Chris Massey


Full Name: Chris Massey

Position: Engineering Geologist

Contact details

Email: C.Massey
Phone: +64-4-570 4770


1996: BSc, Hons, Geology; 1999: MSc, DIC Engineering Geology; 2010: PhD, Engineering Geology

Areas of expertise

Business Development: Geostpatial modeling
Business Development: Geotechnical slope stability software
Business Development: Hazard Assessment
Business Development: Hazards Warning Systems
Business Development: Risk Assessment
Business Development: Terrestrial laser scanning
Geology: Rock mass evaluation
Geology: Structural geological mapping
Geomorphology: Aerial photograph interpretation
Geomorphology: Geological and geomorphological mapping
Geophysics: Construction supervision
Geophysics: Drainage design
Geophysics: Emergency response and mitigation design
Geophysics: Foundation design
Geophysics: Geohazard assessments
Geophysics: Landslide monitoring
Geophysics: Retaining wall analysis and design
Geophysics: Rock and soil slope analysis
Geophysics: Rock fall analysis and design
Geophysics: Underground roof support (mining)

Professional activities

NZ Geotechnical Society: Member
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Joint Technical Committee (JTC-1) Natural slopes and landslides: Technical panel member
Chartered Geologist: Geological Society of London, UK: Member
Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS): Geological Society of London: Fellow
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: US-NZ Joint Commission Meeting on Science.: leader of Activity 5 Landslide threat assessment

Major publications

Massey, C.I.; McSaveney, M.J.; Taig, T.; Richards, L.; Litchfield, N.J.; Rhoades, D.A.; McVerry, G.H.; Lukovic, B.; Heron, D.W.; Ries, W.; Van Dissen, R.J. 2014 Determining rockfall risk in Christchurch using rockfalls triggered by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence, New Zealand. Earthquake Spectra, 30(1): 155-181; doi: 10.1193/021413EQS026M

Massey, C.I.; Petley, D.N.; McSaveney, M.J. 2013 Patterns of movement in reactivated landslides. Engineering Geology, 159: 1-19; doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.03.011

Massey, C.I.; Manville, V.R.; Hancox, G.T.; Keys, H.J.; Lawrence, C.; McSaveney, M.J. 2010 Out-burst flood (lahar) triggered by retrogressive landsliding, 18 March 2007 at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand : a successful early warning. Landslides, 7(3): 303-315; doi: 10.1007/s10346-009-0180-5

Hearn, G.J.; Massey, C.I. 2009 Engineering geology in the management of roadside slope failures : contributions to best practice from Bhutan and Ethiopia. Quarterly journal of engineering geology and hydrogeology, 42(4): 511-528; doi: 10.1144/1470-9236/08-004

Massey, C.I.; Palmer, N.G. 2007 Monitoring landslide movement and triggering factors in near real-time : examples from translational landslides in New Zealand. p. 439-447 IN: Potvin, Y. (ed.) Slope stability 2007 : proceedings of the 2007 International Symposium on Rock Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, 12-14 September 2007, Perth, Australia. Nedland, WA: Australian Centre for Geomechanics

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