Luke is a geotechnical engineer at Tonkin + Taylor, where he has been working since January 2016 on a range of New Zealand-based projects.
Before joining T+T, Luke completed a PhD at the University of Auckland, producing his thesis "Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction in the Earthquake Performance of Multi-Storey Buildings on Shallow Foundations”, under the supervision of Professor Michael Pender.
His thesis centred on multi-storey buildings in the Christchurch CBD that performed well during the Mw 6.2 Christchurch Earthquake of February 22, 2011. As part of this, he examined the influence of shallow foundation uplift combined with permanent soil deformation in the earthquake response of the multi-storey buildings and considered whether those effects accounted for the buildings’ satisfactory performance.
Luke’s primary focus since joining T+T has been working with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) on the Christchurch Earthquake recovery, investigating the liquefaction vulnerability of properties in Canterbury and the potential measures to mitigate that vulnerability.
Storie, L. B., Every, C. & Van Ballegooy, S. 2017. “Methodology for Developing Microzonation Maps of Predicted Liquefaction Vulnerability Severity.” PBDIII: Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Vancouver, Canada.