The Structural Engineering Laboratory

If you use Engineering Road, you’ll have noticed a lot of activity behind the hoardings opposite Facilities Management as the new Structural Engineering Laboratory begins to take shape.

Capable of testing full-scale building systems under a variety of load conditions, this facility will put UC at the forefront of earthquake engineering education and research in New Zealand.

Due for completion in February 2016, the laboratory will comprise a 2 metre thick strong floor of 300 square metres total area, and 1.6 metre thick walls that run 9.2 metres high and 28 metres long.

CERA Visionarium on campus

27 July-16 August, open seven days from10am-5pm (late night 29 July to 9pm), UCSA car park (next to the Events Centre)

UC will be hosting CERA’s Visionarium, a mobile exhibition hub featuring information about anchor projects, private rebuild projects and recovery initiatives in greater Christchurch. It includes interactive multi-media displays, information to take away and a video booth where you can have your say on the city’s future. The hub is staffed by Future Christchurch ambassadors and digital imagery in the Liquid Galaxy unit allows visitors to “fly through” the city to visualise future developments. Rebuild documentaries and informational videos are also screened.

Visitors also have the opportunity to take photographs in the photo booth to print into bookmarks.

Coming Up: UC Eco Week 2015!

Winter in Christchurch can sometimes feel endless…But don’t despair…after the 21 June the days are getting longer and in September we present UC Eco Week to bring some (sustainable) sparkle back into your life!

Eco Week is a festival of sustainability-focused events, which celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Eco Week will run from 14-18 September and we’re currently working on bringing you inspiring, fun and educational events that will not only get you thinking but provide opportunities to Make A Difference, both in your own life and in the wider world.

Think: free Fair Trade icecreams, tiny house open home on campus, the grand climate kilometer parade, an OpSoc Ball, a thought provoking fashion doco (True Cost), make your own body products and fermenting workshops, op shopping at UC, and much much more. Keep in touch via our Facebook page and check our website regularly.

Volunteers have played an important role in past Eco Weeks, adding extra sparkle, interest and life to the week.

If you have a couple of hours on any of the days in Eco Week you’ll make a real difference in lots of different ways. Contact Katie Nimmo (katie.nimmo@canterbury.ac.nz) or on 364 2025 if you are keen.

Book Giveaway – 7 August!

The library is organising book giveaways during 2015, giving you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection. The next giveaway is Friday 7 August, 12.15pm-3pm, Level 3, north side, Central Library, Puaka-James Hight building.

The new owner is the first person who wants the book. Please bring your own bags to take the books away.

 A book is in the giveaway because:

  • It no longer meets the demands of the course or research it was purchased for; or
  • Fewer copies of the title are now required; or
  • It is damaged and has been replaced; or
  • It was donated but does not meet the “in scope” criteria for Learning, Teaching and Research at UC.

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