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The development of design guidance for bridges in New Zealand for liquefaction and lateral spreading effects

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This report is a result of a NZ Transport Agency (Transport Agency) research project towards the development of guidelines for the design of bridges on sites prone to liquefaction and lateral spreading in New Zealand. The purpose of the report is to identify a clear set of available procedures for analysis and design that are based on observed seismic behaviour of bridges (reviewed case studies) and on the most recent research findings.
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    The development of design guidance for bridges in New Zealand for liquefaction and lateral spreading effects  July 2014 A Murashev, D Kirkcaldie and C Keepa, Opus International Consultants, Wellington M Cubrinovski, University of Canterbury, Christchurch R Orense, University of Auckland, Auckland NZ Transport Agency research report 553 Contracted research organisation – Opus International Consultants    ISBN 978-0-478-41961-0 (electronic) ISSN 1173-3764 (electronic) NZ Transport Agency Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand Telephone 64 4 894 5400; facsimile 64 4 894 6100 research@nzta.govt.nz www.nzta.govt.nz Murashev, A, D Kirkcaldie, C Keepa, M Cubrinovski and R Orense (2014) The development of design guidance for bridges in New Zealand for liquefaction and lateral spreading effects. NZ Transport Agency research report 553 . 142pp. Opus International Consultants was contracted by the NZ Transport Agency in 2013 to carry out this research. This publication is copyright © NZ Transport Agency 2014. Material in it may be reproduced for personal or in-house use without formal permission or charge, provided suitable acknowledgement is made to this publication and the NZ Transport Agency as the source. Requests and enquiries about the reproduction of material in this publication for any other purpose should be made to the Manager National Programmes, Investment Team, NZ Transport Agency, at research@nzta.govt.nz. Keywords:  bridge design, geotechnical, liquefaction analysis, liquefaction mitigation, seismic design, transport    An important note for the reader The NZ Transport Agency is a Crown entity established under the Land Transport Management Act 2003. The objective of the Agency is to undertake its functions in a way that contributes to an efficient, effective and safe land transport system in the public interest. Each year, the NZ Transport Agency funds innovative and relevant research that contributes to this objective. The views expressed in research reports are the outcomes of the independent research, and should not be regarded as being the opinion or responsibility of the NZ Transport Agency. The material contained in the reports should not be construed in any way as policy adopted by the NZ Transport Agency or indeed any agency of the NZ Government. The reports may, however, be used by NZ Government agencies as a reference in the development of policy. While research reports are believed to be correct at the time of their preparation, the NZ Transport Agency and agents involved in their preparation and publication do not accept any liability for use of the research. People using the research, whether directly or indirectly, should apply and rely on their own skill and  judgement. They should not rely on the contents of the research reports in isolation from other sources of advice and information. If necessary, they should seek appropriate legal or other expert advice.    Acknowledgements The funding for the project was provided by the New Zealand Transport Agency. John Wood of John Wood Consulting and C Y Chin of URS are thanked for their detailed review of the srcinal manuscript. Nigel Lloyd, John Reynolds and Barry Wright of the New Zealand Transport Agency are gratefully acknowledged for the valuable comments, advice and support they provided to the research team through the course of the project. Members of the Project Steering Group, Rob Jury of Beca and Lloyd Greenfield of the Christchurch City Council are thanked for their valuable input.
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