of the tests it to understand the seismic behaviour of concrete walls in existing buildings built in the 1950-1980s.  Output will be used to improve seismic assessment guidelines.

Tasks include

  • Constructing concrete wall specimen
  • Setting up walls in the lab (steel components, actuators etc.)
  • Attaching sensors and setting up data acquisition system
  • Testing to earthquake simulated loading

May also include test data analysis and/or numerical modelling is the student is interested in these aspects of the research.

Will involve working within a team including PhD and undergrad students.

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Dynamic properties of geomaterials


Project code:  ENG004

Supervisor

A/Prof RP Orense

This research will investigate the seismic properties of soils using laboratory tests or in-situ field investigation and/or numerical analysis and their effect(s) on the response of structures. The objectives are: (1) To investigate the dynamic properties and liquefaction characteristics of various types of soils and geomaterials; and (2) to understand the effects of these properties on the dynamic response of structures.

Requirement

At least B grade in Geomechanics 3.

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Correlation between SDS Data and geotechnical parameters


Project code:  ENG005

Supervisor

A/Prof RP Orense

The Screw Driving Sounding (SDS) method is a new field investigation technique for the geotechnical characterisation of soils. Several SDS tests have been performed in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch at locations where boring data and CPT data are available. This project will attempt to formulate procedures by which SDS parameters can be used directly to estimate various geotechnical parameters, such as: soil type (e.g. CPT Ic), CPT qc, undrained shear strength in clays and relative density of sands, using available data.

Requirement

At least B grade in Geomechanics 1 & 2.

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GUI for stereo vision applications in water environments


Project code:  ENG006

Supervisor

Dr Heide Friedrich

My research group is using stereo vision to study water-worked environments. We have various workflows and codes (various languages, Matlab, C++, Python to name a few), and would like to compile it into a stand-alone package. This project is a desktop study. You will be working with several research students from my team. We also encourage you to get familiar with the stereo vision system and have a bit of fun obtaining your own data, if interested.

Skills needed

GUI platform is planned to be MATLAB. You have experience with MATLAB, and are highly motivated to become an advanced MATLAB user.

Student background

This project would be suited to BEng or BSc students with Software Engineering or Computer Science background, who have an interest in stereo vision and coding. You’ll be part of a growing research team that values diversity and creativity.

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Understanding torrents that flow on the seabed


Project code:  ENG007

Supervisor

Dr Heide Friedrich

My research group is studying mixed flows, such as sediment laden flows, in our hydraulic engineering laboratory. Those are highly dynamic environments, and we have high-quality imaging data of instantaneous mixing behaviour. This project is a desktop study to better understand the potential to use the existing imaging data for correlating the dynamic changes in patterns, similar to Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). The overall aim of the project is to (i) research suitable pattern correlation algorithms already successfully applied in other fields and (ii) apply them to our existing data.

Skills needed

Analysis will be done with MATLAB. You have experience with MATLAB, or are highly motivated to become an advanced MATLAB user.

Student background

his project is open to any BEng or BSc student, who has an interest on image analysis and pattern recognition, applied to our natural water environments. You’ll be part of a growing research team that values diversity and creativity.

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Quake Evacuation Modelling by using a Virtual Reality-enhanced Serious Game approach


Project code:  ENG008

Supervisors

Students are required to have some programming skills (C++/C#) and structural engineering background (the latter is not compulsory). The project is inserted in a wider research project, so students won’t need to start from scratch and will join a vibrant research team, in a very exciting engineering domain.

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Dynamic Response of the Auckland Building Stock


Project code:  ENG009

Supervisor

Liam Wotherspoon

The aim of the project is to measure the dynamic characteristics of a wide range of buildings across Auckland. Monitoring equipment will be installed in a number of buildings to determine their in-service response. A range of buildings heights and construction types will be targeted to understand how the measured response is affected by these properties. We are interested in the general trends in these characteristics across a large database of structures.

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Geotechnical site characterisation across the Auckland region


Project code:  ENG010

Supervisor

Liam Wotherspoon

The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the dynamic characteristics of Auckland soils and soil profiles. This will help better understand the potential amplification that could occur during earthquake excitation. To achieve this a field investigation programme will be developed and carried out by the student across regions of interest in the city. Geophysical investigation methods will be employed and studies aligned with existing subsurface investigation data. A large portion of the research will be spent in the field, with the balance spend analysing the field data and developing models for the different deposits and regions.

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Bi-directional testing of precast concrete panels


Project code:  ENG011

Supervisor

Lucas Hogan

Will assist with testing, data processing, and image correlation of a bi-directional concrete wall panel test.

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Use of digital image correlation for field testing of structures


Project code:  ENG012

Supervisor

Lucas Hogan

Will help to develop use of digital image correlation for use in testing of foundations and structures in the field.

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Smart Seismic Cities – building database


Project code:  ENG013

Supervisor

Work with QuakeCoRE researchers to develop a database of tall buildings in Wellington. Database will be capable of creating simple building models to estimate the performance of the building inventory after an earthquake, a key input for pre-event planning and post-event response.

Students will be connected with other summer students working on earthquake related projects at QuakeCoRE partners.

Prefer after 3rd year, but after 2nd year acceptable.

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Smart Seismic Cities – building instrumentation


Project code:  ENG014

Supervisor

Work with QuakeCoRE researchers to develop a database of instrumented buildings in Wellington. Database will be used in combination with the building model database to provide key input for pre-event planning and post-event response.

Students will be connected with other summer students working on earthquake related projects at QuakeCoRE partners.

Prefer after 3rd year, but after 2nd year acceptable.

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Networked-GIS for real-time environmental modelling

Networked-GIS for real-time environmental modelling


Project code:  SCI142

Department

School of Environment, Faculty of Science

Supervisor

Sam Trowsdale

Software Engineer/ Computer Scientist/ GIS wiz wanted to help establish a new way to model rainfall-runoff. You will help develop a proof of concept responsive web-app visualisation calling on networked GIS to simulate rainfall-runoff. You will have programming, networking or GIS experience and will work alongside a small team in the School of Environment and e-research to apply these skills. Students from Environmental Science, Computer Science or Engineering should apply.

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