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Base Isolation and DamageResistant Technologies for Improved Seismic Performance of Buildings
(University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2011)Modern methods of seismic design (since the 1970s) allow structural engineers to design new buildings with the aim of predictable and ductile behaviour in severe earthquakes, in order to prevent collapse and loss of life. ... 
A BASIC translator
(University of Canterbury. Dept. of Computer Science, 1987)This project involves writing a translator that will convert a program written in a BASIClike language into an intermediate code form. The translated programs are to be run on an SDR2. Programs will be developed on a ... 
Benchmarking the readiness of road controlling authorities to meet their obligations under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEEM) Act 2002
(University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2010)This research develops an assessment tool and provides initial findings of whether RCAs are meeting their obligations under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002, which states that the road network, ... 
Bernstein's theorem on weighted Besov spaces
(University of Canterbury. Dept. of Mathematics, 1995)It is a wellknown fact that the integrability of the Fourier transform of a function (or a distribution) is intimately related to its smoothness. The result of this type is usually called Bernstein's theorem. A most ... 
Bounding probabilities in a Markovian model of character evolution
(University of Canterbury. Dept. of Mathematics, 1995)We investigate a probabilitybased model of character evolution. Using ErdosSzekely path systems, a sharp upper bound for the probability of a given character evolving under this model is obtained in terms of its parsimony ... 
Bounding the number of hybridisation events for a consistent evolutionary history
(University of Canterbury, 2004)Evolutionary processes such as hybridisation, lateral gene transfer, and recombination are all key factors in shaping the structure of genes and genomes. However, since such processes are not always best represented by ... 
Bounds on causal parameters of prospective ground motions and their effect on characteristics of selected ground motions
(Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, 2015)In this study, the effect of considering bounds on causal parameters of prospective ground motions (e.g., magnitude, sourcetosite distance, and site condition) for the purpose of groundmotion selection is investigated. ... 
A brief interaction with continued fractions
(University of Canterbury. Mathematics and Statistics, 2009)Basic concepts of simple continued fractions are introduced and some important theorems explored. The effect of an infinite continued fraction's elements forming a convergent series is looked at via an example of geometric ... 
Budgeted nature reserve selection with diversity feature loss and arbitrary split systems
(University of Canterbury. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2010)Arising in the context of biodiversity conservation, the Budgeted Nature Reserve Selection (BNRS) problem is to select, subject to budgetary constraints, a set of regions to conserve so that the phylogenetic diversity ... 
Building natural disaster response capacity: sound workforce strategies for recovery and reconstruction in APEC economies
(University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2013)This report examines and compares case studies of labour market policy responses in APEC economies to natural disasters. It first reviews the policies and practice within APEC economies and internationally in managing ... 
Building Organisational Resilience: A summary of Key Research Findings
(University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering., 2006)This paper presents findings from a sixyear research programme underway in New Zealand to develop strategies for improving the resilience of organisations to major crisis events. The research takes a systems view of ... 
Building Virtual Worlds with the BigBang Model
(Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, University of CanterburyUniversity of Canterbury. Computer Science and Software Engineering, 2001)Visualisations implemented as virtual worlds can allow users to comprehend large graphs more e ectively. Good 3D layout algorithms are an important element. Angle has been devel oped as a platform for experimenting ... 
A business plan for the introduction of the Transflux fluid heater in the food processing industry in New Zealand
(University of Canterbury. Engineering, 1994)The heater market in New Zealand makes use of various sources of energy such as coal, gas, oil and electricity. Most large companies have central boilers providing steam or hot water. This steam or hot water is then fed ... 
A Calculus Based on Absence of Actions
(Department of Computer Science, University of CanterburyUniversity of Canterbury. Computer Science and Software Engineering, 1995)In this article we present a process algebra where the behaviour can be specified when certain actions cannot be exhibited. This is useful in specifying time outs, interrupts etc. We present a few properties which form ... 
The CARToptimizer package version 1.0 user's guide
(University of Canterbury. Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, 2012)The CARToptimizer package is a suite of MATLAB functions for solving numerical optimization problems. The suite has algorithms for local, global and constrained optimization problems, where the objective function can be ... 
Cascade algorithm revisited.
(University of Canterbury. Computer Science and Software Engineering, 2014)We revisit the cascade algorithm for the all pairs shortest path (APSP) problem. The operation on the distace data is limited to the triple oper ation of min{a, b + c}. The best known complexity on this model is n3 by ... 
A Case Study in Specifying and Testing Architectural Features
(Department of Computer Science, University of CanterburyUniversity of Canterbury. Computer Science and Software Engineering, 1993)This paper studies the specification and testing of two main architectural features. We consider restricted forms of instruction pipelining and parallel memory models present in the SPARC specification. The feasibility ... 
Causal diagrams for I(1) structural VAR models
(University of Canterbury, 2002)Structural Vector Autoregressions allow dependence among contemporaneous variables. If such models have a recursive structure, the causal relation among the variables can be represented by directed acyclic graphs. The ... 
A central limit theorem for parsimony length of trees
(University of Canterbury. Dept. of Mathematics, 1994)In phylogenetic analysis it is useful to study the distribution of parsimony length of a tree, under the null model by which the leaves are independently assigned letters according to prescribed probabilities. Except in ... 
A chain theorem for matroids
(University of Canterbury, 2006)Tutte's WheelsandWhirls Theorem proves that if M is a 3connected matroid other than a wheel or a whirl, then M has a 3connected minor N such that E(M)  E(N) = 1. Geelen and Whittle extended this theorem by showing ...