Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas

Job Title

Programme Director, GDBM


My current research interests include:

  • Post earthquake fires
  • Impact of fire safety on building space planning
  • Fire resistance of timber structures
  • Earthquake resistance of light timber frame domestic dwellings
  • Development of performance based building codes, in particular in regard to fire safety in buildings.

My current research projects explore: - GIS modelling of fires following earthquakes - Modelling the performance of gypsum plasterboard at high temperatures - Effect of water supply variables on the cost and feasibility of domestic sprinkler systems - Relationship between building accessibility and frequency of related accidents - Cost: benefit of upgrading house foundations to resists earthquakes.

  • Building code compliance
  • Earthquake resistance