Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery

Canterbury, New Zealand

Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery

  • Client
    NZTA/Kiwi Rail
  • Contractor
    NCTIR
  • Duration
    2+ years

Following the 7.8-magnitude Kaikōura earthquake in November 2016, the damage to the Main North Line railway and SH1 along the east coast of the South Island was unprecedented. The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance was set-up to restore the road and rail networks..

Geotechnics’ involvement in the rebuild has included laboratory work, CPT and drilling field work, providing Geologists/site staff for the investigation programme, Geotechnical data reporting, some Ground Penetrating Radar services and some instrumentation services (inclinometers, profilometers, piezometers). 

In November 2018, the NCTIR team, KiwiRail and NZ Transport Agency won the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award which recognised their collective efforts in repairing the transport corridor on a global scale. Geotechnics is proud to have played a part in such a significant project.

Watch the video below for more information on the magnitude of the rebuild: 

Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery 2