Conference Welcome

James Mackechnie

The 2017 Combined Concrete Industry Conference promises to be a highly relevant and topical event following on from last year’s successful conference in Auckland.  This year’s conference is being held again in Wellington after a seven year break.  This should be particularly relevant given recent learnings from the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and experiences with several large projects in the region.  The conference venue this year is at Te Papa, with state of the art facilities and conveniently located on the waterfront of Wellington.


Keynote speakers include Professor Ken Elwood from the University of Auckland whose presentation will focus on his post-earthquake residual capacity research.  Ken joined the University of Auckland in July 2014 after 11 years on faculty at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  Ken was drawn to New Zealand to pursue the numerous opportunities for research and implementation in earthquake risk reduction.  Other keynote and invited speakers have been invited to the conference to provide a broad programme of international and local speakers.


The Conference will be structured around the traditional and popular three-day format from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th October.  Presentations will be given across a wide range of fields including structural, architectural, materials and infrastructural engineering. In addition to the plenary and concurrent technical sessions, the three day programme will include a range of social activities, providing delegates and partners excellent opportunities for networking, catching up with friends and establishing new contacts.


On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Concrete Industry Conference, and I look forward to seeing you in Wellington this October.



James Mackechnie
Organising Committee Chairman