John Berrill is Reader in Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He teaches and researches in engineering seismology and geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering. He has been a member of the ISSMFE technical committee TC4, on earthquake geotechnical engineering, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of international journals. He is particularly interested in seismic liquefaction and its effect on piled foundations, seismic hazard analysis and on the in-situ testing of soils. He has served in both building and bridge code committees in New Zealand, and the current NZ seismic design loads are based on his work and that of his students. Futher information can be found here.


  • Berrill, J.B. and S. Yasuda [2002] "Liquefaction and Piled Foundations: Some Issues", Journal of Earthquake Engineering, in press.
  • R.O. Davis and J.B. Berrill [2001] "Liquefaction at the Imperial Valley Wildlife Site ", Bulletin of the New Zealand National Society for Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 34, pp. 91-106.
  • J.B. Berrill, S.A. Christensen, R.P. Keenan, W. Okada and J.R. Pettinga [2001] "Case Study of Lateral Spreading Forces on a Piled Foundation", Geótechnique, Vol. 51, pp. 501-517.
  • R.O. Davis and J.B. Berrill [2001] "Correlation of Pore Pressure and Dissipated Energy in Earthquakes - Field Verification ", J. Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 127, pp. 269-274.
  • R.O. Davis and J.B. Berrill [1998], "Site Specific Prediction of Liquefaction", Géotechnique, Vol. 48, pp. 289-293.