Keynote speakers


Professor P. A. Muhammed Basheer

 University of Leeds, UK

Bio to be updated soon


Professor Emad Gad


 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. 


Professor Kiang Hwee Tan

 Dr.Eng., FIES, FJCI, FJSCE, PEng(S)

 Professor,  National University of Singapore


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.


Professor Somnuk Tangtermsirikul

 D.Eng. (Civil Engineering)

 Professor,  School of Civil Engineering and Technology, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, 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. 


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

 PhD, UNSW (Australia)     

Executive   Director and CEO, Dura Technology Sdn Bhd

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney

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.