Flagship Programmes are a collection of QuakeCoRE-funded projects involving multi-institution and multi-disciplinary research collaboration, engagement with end-users, and co-funding. The initial Flagships described in this Collaboration Plan integrate successful on-going projects by QuakeCoRE researchers and leverage additional funding to achieve significant impacts for NZ.
FP1: Ground Motion Simulation & Validation: This Flagship aims to induce a paradigm shift in strong ground motion prediction through the use of high-fidelity physics-based simulation methods; merging state-of-the-art knowledge in strong motion seismology and geotechnical earthquake engineering
FP2: Liquefaction Impacts on Land and Infrastructure: This Flagship focuses on soil liquefaction as one of the principal earthquake hazards affecting land and infrastructure of New Zealand
FP3: Addressing Earthquake-Vulnerable Buildings - A multidisciplinary Approach This Flagship seeks multi-disciplinary research on existing buildings vulnerable to significant damage and potentially collapse in future earthquakes
FP4: Next-Generation Infrastructure - Low damage and repairable solutions: This Flagship seeks a new design paradigm whereby reparability and damage-control is explicitly considered in the design process. This requires the development of new low damage systems, quantification of the reparability of conventional systems, and addressing barriers to implementation.
FP5: Pathways To Improved Resilience: This Flagship focuses on determining how we decide where to invest attention and finances to improve NZ’s resilience to earthquakes.
FP6: Spatially-Distributed Infrastructure: This Flagship seeks to develop tools to assess the seismic performance of spatially-distributed infrastructure networks subject to extreme natural hazards.
In addition to the activities within each FP, there are also cross-FP initiatives, as noted below: