These workshops can be booked independent of the main conference

Pre-conference workshop

DURABILITY OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES – MECHANISMS, ASSESSMENT METHODS AND ENSURING DURABLE STRUCTURES

Despite numerous reported cases of failure of concrete structures, the durability of concrete is still compromised due to lack of clarity on: the causes of deterioration, interactions between different factors causing the deterioration and the mechanisms themselves, methods of assessing the susceptibility of deterioration as well as the causes and extent of deterioration; and ensuring its performance in the exposure environment. As a consequence, the current situation in most developed countries is that repair and rehabilitation costs of structures far exceed the total budget for capital development programmes. Therefore, an important consideration for the design and construction of durable concrete structures should be to ensure that exposure classes are appropriately identified/specified, concrete is specified and designed for the intended exposure regime, design and construction techniques are suitable for the expected performance, and measures are introduced for monitoring their performance in the service environment during their life so that any deviation from the anticipated performance could be identified in a timely manner and appropriate repair and rehabilitation measures are taken. In addition to dealing with most of the above topics, this workshop will introduce the concept of performance-based specifications for ensuring the durability of concrete structures and a strategy for performance testing using both in-situ test techniques and sensors embedded in concrete


SESSIONS

Mechanisms of deterioration of concrete

Methods of identifying and quantifying the deterioration

Durability designs

Methods of improving the durability

MONDAY 20 JULY

Professor P. A. Muhammed Basheer

PhD DSc FREng FIAE FICE FACI FICT FIStructE MIE(I) CEng  

Chair in Structural Engineering and Head of School of Civil Engineering

University of Leeds, UK



Post-conference workshop

EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING AND FLOOR VIBRATIONS

This workshop aims to cover fundamentals of structural dynamics and applications in design for earthquakes and floor vibrations. It introduces the principles of dynamics and simplification of structures into single and multi-degree of freedom systems and their response to excitation which form the basis of many design codes


The section on earthquake engineering provides an introduction to plate tectonics, earthquake design philosophy and typical damage types from past earthquakes.  The different methods for calculating earthquake actions will be discussed with specific focus on the force based approach which is used in various design standards around the world. Key design factors such as soil amplification, structural ductility and detailing will be covered with a specific focus on concrete structures. Finally, the displacement based method as an alternative to the force based approach for earthquake design and analysis will be introduced.


The section on floor vibrations focuses on human induced vibrations especially walking. Explanations of design assumptions and acceptance criteria will be provided. Considerations for prediction of maximum floor vibration will be highlighted to show the limitations and features of various tools. Rectification measures for in-service problematic floors will be covered including the use of passive floor dampers. Specific requirements for sensitive floors such as for hospitals and labs will be highlighted


SESSIONS

Structural dynamics Single degree and multi degree of freedom systems; Earthquake excitation and response including response spectra; Periodic and impulsive dynamic excitation and response


Introduction to earthquakes Inter-plate and intra-plate earthquakes; Earthquake scales, hazard maps, soil effects; Building response and damage from past earthquakes


Earthquake design Earthquake Loading Standards and Force based design; Static force method including hazard, site, building type and ductility; Displacement based design including capacity design method


Floor vibrations Footfall excitation; Design guidelines and acceptance criteria; Analysis considerations; Rectification methods; Sensitive floors

THURSDAY 23 JULY

Professor Emad Gad

PhD

Professor and Dean, School of Engineering

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 


Professor John Wilson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia 

Keynote speakers

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Professor P. A. Muhammed Basheer

 PhD DSc FREng FIAE FICE FACI FICT FIStructE MIE(I) CEng  

 Chair in Structural Engineering and Head of School of Civil Engineering

University of Leeds, UK

  

Professor P.A. Muhammed Basheer, Chair in Structural Engineering and Head of School of Civil Engineering at University of Leeds, has been an educationalist and researcher in the field of civil (structural) engineering for 34 years. He was instrumental in developing a distance learning Masters Programme in Advanced Concrete Technology, which is accredited by the Institute of Concrete Technology for their membership qualification. His research work includes the development of new test techniques for measuring transport properties of concrete, assessment of the effect of new materials and methods for improving the durability of concrete, prediction of service life of reinforced concrete structures by non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring, relationships between micro-structural properties and the durability of concrete and the use of industrial by-products and waste materials in concrete. He has received numerous awards/prizes for his contributions in research, including a lifetime achievement award from the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland and CANMET/ACI award for his sustained contributions to the field of concrete technology. He is a member of numerous international technical committees, grant review committees and professional institutions (including Council membership of three of them). He is a member of numerous technical committees of the American Concrete Institute, RILEM and ASTM. Prof Basheer has secured research income in excess of £19 million and published more than 350 refereed technical publications. In 2012, he was elected to be a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and in 2014 he was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and the Institute of Concrete Technology

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Professor Emad Gad

PhD

 Professor and Dean, School of Engineering

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 

 

Professor  Emad Gad is the Dean of the School of Engineering at Swinburne University of  Technology, Australia. Prior to  this appointment, he was the Chair of the Department of Civil and Construction  Engineering at Swinburne, an Associate Professor at The University of  Melbourne and Research Scientist at CSIRO.

Professor  Gad is a civil engineer with extensive experience in structural dynamics,  residential construction and structural connections. His applied research has  contributed to the development of several standards and codes of practice. He  is the Chair of the Board of the Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors  Council (AEFAC), Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Structural  Engineering, appointment member of the Victorian Government Building Advisory  Council (BAC), Director on the Board of the Australian Steel Institute (ASI)  and Fellow of Engineers Australia

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Professor John Wilson

PhD

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia 


  

Prof John L Wilson is the CEO/DVC of Swinburne Sarawak and former PVC of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He 40 years’ experience in industry and academia with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Monash University, a Master of Science degree from University of California (Berkeley) and a PhD from University of Melbourne. He has a research and consulting background in earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and structural engineering and is the past joint recipient of four Chapman Medals and one Warren Medal for his research


He is the immediate past President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and is a past Chairman of Engineers Australia (Victorian Division). He was spokesperson for the Victorian Infrastructure Report Cards 2005-16, Chairman of Judges for the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards 2011-16. He is currently, Chairman of BD6/11, the committee responsible for the earthquake-loading standard for Australia, a member of ACI307 Committee and Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering

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