Keynote speakers


Professor P. A. Muhammed Basheer


 Chair in Structural Engineering and Head of School of Civil Engineering

University of Leeds, UK


Durability Assessment of Concretes Under the Combined Chloride and Carbonation Exposure Environments Using Embedded Electrical Sensors


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


Professor Emad Gad


 Professor and Dean, School of Engineering

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 



  Human-Induced Floor Vibration Assessment and Development of Innovative Passive Dampers

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


Ir. Adj. A/ Prof. Dr. Voo Yen Lei

 PhD, UNSW (Australia)     

Executive   Director and CEO

Dura Technology Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia


 Making UHPC Prefabricated Bridge Elements as Standard Products

Dr. Voo Y. L. is the CEO and Founder  of Dura Technology Sdn Bhd. (DTSB), which specialises in  the manufacturing of precast and customised concrete products made from Ultra-High-Performance Concrete  (UHPC). He founded DTSB in Malaysia in 2006 based on his interest and  knowledge in UHPC and his passion to create a more sustainable and environment  friendly development. He saw the shortcomings of the existing bridge construction  systems and was convinced that UHPC can fill the gaps. DTSB was built and  operated under his supervision since 2006. Dr. Voo reformulated UHPC according  to the local context and needs and branding it for commercialization. He often  travels to educate related industries and governmental sectors about UHPC  development. He has also patented his UHPC, has innovated bridge designs  ideally for UHPC and to counter specific construction glitch. To-date DTSB has  supplied or constructed over 120 UHPC  bridges in Malaysia, and has also transferred the technology to China, India  and Canada. Dr. Voo is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with UNSW Sydney and Adjunct Professor with the  Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. With four Malaysia  Book of Records in hand, he is aiming for more marvels to be erected in  Malaysia. He was awarded the 2016 PCI Design Award  Winner: Best International Transportation Structure on Construction of the  100m Single Span Batu 6 UHPFRC Bridge from the USA Precast/Prestressed  Concrete Institution; and the 2017 Best Project Award - Infrastructure  Projects (Small Category) of the Malaysia Construction Industry Excellence  Award 2017


Professor Somnuk Tangtermsirikul

 D.Eng. (Civil Engineering)

 Professor,  School of Civil Engineering and Technology

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology

Thammasat University, Thailand


Effective Utilization of Fly Ash and Bottom Ash in Concrete Industry in Thailand


Prof. Somnuk Tangtermsirikul received his B.Eng. degree  from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand  in 1984. He obtained his M.Eng and  D.Eng. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1986 and 1989,  respectively. He is currently a  Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Technology, Sirindhorn  International Institute of Technoogy, Thammasat University, Thailand and the  former director of the Institute. He is also the head of the Construction and  Maintenance Technology Research Center (CONTEC) of the same Institute. He was a former president of the Thailand  Concrete Association and is now serving as the Vice-President (Technical) of  the Asian Concrete Federation (ACF). He serves as the the editorial as well as  board member of various journals. He is also a member of many national and  international academic and professional committees in the field of cement and  concrete. His research fields cover cement replacing materials, utilization of  wastes and recycled materials in cement and concrete, new cementitious  materials and concrete technologies, modelling of concrete behaviors, durability  and service life of concrete structures, analysis of damaged and deteriorated concrete  structures, repair and maintenance of concrete structures


Dr. Surendra Keshav Manjrekar


 Chairman and Managing Director

 Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt Ltd, India


  Newer Corrosion Inhibiting Admixtures to Enhance Service Life for Infrastructures

  Dr. Surendra Manjrekar is an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is also a guest editor for these magazines: Construction and Building Materials, UK. Cement  and Concrete Research, USA. Revista ALCONPAT, Mexico. Dr. Surendra is a recipient of the Industry Doyen Award by the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) of the Indian Government.

He is the past president of the Indian Chapter of American Concrete Institute and currently involved in various capacity within the chapter  


Professor Kiang Hwee Tan


Professor Kiang Hwee Tan is a faculty member of the  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University  of Singapore (NUS) since July 1981. He obtained his doctorate degree from the  University of Tokyo, Japan in 1985. He specialises in the area of structural concrete and  composites, and has taught courses in reinforced and prestressed concrete  design at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has carried out  extensive research on concrete beams with transverse openings, external  prestressing, fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement and systems, and  sustainable materials and construction. He has published more than 280  refereed technical papers, a book entitled “Beams with Openings: Analysis  & Design” (CRC Press LLC, USA, 1999), and edited the proceedings of the  6th International Symposium on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures  (World Scientific, 2003). Professor Tan is also active in professional committees  including the ACI Committee 440 on FRP Reinforcement. He was Vice-Chairman of  the International Committee on Concrete Model Code for Asia.  He is currently a member of the Enterprise  Singapore Technical Committee on Structures and Sub-Structures, and serves as  Convenor for Working Groups on the establishment of Singapore Standards on the  Design of Fibre Concrete Structures, and the Design of Fastenings for Use in  Concrete. He has also been a consultant  in structural engineering to several agencies in Singapore and the region. He  is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), Japan Concrete  Institute, and Japan Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a registered  professional engineer in Singapore


Ir. Huang Zee Meng

Master of Engineering (NUS)

Associate Principal

Arup, Malaysia


 Development and Implementation of High-Performance Concrete in Merdeka 118 Tower

Ir. Huang Zee Meng is a professional  structural engineer. He is currently Associate Principal of Arup Jururunding  Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) and Chief Structural Engineer of Merdeka PNB118 Tower. He  has over 22 years of work experience across South East Asia, New Zealand, the  Middle East and Central Asia. His core background is in structural framing,  analysis, design and construction supervision of tall and complex buildings.  His passion is in structural value engineering and simplification of complex  structure for cost economic design and easy construction. He has worked on a  number of landmark buildings throughout his career, including Merdeka PNB118  Tower (Malaysia), Lot M Tower (Malaysia), Capital Market Authority Tower  (KSA), DCCT Tower (Qatar), Burj Al Fattan (Dubai), Crescent Development  Project (Azerbaijan), UoA Business School (NZ)


Prof Khalifa S Al-Jabri



 Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Sultan Qaboos University, Oman 


 Properties of Concrete containing Waste Slag as Fine Aggregate at Elevated Temperature


Professor Al-Jabri is working as a Professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. Prof. Al-Jabri obtained his BSc in Civil Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University in 1991 and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1993 and 2000, respectively. After obtaining the PhD, he joined the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering as an Assistant Professor and in 2006, he was promoted to an Associate Professor and appointed as the Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research in the College of Engineering. In 2011, he was promoted to a Professor and appointed as the Head of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering until September 2017. He served as a member in the State Council of Oman from 2011-2015 Prof. Al-Jabri is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, and Oman Society of engineers, Oman. His research interest is focusing on three areas: 1) studying the behaviour of materials and structures at elevated temperatures, 2) Use of waste materials and industrial by-products as green and sustainable construction materials, 3) Seismic hazard assessment and earthquake engineering. Prof. Al-Jabri has published more than 180 research articles. He served as principal investigator and researcher in about 31 research grants and consultancy projects. He received several distinguished awards such as the distinguished scientist from Venus international foundation, Best research’s award from Sultan Qaboos University and the Pioneer Engineer from Gulf Engineering Union