Geometric characterisation of pre-1940 masonry buildings in Brisbane

Study level


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Hossein Derakhshan
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


This project is to characterize Brisbane masonry building details that are associated with the greatest potential earthquake risk. It will be done through online and street surveys including photographic survey and further desktop study.

Research activities

The students can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • a literature review on masonry building earthquake performance to identify typical risky building details
  • further literature review to familiarize with factors affecting the building details earthquake 'capacity'
  • online surveys (e.g. using council archives) and to a greater degree street photographic survey of the building details
  • desktop study to report on the characterization and findings


The outcome will be a documented catalogue of buildings with greatest potential earthquake risk. This document will be used in later earthquake risk assessment studies.



Contact the supervisor for more information.