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Date PostedApril 2, 2012

Earthquake Engineering and Construction

It’s not actually in the white card course, but it is quite interesting to learn about how buildings are constructed in earthquake prone areas where the danger of natural disasters is much larger and much more prevalent. Although we don’t get earthquakes in Australia too often, it is necessary to know how to prevent building destruction if there was one. This would come in very useful if you were planning on moving to another country to do work, where you would need to obtain their version of the white card. Australia does not include it in the course only because are not as prone to earthquakes as other countries. If, however it was a threat then we would impose safety regulations for buildings that are more stringent than the ones that we have now.

The Goals of Earthquake Construction Proofing

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There are two main goals of construction in earthquake prone areas, and these are pretty simple.

1. The first is that the engineers should try and predict how dangerous an earthquake could be in that particular area.

2. The second is simply to construct the building in a manner that is fit to this danger, so that in the event of a disaster, the buildings structural integrity would stay strong.

This sounds a whole lot simpler than it actually is, check out this Wikepedia page on just how difficult it can be to construct a building in an earthquake prone zone, something Japan is an expert at.

The Seismic Performance Assessment

A seismic performance assessment is not something that you will see in the white card online course, but if the white card you were after was for another country, then it might be. This is simply a test that determines whether a building would be safe in the event of an earthquake. The test is really just a simulation of an earthquake at different magnitudes, to see at what point the building would crumble. It’s really quite interesting to see how it works (they basically just shake a mock building around a little bit).

Grab Your White Card Online to Participate In This Kind of Construction

In any case, you need your white card to even step onto anything deemed a construction site so that you are safer in the work that you do and the building that you are working on is safer in it’s structure. If you even wanted to work in earthquake preventative construction, (as rare as it is in Australia) you would have to complete the white card course. So get online and finish it today to have it under your belt for the future.


Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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