Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics
Seismic assessment of the Manchester Courts building is presented. This building was demolished following severe damage that resulted from the magnitude 7.1 Darfield earthquake (Canterbury, NZ) on 4 September 2010, amongst widespread objection from heritage supporters who believed that this historic building could be adequately reinstated. Finite element (FE) analysis was used to undertake a performance-based assessment using time-history analyses, and the accuracy of the model was validated by comparing the simulated results with benchmark experimental data and observed damage. The finite element model utilised two-dimensional (2D) elements in three-dimensional (3D) space and the macro modelling method was used.