27 Apr 2017

Engineering report variations for high rise 'very concerning'

From Morning Report, 8:27 am on 27 April 2017

Three different earthquake ratings by three different engineers for the same Wellington high-rise has the engineering industry concerned. One structural engineer has told a tenant of Alcatel-Lucent House in Manners Street that one floor could collapse in an aftershock. But another says it's as good as a brand new building. "It's doesn't reflect well on the profession" says the president of the Society for Earthquake Engineering, Peter Smith. "I don't think we will ever get full alignment between engineers, ...but we do want to see an improvement alignment."