Dr Seokho Jeong


Qualifications: BE M2P PhD

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About Seokho

I am currently seeking applications for a Master's scholarship, for a project titled "Dynamic site characterisation of the Waikato basin using surface wave methods".

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Research Interests

  • Implication of the site effect in local and regional seismic hazard
    • Dynamic response analysis and validation of soft sedimentary basins
    • Analysis and validation of the topographic effect on the ground motions
    • Incorporation of the topographic effect into the seismic design procedures
  • Landslides
    • Mechanics of landslide triggering and deformation
    • Regional scale modelling of co-seismic landslide hazard
  • Field testing and monitoring
    • Geophysical site characterisation testing
    • Experimental investigation of the seismic site effect
    • Experimental investigation of the dynamic response of soil-foundation-structure systems
    • Application of low-cost motion sensors for earthquake engineering problems

My current research focuses on characterising the seismic hazard and the associated risks, accounting for the local and regional variability. My past research has quantitatively investigated how the ground shaking intensity varies due to the local geological setup, focusing on the case studies. The long-term goal of my research is to mitigate the seismic risks and to enhance the societal resilience; I plan to achieve that goal by delivering innovative engineering approaches, informed by the rigorous case studies and advanced numerical simulations.

Teaching Commitments



Geotechnical Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Ground Motion; Geophysics

Recent Publications

  • Jeong, S., Asimaki, D., Dafni, J., & Wartman, J. (2019). How topography-dependent are topographic effects? Complementary numerical modeling of centrifuge experiments. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 116, 654-667. doi:10.1016/j.soildyn.2018.10.028

  • Bradley, B., Wotherspoon, L., Kaiser, A., Cox, B., & Jeong, S. (2018). Influence of site effects on observed ground motions in the Wellington region from the Mw 7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. doi:10.1785/0120170286

  • McGann, C. R., Bradley, B., & Jeong, S. (2018). Empirical correlation for estimating shear wave velocity from cone penetration test data for Banks Peninsula loess soils in Canterbury, New Zealand. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 144(9). doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001926

  • Jeong, S., Bradley, B. A., & Wotherspoon, L. M. (2018). Topographic Amplification of Ground Motions in Mt. Pleasant, Christchurch, New Zealand: An Experimental Study. In Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V: Seismic Hazard Analysis, Earthquake Ground Motions, and Regional-Scale Assessment Vol. 2018-June. Austin, Texas, USA. doi:10.1061/9780784481462.062

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Contact Details

Room: EF 1.01
Phone: +64 7 858 5645