Friday, September 25, 2009

New earthquake research project in Canada


Carleton is one of eight universities participating in a new $5-million Canadian network that will help identify, assess and mitigate urban earthquake risks in Canada.

Announced Thursday, the Canadian Seismic Research Network is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and is headquartered at McGill University.

“A high percentage of Canada’s urban infrastructure was constructed prior to the adoption of modern seismic design provisions in the 1970s, and many of these have been found to be deficient,” said Prof. David Lau, Carleton’s team leader.

Researchers and graduate students at Carleton will conduct research to ensure Canada’s critical infrastructure — hospitals, schools and bridges — remain operational after a seismic event.

This is really good news. Provides work for the poor academics. I'm quite happy.

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