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News Release from Earthquake Engineering

Beca in Romania for Seismic Building Code Review Project

17 August 2007

In 1977, Romania's capital city, Bucharest, experienced an earthquake that measured 7.4 on the Richter scale. It caused 1570 deaths, wounded over 11,000 and caused in excess of US$2 billion of building damage. 33 large buildings collapsed and 3,500 were damaged.

Beca International Consultants Ltd won a contract earlier this year which is now well underway. It is being led by Technical Director of Earthquake Engineering, Dr Richard Sharpe and Technical Director of Structural Engineering, Rob Jury to review and add to parts of the Romanian building code that address the assessment and earthquake strengthening of Romaniaís existing buildings.

The Beca team includes input from other members of the New Zealand Earthquake Engineering Business Cluster, and contributes to New Zealandís reputation as an international centre for earthquake engineering.

The World Bank funded project is likely to take eight months to complete.


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