Free rapid assessment workshops for geo-professionals

Posted: 29 November 2017

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Geotechnical professionals who are interested in applying their skills in a civil defence response are invited to attend a free MBIE workshop in early 2018.

The workshops will be run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and provide training on how to assess geo-hazards that could pose a life-safety risk to building occupants, as part of a rapid building assessment process. Once trained, participants will be added to MBIE’s register of rapid building assessors who can be called on to help during a state of emergency, or during a lesser event in special circumstances.

This course is for geo-professionals (especially CPEng and PEngGeol) with at least three years’ experience, including the assessment of geo-hazards and/or land instability

The geotechnical field guide, published by MBIE earlier this year, is the key resource and provides further information on the assessment process.

The all-day programme will include training on:

  • the Civil Defence Emergency Management structure
  • the rapid geotechnical assessment process and the role of the geo-professional in an emergency event
  • identifying geotechnical life-safety hazards and standard descriptions
  • decision-making on application of placards
  • completing assessment forms
  • interacting with residents and building owners
  • safety and wellbeing.

Register to attend a workshop. Please note that limited spaces are available.

If you have any queries, please email your questions to

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