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CTV designer suspended, fined

IPENZ acts against CTV building designer, levies $10k penalty.

Chris Hutching
Fri, 07 Nov 2014

The designer of Christchurch’s CTV building, David Harding, has been suspended from the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and fined $10,000.

The building killed 115 people when it collapsed in the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

A disciplinary committee of the Institution of Professional Engineers found Mr Harding contravened the code of ethical conduct when he failed to mention in his application for reassessment as a chartered professional engineer he designed the CTV Building in 1986.

His application process began five months after the collapse.

The committee says by failing to disclose his involvement in the design of the CTV building, Mr Harding denied his peers the opportunity to make a judgement regarding the relevance of his involvement in the design of the CTV building when assessing Mr Harding's current competence as a professional engineer.

The disciplinary committee also heard the complaint about Mr Harding’s conduct as an IPENZ member at the time of the CTV building’s design. This decision has not yet been released.

The actual effect on Mr Harding is unclear because he resigned from IPENZ earlier this year.

c.hutch@clear.net.nz

Chris Hutching
Fri, 07 Nov 2014
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