ASEC 2018
25-28 September 2018

Provisional Program
(Subject to Change)

Tuesday 25th September 2018
Exhibition Build & Exhibitor Move In    
Registration Desk Open    


Wednesday 26th September 2018
08:00 – 09:00 Welcome Tea & Coffee
Exhibition and Registration Desk Open
09:00 – 09:05

Committee Chair Welcome
Peter Statton, ASEC 2018 Conference Chair

Plenary – City Rooms 1&2

09:05 – 09:07 Welcome To Country
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
09:07 – 09:10
Welcome by Engineers Australia National President and Board Chair
Hon Trish White
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
09:10 – 09:15 Welcome by Structural College Board
Karlie Collis, Chair of the Structural College Board
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
09:15 – 10:15 Keynote Speaker Address – Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
Professor Kourosh Kayvani
Managing Director – Design, Innovation & Eminence, Aurecon At the time of significant disruption to our profession, arising from digitisation and commoditisation of our services on one hand, and increased complexity of problems we face on the other, we need to re-imagine the role structural engineers play in shaping our built environment. As machines increasingly perform the process-based aspect of our technical work, we must harness this digital disruption as an opportunity rather than a threat, by going to the core engineering value of creativity. To this end, we must strive to understand the complexity of the problems we face, before stipulating solutions based on known templates. Whilst we need to understand the codified methods and tested solutions of the past, we must not be constrained by them. In this speech, the evolution of structural design practice is explored through the lens of the author’s career journey. This includes his past projects such as the design of the arch of Wembley Stadium, London and cantilevered tower at 5 Martin Place, Sydney, and his current/recent design of Western Sydney Stadium. 
10:15 – 10:45 Morning Tea & Exhibition
Theme Session 1A
Challenging the Normal
Session 1B
Modern Methods & Materials
Session 1C
Engineering for Extreme Events
Session 1D
Forensic Engineering
Room L2
City Rooms 1&2
City Room 3
City Room 4
10:45 – 11:10 Reliability-based verification of load factors for steel bulk material handling structures with respect to AS4324.1
Dr Won-Hee Kang, Western Sydney University
Experimental Study on Enhancing the Main Characteristics of Crumb Rubber Concrete
Dr Osama Youssf, University of South Australia
Minimum Longitudinal Reinforcement Requirements Proposed for Limited-Ductile Rc Walls in As 3600
Dr Ryan Hoult, University of Melbourne
Presentation on Investigation of Pipeline Failure
Peter Airey, Airey Taylor Pty Ltd
11:15 – 11:40 The Role of the Structural Engineer in Design of Steelwork for Construction
Russell Keays, Keays Engineering
Erques Arch Bridge
Juan Jose Sanchez Ramirez, Ferrovial Agroman S.A.
Performance-Based Seismic Design of Isolated Bridges Using Gapped Damping Device Connections
Dr. Memduh Karalar
Dr Peter Ho AM, Dragon Engineers Pty Ltd
11:45 – 12:10 Structural Performance of a Lightweight Deployable Bridge
Sean Whelan, Charles Darwin University
Strengthening and Widening of the Hackney Road Western Bridge Over The River Torrens
Larry Yang, WSP and Daniel Callary, Dept. of  Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
Collapse Assessment of Concrete-Filled Steel Tube Columns Through Multi-Axis Hybrid Simulation
HamidrezaAskarieh Yazdi, Swinburne University of Technology
Presentation on Mining Facility Deficiencies
Peter Airey, Airey Taylor Pty Ltd
12:15 – 12:40 Retaining the Existing 57-Year-Old Curtainwall on Transpower House, Wellington
Peter Lalas, Janus Facades Pty Ltd
Imported Structural Steel Issues and Considerations
Vijay Patel, Beca Ltd
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch and Exhibition
Theme Session 2A
Challenging The Normal
Session 2B Modern Methods & Materials Session 2C
Engineering for Extreme Events
Session 2D
The Large – The Complex
Room L2
City Rooms 1&2
City Room 3
City Room 4
13:45 – 14:10 On the Static Analysis of Arches Through Circle Inversion
Jordan Butler, AECOM Australia
Rehabilitation of Century Old Williamstown Ovoid Brick Main Sewer Design Challenges
Tshun (Chris) Chan, AECOM Australia
Damage and Loss to Buildings During Recent Cyclones
David Henderson, Cyclone Testing Station, JCU
Modular Furnace Building Design
David Arnold, Aspec Engineering
14:15 – 14:40 Tall Timber – Fad or Future
Sally Gee, Aurecon and Ralph Belperio, Aurecon
The Development of Two New Innovative Precast Building Core Connections
Scott Menegon, Swinburne University of Technology
Elastic-Gap Device to Enhance the Performance of Seismic-Isolated Bridges in Near Fault Zones
Dr. Memduh Karalar
Design of the Underwood Road Ventilation Facility On Westconnex 1B
Paul Kim, Arcadis
14:45 – 15:10 The Sydney Metro Skytrain Cable Stayed Bridge
Sameer Khan, Rendel Ltd
Revision of Australian National Construction Code Structural Verification Method
Prof. Lam Pham, Swinburne University of Technology
Transfer and Underpinning Buildings for Wynyard Walk Pedestrian Tunnel, Sydney CBD
Glen Fowlie, Taylor Thomson Whitting
15:15 – 15:40 Raising Watershed-Driven Engineers
Albert Lim, Alupole Australia Pty Ltd
Proposed Cycle Counting Method for Thermal Strains in Integral Bridge Steel H-Piles
Dr. Memduh Karalar
Comparison of Truss to Top Plate Triple Grip Fasteners in Theory and Practice
Dr George Walker, James Cook University
Design of the Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility on WestConnex 1B Sydney
John Merrick and Daniel Thomy, Arcadis
15:45 – 16:15 Afternoon Tea and Exhibition
16:15 – 16:25 General Conference Address
16:25 – 17:25 Keynote Speaker AddressPlenary City Room 1&2
Faith Wainwright
President of the Institution of Structural Engineers
The world is changing at a pace and scale that challenges our ability to adapt fast enough, or even to understand the implications of the changes occurring.  Climate change and rapid urbanisation along with resource constraints create urgent demands of our skills as engineers.  We create the built environment we inhabit and so how can we bring our best to these challenges?  To play our role to the full, and to be active in shaping the future environment, Faith will discuss how as a profession, we need to be broad in our outlook, deep in our technical expertise through sharing within our professional communities, and be leaders who embrace change.
17:25 – 19:00 Welcome Reception & Exhibition

Exhibition Hall M

19:00 Day 1 Concludes


Thursday 27th September 2018
08:00 – 09:00 Welcome Tea & Coffee
Exhibition & Registration Desk Open
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome and Recap of Day 1
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
09:05 – 10:00 Keynote Speaker Address – Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
Professor Stefano Pampanin
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy and University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Professor Pampanin will present his world leading research into low (& repairable)-damage construction for buildings/structures subject to earthquake induced loads.  This concept clearly has much potential from a ‘building sustainability and resilience’ perspective as well as the usual life safety and collapse prevention design objectives associated with earthquake and other extreme loading events.
10:00 – 10:30 Morning Tea & Exhibition
Theme Session 3A
Structural Health Monitoring
Session 3B
Modern Methods & Materials
Session 3C
Engineering for Extreme Events
Session 3D
Modern Methods & Materials
Room L2
City Rooms 1&2
City Room 3
City Room 4
10:30 – 10:55 Experimental and Numerical Condition Assessment of Opencast Mining and Material Handling Equipment
Assoc Prof. Damian Pietrusiak, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Industrial Slab on Ground Design Over Reactive Soils Based on Measurable Soil Properties
Agustria Salim, Pells Sullivan Meynink
Low-High-Low Cyclic Tests of Steel Roof Batten Systems
Prof. Mahen Mahendran, QUT
Steel Friction Only Connections for Modular Construction (Part 1)
Dave Meney, Yenem Engineering
11:00 – 11:25 Design Assessment of Historic Reinforced Concrete Structures
Scott Munter, Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia
Steel Concrete Composite Bridge with Dowel Strip Replacing Shear Studs
Wolfram Schwarz, WSP
Seismic Retrofitting of Rc Buildings Using Energy Dissipating Shear Link
Dr. Memduh Karalar
Steel Friction Only Connections for Modular Construction (Part 2)
Dave Meney, Yenem Engineering
11:30 – 11:55 Investigating the use of Sea Sand and Seawater in Concrete
Tanaz Dhondy, University of Wollongong
Structural Design to Resist Impact
Prof. Nelson Lam, The University of Melbourne
Ductility Tuning of Light Gauge Steel Pallet Racking for Earthquake Loading in the Cross-Aisle Direction
David Beneke, David Beneke Consulting
12:00 – 12:25 Rheological Behaviour of Concrete Enriched with Carbon Nanofillers
Dr Andras Fehervari, Deakin University
Load Bearing Steel Stud Walls in Fire
Ken Watson, National Association of Steel Framed Housing
Comparative Study of Permanent Formwork Reinforced Concrete Wall Systems & Traditional Shoring and Retaining Wall Systems
Stephen Nash, AFS Systems
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and Exhibition
13:30 – 15:00 Workshop
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
Bridging the gap between engineering education and practice
The rate of development in technology to assist the structural engineer has never been so vertical.  What took hours of mathematical computation could now be done in minutes on an everyday computer – does this mean that the older generation of engineers are becoming left behind?  Or do younger engineers lack the appreciation for what real engineering involves?
15:00 – 15:30
Afternoon Tea and Exhibition
Theme Session 4A
Challenging The Normal
Session 4B
Modern Methods & Materials
Session 4C
Engineering for Extreme Events
Session 4D
The Large – The Complex
City Room 1&2
Room L2
City Room 3
City Room 4
15:30 – 15:55 Darlington Upgrade Project – Pushing the Boundaries on Bridge Design
Arwin Salih, Jacobs Group (Australia) and Nigel Hird, Laing O’Rourke
Experimental Behaviour of Porous Concrete
Tanaz Dhondy, University of Wollongong
Structural Performance of Laminated Bamboo Columns During Fire
Joshua Madden, WSP Australia
Jim Stynes Bridge – An Unlikely Story
Peter Murenu, Aurecon
16:00 – 16:25 5 Martin Place, Sydney – Challenging the Normal
Tony Lavorato, and Hung Duong, Aurecon
Structural Application of Steel Fibres Reinforced Concrete with and without Conventional Reinforcement
Dr Tian Sing Ng, BOSFA Pty Ltd
Seismic Design for Steel Framed Building in Earthquake Recovery Area
Joo Cho, Seismotech Consulting Ltd
Strengthening The Rod Laver Arena Roof
Kyle Hourigan, Robert Bird Group
16:30 – 16:55 The Adelaide Convention Centre East Building –the unconventional Convention Centre
Garth Rowland, Aurecon
Design of Curved Circular Steel Hollow Sections
Dr Mohsen Ghasemian, Fly Engineering Pty Ltd
Assessing the Bushfire Risks for Different Classes of Buildings
Ken Watson, National Association of Steel Framed Housing
LBJ Express Project: An example of Value Engineering in Structures for Large and Complex Projects
Jaime Granell, Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd
17:00 – 17:25 The Factors Contributing to the Collapse of Domestic Timber Deck Structures
Richard Drew, Drew Rudd Engineers
Requirements for Seismic Performance of Post-Installed Fastenings in Australia
Dr Tilak Pokharel, Australian Engineered Fastners & Anchors Council (AEFAC)
Session 4E: Forensic Engineering  Presentation on Failure of Belly Dump Trailers
Peter Airey, Airey Taylor Pty Ltd
17:30 Day 2 Concludes
19:00 – 23:00 Gala Dinner & Awards
Panorama Ballroom


Friday 28th September 2018
08:00 – 09:00 Welcome Tea & Coffee
Exhibition & Registration Desk Open
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome and Recap of Day 2
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
09:05 – 10:00 Keynote Speaker Address – Plenary City Rooms 1&2
Professor Robert Melchers
University of Newcastle, Australia
Corrosion of steel reinforcement in marine environments
Corrosion of steel reinforcement in marine environments remains a matter of much concern for professionals. There is now much field evidence that high chloride levels can be tolerated for many decades in well-designed and well-maintained reinforced concrete structures even in severe marine environments, without much or any evidence of reinforcement corrosion. The presentation gives some examples and then provides new field and experimental results that show that for high quality concretes the initiation of corrosion of reinforcement is a separate process to commencement of serious corrosion and that the latter is mainly the result of gradual loss of concrete alkalinity, a process accelerated by the presence of chlorides.
10:00 – 10:30 Morning Tea & Exhibition
Theme Session 5A
Challenging The Normal
Session 5B
Modern Methods & Materials
Session 5C
Engineering for Extreme Events
City Room 1&2
City Room 3
City Room 4
10:30 – 10:55 Pushing the Boundaries of Transfer Structures in Existing Buildings
Eva Cuttriss, Arup
Design of Post-Installed Rebar Connections in Australia
Dr Tilak Pokharel, Australian Engineered Fastners & Anchors Council (AEFAC)
Displacement-Based Design of Foundations with Lateral Slope Movement
Sabina Piras, Opus International Consultants Ltd
11:00 – 11:25 Hands-on Experiential Learning of Structural Mechanics Using TechnolabTM 
Nicholas Haritos, Strucomp P/L
Web Crippling Design of G430 Cold-Formed Stainless Steel Unlipped Channels with Web Openings
Amir. M Yousefi, The University of Auckland
Shear Behaviour of Plate Girders with Locally Corroded Web Panels
Amila Dissanayake, RMIT University
11:30 – 11:55 Soil-structure Interaction for Residential Structures on Reactive Soils
Bertrand Teodosio, The University of Melbourne
A Review of Diaphragm Behaviour and Connections for Multi-Story Modular Buildings
Sri Srisangeerrthanan, Swinburne University of Technology
Stochastic Analysis of Structural Collapse Based on Extended Energy Method Approach
Shivang Pathak, University of New South Wales
12:00 – 12:25 Free Vibration of Graphene Platelet Reinforced Composite Beam with Dieletric Property
Dr Chuang Feng, RMIT University
Innovative Application of Horizontal and Vertical Wet Joints in Prefabricated Modular Buildings
Dr. Shan Kumar, Hickory
Seismic Design Lessons for Australia from the Christchurch 2011 Earthquake
Michael Salu, Robert Bird Group
12:25 – 13:15 Lunch and Exhibition
Theme Session 6A
Modern Methods & Materials
Session 6B
Engineering for Extreme Events
Session 6C
Modern Methods & Materials
City Rooms 1&2
City Room 3
City Room 4
13:15 – 13:40 Refining of mineral FRP Bonder to Incite Sustainable Industrial Byproducts
Mr Raghavendra Vasudeva Upadhyaya, Central Queensland University
Design of Cast-In Headed and Hooked Fasteners for Australia
Dr Tilak Pokharel, Australian Engineered Fastners & Anchors Council (AEFAC)
New Applications and Challenges For Engineered Timber Structures
Paolo Lavisci, WoodSolutions
13:45 – 14:10 Non-Linear Static Analysis of Cold Formed Steel Frames  with Screwed Moment Connections             Jikhil Joseph, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Fatigue Design of Thin-Walled Steel Roof Battens
Prof. Mahen Mahendran, QUT
Implications of Using Demand-Capacity Ratio Model on The Seismic Performance Evaluation of Concrete Gravity Dams
Jagan Kummari, RMIT University
14:15 – 14:25 ASEC 2018 Closing Ceremony
Peter Statton, ASEC 2018 Conference Chair
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
14:25 – 14:30 ASEC 2020 Announcement
Karlie Collis, Chair of The Structural College Board
Plenary – City Rooms 1&2
14:30 Conference Concludes