About Us

When a devastating series of earthquakes struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011, Ben Exton was a student and Geoff Banks was a practicing structural engineer. Ben was one of thousands of students who volunteered to help shovel liquefaction and support the affected residents of Christchurch - an experience which helped inspire him into the structural engineering field. Geoff found himself inspecting homes for safety and then supporting families and insurers in resolving protracted insurance claims.

Through these personal experiences, the founders of Seismic Shift have witnessed first-hand the human cost of earthquake damaged homes. They have seen how damage to these important structures impacts people’s financial, physical and mental wellbeing and creates enormous waste and climate emissions. 

Engineering standards are primarily designed to save lives.

But what if we could do even better? What if we could build more resilient homes that  would suffer less damage and protect people from the trauma of and financial costs of rebuilding and would spare the planet the waste and carbon emissions?

This is our mission at Seismic Shift - to deliver affordable resilience to earthquake-prone communities around the world. 

Ben, Geoff & team are supported by a team of expert advisors, researchers and specialists.

Intellectual Property

Certain Seismic Shift products are protected by one or more claims of patents in the U.S. and elsewhere. This website page is provided to satisfy the virtual patent marking provisions of various jurisdictions, including the virtual patent marking provisions of the America Invents Act (35 U.S.C § 287) in the U.S. for the listed patents that are practiced by one or more of the identified products. The following listing of Seismic Shift products may not be all inclusive and Seismic Shift products not listed here may be protected by one or more patents. In addition, Seismic Shift may be the owner or licensee of additional patents and patent applications that are not listed here. Due to the dynamic nature of the patent process, the content of this list is updated from time to time but may not be up to date at the specific time that you visit this link.

May be covered by or may be for use under one or more of the following: Patent Pending Application No. PCT/IB2022/051714, WO2022/185174A1


For a resilient future.

Our People

Our team is always looking to expand - feel free to reach out if you'd like to join our revolution! 


Seismic Shift is supported by Building Revolutions Group - a kiwi construction products incubator - alongside a number of other specialist partners.


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