About the SCIRT Learning Legacy Project

The SCIRT Learning Legacy project began part way through the SCIRT programme to capture, document and share SCIRT learnings and innovations. It aims to make freely available the resources and tools to benefit organisations and communities world-wide, particularly those in high hazard zones.

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Who will benefit from the SCIRT Learning Legacy?

Governments, local authorities and large public asset owners world-wide in high earthquake (or other hazard) prone locations are anticipated to be primary beneficiaries and users. Academics and students studying response to natural hazards and subsequent rebuild programmes are also expected to be major users of the compiled legacy repository. Any organisation undertaking a major infrastructure project may find this website useful.


Other resources

The EQ Recovery Learning website is a platform for sharing tools, insights and information from the Canterbury earthquake recovery to help leaders and communities faced with disaster recovery in the future.

The EQ Recovery Learning website is part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. They work with organisations and groups across recovery, including the private sector, community organisations, social enterprise and government, to bring together the collective learning from the Canterbury earthquakes.



SCIRT would like to thank and acknowledge the valuable contributions of Callaghan Innovation, the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the University of Auckland, the University of Canterbury and its organisations, UC CEISMIC, and the Quake Centre and Resilient Organisations. We would also like to acknowledge the time, assistance and advice of the Olympic Delivery Authority (UK), and the numerous organisations and individuals that played a role in forming the SCIRT Learning Legacy.


The following description is a simplified summary of the contributions that led to the establishment of the SCIRT Learning Legacy. It shows how the concept developed over time with valuable inputs from many sources.


Item Description Dates
Alliance Agreement The founding document of SCIRT included objectives specifying the dissemination of new ideas and of lifting workforce capability (implying idea sharing). May-Sept 2011
Innovations Innovations were included as key performance indicators (KPIs) of SCIRT, within the value key result area. They gained impetus as the Delivery Team construction work allocation became based on KPIs in 2013-14. Sept 2011 – June 2015
Innovation Management The encouragement of designers’ “bright ideas” and constructors’ “best practice” ensured an ongoing focus on innovations and created the need for a management process to enable the evaluation, testing and documentation of innovations. 2012
Sharing of Ideas Several parallel or overlapping discussions occurred, building an awareness that publicity of ideas and learnings was sensible:

Focus Group The three University of Canterbury enterprises, along with the University of Auckland, Callaghan Innovation and SCIRT took part in a workshop, which gave rise to the concept and name ‘SCIRT Learning Legacy’. Late 2013 – early 2014
Project Team The Quake Centre appointed a project manager and led the process of defining and creating SCIRT’s Learning Legacy facility. Mid to late 2014
Formal Stories Story creation began, with SCIRT team members managing and writing stories. 2015 – mid 2016
SCIRT Learning Legacy Team A management plan was created, with SCIRT board support and funding approval. A dedicated project manager and professional writers were brought into a team working with a steering group made of SCIRT management team members. August 2016