Other Speakers - Session 2


Session 2 

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Richard Henry

Rick is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland. He is currently leading research into the seismic design of reinforced concrete walls, precast concrete structures, and low-damage systems.  He is a member of the technical committee of the New Zealand Concrete Structures Standard (NZS 3101) and has been involved in a working group providing guidance on the critical damage states and residual capacity of buildings in Wellington following the Kaikoura Earthquake.

Dave Brunsdon

Dave is a Director at Kestrel Group.

Peter Smith

Peter is Managing Director at Spencer Holmes and President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE).

Ken Elwood

Ken is a Professor and MBIE Chair in Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland.  He is also the director of QuakeCoRE, the NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience.


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Adnan Rais

Adnan graduated from NED University of Engineering and Technology (Pakistan) in 2008, specializing in civil engineering. He completed his Masters of Engineering degree from the same university in 2011, specializing in structural engineering. Since his graduation, he has worked as a Structural Design Engineer for buildings in Mushtaq and Bilal Engineering Consultants (Pakistan), for two and a half years; and then worked as a lecturer in the civil engineering department at NED University of Engineering and Technology (Pakistan), for another two and a half years.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury, under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Palermo. Adnan is currently in his 4th year of doctoral study and will hopefully finish by March 2018.

Royce Liu

Royce graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2014 with a Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class Honours specialising in civil engineering. He is currently a PhD candidate at the same university under the supervision of Professor Dr Alessandro Palermo. Royce is currently in his 4th year of doctoral study and will hopefully finish by March 2018. He is a 2016 recipient of the NZCS Concrete Prize.

Alessandro Palermo

Alessandro is Professor of structural engineering at the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is author of more than 260 publications including 3 international patents in the field of earthquake bridge and structural engineering. His core expertise deals with the implementation of innovative technologies that minimize post-earthquake damage in built infrastructure and assessment of concrete bridge structures. Alessandro has an extensive professional experience, spent six months working for Opus International Consultants and he assisted as external consultant to a few pioneering projects such as Wigram-Magdala Bridge Link (Christchurch), Western Belfast Bypass and monitoring of Rangitata bridges.

Alessandro is recipient of several awards including the 2013 Ivan Skinner award for his research on damage resistant bridge technologies.

Alessandro’s teaching style is well-received by the students; in 2016, after being nominated five years in a row, he was voted by the UCSA (University of Canterbury Student Association) the best “University Lecturer of the Year”, “College of Engineering Lecturer of the Year” and the “Great Character of the Year” (awards based on students' votes).

Alessandro has been a member of the NZ Concrete Society Council since 2011 and the New Zealand fib Head Delegate since 2015.


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Mark Browne

Mark has over a decade of experience working on large projects in New Zealand, Canada and the West Coast of the USA. Mark returned from Canada to help with the Christchurch rebuild, immediately making a strong impact on two significant Heritage listed projects, the Isaac Theatre Royal and the Christchurch Town Hall.

Gareth Morris

Gareth has two years of experience at Holmes Consulting working in both the seismic strengthening of existing structures and design of new multi-storey structures. Gareth studied at University of Canterbury for a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Structural and Earthquake Engineering which specialized in the seismic performance of concrete structures.


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Niraj Ranjit

Niraj graduated from the University of Auckland in 2010 with a BE(Civil).  Since that time, he has held various construction engineering roles Civil and Structural engineering projects. 

In the last two years, Niraj has been a Project Engineer at BBR Contech operating in the fields of concrete remediation, seismic strengthening, and post tensioning, delivering solutions to infrastructure asset owners in road transport, ports, healthcare, waste water management, government, commercial and residential properties.  

Rhys Rogers

Rhys has been employed as a Structural Engineer and design manager at BBR Contech since 2013.  His practice areas include post-tensioning, concrete repair and protection, seismic strengthening and FRP.  Rhys also graduated from The University of Auckland in 2016 with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.  His doctoral research focused on corrosion of pretensioned reinforcement within the New Zealand bridge stock.

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