Other Speakers - Session 4


Session 4 

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Holly Wright

Holly graduated from The University of Auckland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) specialising in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours. She received the Concrete Prize in 2016 for her honours research project 'Reinforced Concrete Boundary Element Prism Testing’ under the supervision of Dr. Chris Motter and Dr. Ken Elwood. Holly now works at Holmes Consulting in Auckland. 


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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 the 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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Sebastiampillai Raymond

Sebastiampillai is a Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader, Optical Materials and Devices Team, Advanced Materials Group at Callaghan Innovation.  He is an experimental physicist with several years of research and development experience.

Sebastiampillai has worked in a variety of areas comprising photonics imaging and sensing, Nonlinear optics and photonics materials, and Radiation imaging and dosimetry and is currently leading the work on development of fibre optics based sensors for harsh environments. 

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Yaodong Jia


Yaodong is a Research Scientist in Advanced Materials for Callaghan Innovation.

His professional speciality is cement chemistry, well cement, geothermal cement, cement additives, MgO cement, fibre cement board, high performance concrete (HPC), concrete mix design, self-compacting concrete (SCC), kneading concrete, Non-destructive testing (NDT) technology of concrete, CO2 storage and microwave curing technology in cementitious materials.


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Andreas Boomkamp

Andreas holds a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Wuppertal and is an International Welding Engineer.  He is a member of Engineers Australia and the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Andreas is the National Technical Manager ANZ for Ancon, Sydney, Australia. 

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Eliot Blenkarne

Eliot has recently completed his Master of Architecture (prof) at Victoria University of Wellington. His thesis focussed on exploring how real-world architectural atmosphere can be realised in virtual space, using technology associated with gaming and virtual reality. This involved the reimagining of works of two architects renowned for their use of concrete, Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor, and designed an art gallery made entirely of concrete for Wellington.

He is currently a real-time visualisation specialist at Warren and Mahoney Architects in Auckland.