Created By: University of Canterbury
If you wander into the lobby of the Lane Neave building on Cambridge Terrace, you will be able to spot the seemingly boring white steel frames. But not all steel frames are created equal, and this is a special type called a "rocking steel frame". This frame is designed so that when a big earthquake hits, the building can in a way sway backwards and forwards. The frame is made so that it can move a lot without being significantly damaged. In addition to this, you may be able to spot some U-shaped steel bits in the gaps between the steel frame and the wall. These also have a very specific purpose. When the building sways back and forth during a major earthquake, you have to make sure that it doesn't collide with other buildings, or that different parts of the same building collide with each other. These U-shaped steel parts can be squished together and thus prevent the building from damaging itself or surrounding buildings.
This point of interest is part of the tour: EQ Resilience CHCH