Themes & Sub-Themes

The theme for ASEC 2020, Engineering Evolution, covers a range of topics relevant to practicing structural engineers, students, academics, researchers and industry specialist providers.

The sub-themes for ASEC 2020 are:


All forms of energy generation including wind, solar, geothermal, coal, nuclear, gas, oil and biomass.

Transportation Infrastructure

Bridges, airports, train stations, rail infrastructure, tunnels, roads, freight logistics, ports and port facilities.


Health, commercial, retail, civic, performance, stadia, education, sport, residential, public art, other built forms that provide social amenity.

Engineering 4.0

Drivers of change to the engineer in the professional environment, digital environments and disruption, the shape of the future workplace, design to fabrication, prefabrication and modular design, diversity in the workplace, drivers of change to the built environment.

Forensic and Research

Earthquake, post disaster recovery and extreme event.

Topics associated with the themes include, but are not limited to, digital disruption and digital environments, innovation and technical excellence, diversity and inclusion, compliance and leadership, the changing climate and ecology and the significance of the public realm and public infrastructure.