08/03/2017 - Weekend Five & Week Six: Invercargill

by Tia Deharpport November. 30, 2017 656 views
Over the weekend and for most of the next week, I got to travel to the south island of New Zealand with PhD students and another intern from the University of Auckland. It was an interesting group - one American (me), one French, one Eqyptian, one Indian, and one Spanish spending the week together.

Over the weekend and for most of the next week, I got to travel to the south island of New Zealand with PhD students and another intern from the University of Auckland. It was an interesting group - one American (me), one French, one Eqyptian, one Indian, and one Spanish spending the week together.

A good amount of the work I was doing was to do pedestrian counts. I basically sat either in the cold on a street corner, or inside drinking a warm cup of coffee while looking outside, and counted the number of people walking, biking, and running by on the sidewalk in certain time intervals.

A good amount of the work I was doing was to do pedestrian counts. I basically sat either in the cold on a street corner, or inside drinking a warm cup of coffee while looking outside, and counted the number of people walking, biking, and running by on the sidewalk in certain time intervals.

The pedestrian counts will go toward the research I've been working on with building debris. Basically, it will help us determine the likelihood that someone would die if they are walking down the street as an earthquake hits. A bit morbid, right?

The pedestrian counts will go toward the research I've been working on with building debris. Basically, it will help us determine the likelihood that someone would die if they are walking down the street as an earthquake hits. A bit morbid, right?

I also did other research which involved walking through the streets of Invercargill and determining which structural systems were used in each building in the city. This data will to toward a seismic preparedness report for Invercargill. Here's a picture on my way back to Auckland!

I also did other research which involved walking through the streets of Invercargill and determining which structural systems were used in each building in the city. This data will to toward a seismic preparedness report for Invercargill. Here's a picture on my way back to Auckland!

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