|History of the PCEE|
The first PCEE, then called the South Pacific Regional Conference on Earthquake Engineering was held at Victoria University, Wellington in May 1975. This conference, organised by the (then) New Zealand National Society for Earthquake Engineering, "acted as an invaluable forum for [the 160] designers and researchers sharing in the state-of-the-art of earthquake resistant design" according to the June NZNSEE Bulletin review (Vol. 8 No. 2, p170). It was so successful that 42 papers were presented at the second conference in May 1979, close to double the 24 presented at the first, and 38 papers were presented at the third in May 1983 (both also held at Victoria University).
The conference name was shortened to Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering for the fourth, in May 1987, to reflect the increasing portion of participants from the northern hemisphere. This conference, held in Wairakei (near Taupo, New Zealand) expanded to 106 papers. The fifth was held at the University of Auckland (95 papers in May 1991) and the sixth was a joint conference with the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, held at the University of Melbourne (109 papers in May 1995).
This seventh conference, with a total of 136 papers presented to over 200 delegates, is eight years after the sixth, rather than the four years between previous conferences, because the NZSEE hosted the twelfth world conference in Auckland in 2000.
The conference has always provided a valuable contribution to earthquake engineering in New Zealand because it brings together both professionals and researchers from a range of disciplines and a number of countries, principally from the Pacific Rim, but frequently also beyond.
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