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Session 1

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Peter Laursen

Associate Professor Peter Laursen teaches Architectural Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). Architectural Engineering focuses on structural engineering and its intersection with architecture in the built environment; it is located in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

After 10 years of international industry experience with bridge design in the US, France and Denmark, and after having completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in Earthquake Engineering, Peter joined Cal Poly in 2007. Focusing mainly on analysis and design of structural concrete, Peter's industry experiences comprised of prestressed box girders and reinforced concrete foundations, piers and pylons. At Cal Poly, Peter teaches structural analysis, concrete design and earthquake engineering to both engineering and architecture students. His current research interests focus on vibration testing of buildings and seismic behavior of sustainable masonry construction.

Peter earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2003 and received the university's Best Thesis Award that year. Peter obtained a M.S. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995 and was a Fullbright Scholar recipient. Peter is a registered professional engineer in California. 

 

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Ken Elwood

Prof. Ken Elwood serves as the MBIE Chair in Earthquake Engineering and Director of the newest Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), QuakeCoRE: NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience.

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. He is actively involved in research related to the seismic response of existing concrete and masonry buildings.

Ken received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995, and BASc from the University of British Columbia in 1993. Ken is a member of several international code committees including the seismic provisions of the American Concrete Institute Building Code (ACI 318).

 

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Carl Ashby

Carl is the Structural Group Manager in the Wellington Office of Opus International Consultants Ltd and has 24 years of technical experience in the engineering profession gained in New Zealand.  Carl has considerable experience in client and project team liaison on a wide range of commercial, industrial, residential, health, civil and infrastructure projects.  Carl is a well-known leader in the structural engineering industry he is a Fellow of IPENZ and has contributed to the advancement of earthquake and structural engineering through his participation in technical societies such as SESOC, NZSEE, and NZCS. He is also a Past President of the New Zealand Concrete Society.

Andrew Davidson

Andrew is a Structural Engineer with Opus International Consultants Ltd. Having graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2010 with a BE (Hons)(Civil) he has 7 years’ experience including the design and assessment of building and civil structures, roading and rail bridges and water retaining civil infrastructure.   

Callum Sutherland

From apprentice carpenter to now Project Manager Callum has risen within Fletcher to be a key contributor in successful project deliveries.  He joined Fletcher’s (Wellington) in 2003 as a qualified “chippy” and moved into the Fletcher Cadetship scheme in 2007. A long list of projects over the years has led to the current role in Project Managing the Multi-Level Car Park Structure at Wellington Airport. 

Rob Taggart

Rob is a construction Superintendent with Fletcher’s and has over 34 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has been involved with many large, complex and iconic projects within Wellington’s built environment. He is currently site superintendent on the Multi-Level Car Park Structure at Wellington Airport and previously held the same role on the Asteron Centre at No. 1 Featherston Street. Rob has also been involved in many other local projects including Te Papa and the Westpac Stadium.  

 

 


 

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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Session 2A 

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Tian Sing Ng

Tian is BOSFA Dramix Engineering Manager.  Tian holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales with specific area of technical expertise in steel fibre reinforced concrete and concrete technology. Tian has more than 10 years of professional experience as owner engineer, engineering consultant and researcher. Tian is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a visiting research fellow at Curtin University in Western Australia, National Councillor of Concrete Institute of Australia and Deputy Chair of Engineers Australia Western Sydney Region. In addition to BOSFA representation in the new Australian Standard AS5100.5 and AS3600 for steel fibre reinforced concrete, Tian is also a member of the BD02-002 Committee reviewing Sections 3 & 4 of Australian Standard AS 3600 and a member in the Concrete Institute of Australia Durability Technical Committee.

 


 

Session 3 

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Andrew Charleson

Andrew Charleson is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. He is a structural engineer and teaches Structures to architectural students. Andrew has authored three books: Seismic Design for Architects: Outwitting the Quake in 2008, Structure as Architecture (2nd edition) in 2015, and Seismic Isolation for Architects published in 2016.

 

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Jamil Khan

Jamil is the Technical Director in Structural Engineering with Beca, and has over 25 years of experience in the design, analysis and the construction of major civil structure, bridges and road projects. He has worked on a wide variety of national and international projects in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Dubai and Pakistan. During this time he has acquired a wide and in-depth knowledge of design and asset management of structures. He has extensive experience in leading teams and is currently structural discipline lead for the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway detailed design stage where he is responsible for delivery of 17 major bridges with a team of 16 designers and technicians over an 18 month period. This strong contractor-led design and build experience has provided him in-depth understanding of construction methods to achieve cost effective and buildable solutions and an appreciation of the urban design and local environment for these structures.  

Craig Service

Craig is the Structures Manager at Fletcher Construction and has been in the industry for 15 years, Craig has experience in both design and construction and has worked on some landmark projects in both Australia and New Zealand.  His international experience on multi-million dollar, multi-discipline projects has enabled him and his to team to accomplish some notable achievements such as the successful completion of the Mackays to Peka Peka project and associated complex bridge structures.

Geoff Brown

Geoff is a bridge specialist with over 35 years of experience in the design and construction of bridges and civil structures. He is currently a Technical Director with the Beca Group in New Zealand where he leads the bridge and civil structures engineering discipline in the Wellington office. Geoff is involved in major road and bridge projects throughout New Zealand. Geoff was previously Chief Engineer, Bridges & Structures with RailCorp in Sydney. 

 

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Ralf Kessel

Ralf is an architect, registered with the NZIA, AK Berlin and ARB UK.

He has worked for over 16 years as a project architect for a number of German and Irish based practices, during which time he was involved with a series of apartment developments, commercial and public properties with a focus on energy efficiency.

Ralf’s extensive list of achievements has involved a range of aesthetic and practical concrete applications, including precast panels, in-situ floor slabs and concrete masonry.

Ralf has joined CCANZ as a Project Manager - Architecture in March 2009.

In New Zealand, Ralf has authored the CCANZ ‘Code of Practise for Weathertight Concrete and Concrete Masonry Construction’ also cited by the MBIE as NZBC Clause E2/AS3, the ‘CCANZ Apartment Design Guide’ and the ’CCANZ Basement Design Guide’.

Another notable project Ralf led was the design of an apartment/ mix use development for the ‘New Urban Village’ competition on an inner city Christchurch site.  The design emphasised self-sufficiency, placing a premium on sustainable energy sources.

Range of projects include several multi storey apartment/ office and retail buildings, Berlin Germany; Institute of Semi-Conductor Physics Frankfurt/O., Germany; Apartment Block Developments, Dublin, Ireland; Cork Airport Business Park, Cork, Ireland; Development of Code of Practice for Weathertight Concrete Construction NZ -      CCANZ CP 01: 2011 and CP 01 2014 (cited by MBIE as NZBC E2/AS3); Apartment competition design (‘New Urban Village’), Christchurch, New Zealand; CCANZ Apartment Design Guide; CCANZ Basement Design Guide.

 

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Hendrik Vermeulen

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Bruce Curtain

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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

Ph.D.

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. 

  

 


 

Session 4A 

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Mark Williams

Mark is the Insight and Innovation Manager at the BCITO.  Before joining them in 2015 he was a Senior Project Manager, then Business Development Manager at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Industry Training Consultant for over 15 years.  Previous roles include Qualifications and Quality Assurance Manager at the Agriculture ITO and Framework Development Officer then Nation Standards Body Manager at NZQA.  Mark's educational interest is in statistical analysis, problem solving and innovation that delivers industry and individual success.

Jenny Connor

Jenny is an experienced workforce development expert, engagement leader and researcher in the tertiary education sector.  She has been the Workforce Development Strategist at BCITO for almost two years and has 15 years of experience in roles across the public and private sectors.  Jenny's roles have focused on combining stakeholder engagement with research and analysis to ensure tertiary education best meets the skill needs of industry.  Her expertise in this area includes working with diverse groups to ensure outcomes that best meet complex needs.  Jenny's skill in stakeholder engagement, coupled with her ability to translate technical research information, has resulted in her presenting at a number of conferences, both nationally and internationally.

 

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Ken Spring

B.Sc.(Hons), MAppS

Ken is a Principal for Geochempet Services.  He has 10 years experience working as a Petrographer, specialising in engineering and construction applications with an emphasis on concrete materials, through thin section evaluation using a polarized microscope and national/international standards.  Ken is an acknowledged industry expert by construction and infrastructure industry, and consulted by the industry when major problem/ issues arise.  He has exploration project management experience including managing drill programs, collection and interpretation of geophysical data and development of cross sections of Lithology models in coal, base metals and uranium and tenement review reporting.   

Heather Spring

B.Sc

Heather is a Principal for Geochempet Services.  She has 10 years experience working as a Petrographer, specialising in engineering and construction applications with an emphasis on sand products, through thin section evaluation using a polarized microscope and national/international standards.  Heather specialises in heavy mineral grain identifications using petrographic techniques and has exploration project management experience including managing drill programs, collection and interpretation of geophysical data and development of cross sections of Lithology models. 

Thomas Spring

B.Sc

Thomas is a Petrographer for Geochempet Services, with 4 years experience working as a Petrographer, specialising in engineering and construction applications with an emphasis on concrete materials, through thin section evaluation using a polarized microscope and national/international standards.  Thomas has experience in: working with geochemical data and samples, compiling and comparing trace and major chemical signatures using SEM, XRD, XRF and ICP-MS; large scale and small scale field mapping and strategic sampling in remote areas, when completing five weeks filed work for masters research; managing and creating geological databases with excel software and validating the geological database as well as using modelling programs such a MELTS; creating maps using GIS. 

 

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Brenda & Robert Vale

Brenda & Robert are Professorial Research Fellows at the Victoria University of Wellington.  They are architects and academics who wrote their first book on sustainable design in 1975. Following their design of award winning commercial buildings in the UK they built the UK’s first autonomous house in 1993 and the first zero-emissions settlement in 1998. They have received international awards, including those from the United Nations and European Solar Energy Society for their work. They developed the Australian government’s National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) which has now been put into operation. Their 2009 book sets out the impact on the environment of a western life-style. They recently published a book on fair earth share ecological footprints with contributions from many of their former and existing postgraduate students and are currently writing another on the same topic. Their most recent book has been a history of construction toys and their place in the history of architecture.

 

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Yaodong Jia

Ph.D.

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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Brian Godfrey

Brian is employed as Allied Concrete's Canterbury Regional Manager and has been a member of the NZRMCA council since 2010.  Brian has been involved in the ready-mix industry for over 30 years with an in-depth and hands on practical knowledge of the industry.  

Kyle Earnshaw

Kyle is employed as Allied Concrete's National Health & Safety Advisor.  Kyle has a formal background in physical and workplace health assessment and has extensive experience in the ready-mix industry not only in New Zealand but also as a consultant to Holcim Australia.  

 

 


 

Session 5 

Session 5 Paper 1

Edward Ayre

Edward is a Tunnel Project Engineer with McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd. Graduating from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England, he started tunnelling at the Terminal 5 development at Heathrow Airport working on various TBM's and underground shotcrete structures. For the last 11 years he has been working for McConnell Dowell Constructors in New Zealand on various tunnelling projects, including the Waterview Tunnels with an 14.46m EPB TBM, then longest pipe jack in Australasia at 900m long with a 1.8m internal diameter, a 3km long 2.8m internal diameter Earth Pressure Balance TBM drive on the North Shore in Auckland and a 4km long pipe jacked sewer scheme in Christchurch delivered during the earthquake sequence. Edward is currently the Project Engineer on the Artillery Drive Storm Water Tunnel.

Dene Cook

Dene is the Concrete Solutions Technical Manager for the Firth Humes Group, a business unit of Fletcher Building.  Dene has considerable experience in concrete both from a design perspective and as a material.  Dene is a former president of the NZ Concrete Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers.

 

Session 5 Paper 2

Andrew Coumaros

Andrew has 18 years experience with RamsetReid, a major and reputable supplier in the construction industry across New Zealand and Australia. He has held a number of assignments from product development of fixings and concrete lifting systems, to engineering for concrete construction. He is currently the Engineering Services Manager ANZ for RamsetReid, responsible for Danley Flooring and Pavement CPD programs across ANZ and involved in developing post-installed and cast-in anchoring solutions for various projects across New Zealand and Australia. Andrew was responsible for developing and launching RamsetReid’s latest iExpert Anchoring Software and is also a board member of AEFAC (Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors Council). Most recently, Andrew has been actively involved in educating the construction industry on the new Technical Specification TS101:2015 within Australia and the latest in Flooring and Pavement Technologies across New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia. 

 

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Peter Laursen

Associate Professor Peter Laursen teaches Architectural Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). Architectural Engineering focuses on structural engineering and its intersection with architecture in the built environment; it is located in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

After 10 years of international industry experience with bridge design in the US, France and Denmark, and after having completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in Earthquake Engineering, Peter joined Cal Poly in 2007. Focusing mainly on analysis and design of structural concrete, Peter's industry experiences comprised of prestressed box girders and reinforced concrete foundations, piers and pylons. At Cal Poly, Peter teaches structural analysis, concrete design and earthquake engineering to both engineering and architecture students. His current research interests focus on vibration testing of buildings and seismic behavior of sustainable masonry construction.

Peter earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2003 and received the university's Best Thesis Award that year. Peter obtained a M.S. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995 and was a Fullbright Scholar recipient. Peter is a registered professional engineer in California.

 

Session 5 Paper 4

Peter Routledge

Peter is a Senior Bridge Engineer at Opus International Consultants in Christchurch and has over fifteen years’ experience in the design and construction of bridges in the UK and New Zealand. Peter was heavily involved in bridge inspections following the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010-12 and was seconded to SCIRT to design strengthening and recovery solutions for numerous bridges. Notably, Peter was the lead structural engineer for the seismic strengthening of the Bridge of Remembrance Triumphal Arch, Christchurch which utilised rocking as a means of reducing seismic demands. Peter was the lead structural engineer for the design of Wigram-Magdala Link Bridge in Christchurch which is believed to be the first bridge in New Zealand and possibly the world to use low-damage PRESSS technology for the pier columns. 

Michael Cowan

Michael is a Principal Civil Structures Engineer with Opus and leads the Christchurch Bridge Team. He has over 19 years of design, asset management and construction observation experience for civil structures including bridges, culverts, retaining walls and other structures. Michael was the Team Leader for the Wigram Magdala Link project. 

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.

 

 


 

Session 5A

Session 5A Paper 1

Cameron Greig

Cameron has been in and around the concrete industry for 25 years, and following an initial period as a structural engineer, he has worked for an admixture supplier, a ready mix concrete supplier as a regional manager, and more recently managed NZ's most successful oxide supplier.  He has presented to the conference twice before; firstly about Pinto in concrete, and also on the history and opportunity with colour in concrete.  He has taken on the role as Sales Director for HR Cement primarily because he feels Eco-cem will be hugely beneficial to the industry as a whole.

 

Session 5A Paper 2

Dave Godfrey

MNZIS

Dave is a Senior Site Manager for Hawkins Infrastructure with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Dave has extensive experience in in-situ concrete construction both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and has worked on reservoirs, bridges, buildings. He is responsible for site management, site engineering, procurement, health and safety and quality. Dave was the winner of the 2016 Hawkins Achievement Success Category Award though his ability to build strong relationship amongst all stakeholder, anticipation and responsiveness to client’s needs. Dave delivers on his promises and maximizes value while minimizing risk.

Tim Peters

MIPENZ

Tim is Chairman and Founding Partner of EDGE Consulting Engineers. He is responsible for the group's development on a worldwide scale. Tim has extensive experience in numerous large scale building projects in Australia, Asia, Middle East, United Kingdom and India. He has particular expertise in the use of post-tensioned solutions for building structures, and is recognised for delivery of budget conscious buildable solutions. Tim also sits on the Industry  Advisory Board for the School of Engineering at Griffith University and lectures on post tensioning at Griffith University. He is a member of the A.B. Paterson College Board.

David Sharp

MIPENZ

David holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours), is a member of The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and is registered. David has extensive experience in the local construction market having worked for companies that lead New Zealand in their specialist fields. David understands the construction implications of design well and has particular experience in post-tensioning, ground anchoring and soil nailing. He is regularly consulted for expertise in these fields having had substantial exposure to the full spectrum of design and construct. He is a solution-driven professional with more than 25 years of significant, progressive engineering experience. He has also co-authored several technical papers.

 

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Session 5A Paper 4

Nan Yang

Nan graduated from Hunan University, China, in 2011 (Bachelor of Civil Engineering), where he also received a master’s degree in 2014. Since 2010 his research area has been focus on the properties of magnesium-based cement and rapid repairing materials for concrete structures.

After graduation in 2014, he served as a civil engineer for a real estate developer in China. In 2016, he became a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His current project is the development of a sustainable cement based on a magnesia rich mineral. 

 Allan Scott

Allan is a Senior Lecturer Above the Bar in Materials and Structural Engineering at the University of Canterbury.  He gained his Masters of Science (Engineering) and his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Bachelor of Engineering and Management at the McMaster University, Canada.

Allan’s current role includes research into development of sustainable construction materials, long term performance and durability of infrastructure, and seismic performance of corrosion damaged structures.

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Session 6

Session 6 Paper 1

Blair Davidson

CPEng, MIPENZ

Blair is a chartered structural engineer and is the Bridging and Civil Structures Manager at Holmes Consulting.  He has more than 25 years experience, having worked in NZ and the UK for contractors, consultants and asset owners in the civil and structural engineering field.

For the last 14 years, he has held Designer, Design Manager and Project Director roles on civil structures projects including bridges, tanks and maritime structures.  Notable projects include Transmission Gully PPP, SH20-1 Manukau Link, East Taupo Arterial, SH2-58 Interchange and the North Auckland Line rail duplication.

Blair is Holmes’ Project Director on the Watercare Mangere BNR Upgrade design and construct project, with overall responsibility for the tender and detailed designs and construction phase inputs for the Flow Splitter, Reactors and Clarifiers.

Chris Lenssen

CPEng, MIPENZ

Chris is a chartered structural engineer and is a structural Project Engineer at Holmes Consulting. He has seven years of design experience in infrastructure projects around NZ including bridges, wharves and reservoirs.

Notable projects include Ashley River Replacement Bridge, Vickers to City SH3 Upgrade and the Transmission Gully PPP.  He has also been involved in a number of smaller reservoir projects such as the Patea and Marton Reservoirs.

Chris carried out Design Manager and Design Engineer roles for Holmes on the Watercare Mangere BNR Upgrade design and construct project, with responsibility for design of the Clarifiers and design review for the Flow Splitter and Reactor structures.  He also handled the day-to-day management of the design team for the structural aspects of the project.

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Session 6 Paper 2

Andrew Dallas

MBA, BE (Hons), NZCE

Andrew is Technical Manager of Conslab Ltd and a director of BBR Contech.

Conslab is New Zealands largest specialist concrete flooring contractor constructing around 500,000 square metres of concrete floors and pavements every year, as well as undertaking maintenance, epoxy toppings, placing and finishing services and general concrete construction.

Andrew has previously held positions as National Technical Manager for Allied Concrete, as President of the New Zealand Concrete Society. Andrew was on the board of the New Zealand Concrete Society for almost 10 years. He has been directly involved in the concrete industry for over 25 years initially as a Senior Consulting Engineer for Holmes Consulting Group. Andrew is a recognized leader in the concrete industry, and in addition to his role at Conslab he has contributed to the publication of a multitude of New Zealand Standards and guidance notes, has presented seminars for the NZCS.

Benjamin Browne

Ben is the Manager of the Auckland office and structural engineer at Novare Design.

Ben has eight years post-graduate experience in the design and management of bridges and civil structures.  This experience ranges from concept, tender and detail design of a broad range of road and rail structures.  Ben’s experience includes design of steel and concrete bridges, miscellaneous civil structures (track slabs, overhead wiring structures, retaining walls etc) and culverts.

 

Session 6 Paper 3

James Mackechnie

James is the South Island plant engineer for Allied Concrete.  He is a chartered professional engineer and has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town.  

 

Session 6 Paper 4

Lucas Hogan

Lucas came to the University of Auckland in 2010 to pursue a PhD, during which time he became heavily involved with research efforts resulting from the Canterbury earthquake sequence.  He completed his studies in 2014 and has since held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Auckland where his research has focused on the seismic behaviour of precast concrete connections and the field testing of structures and foundations. 

Rick 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. 

Jason Ingham

Jason is a Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland.  Jason’s research interests include seismic assessment and retrofit of unreinforced masonry buildings, seismic behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, and sustainable concrete technology.   

 

Session 6 Paper 5

Rob Presland

Rob is a Technical Director with Holmes Consulting in Wellington, with nearly 20 years’ experience in design, construction and seismic assessment/strengthening of bridge and building structures. He was involved with design technical support during the construction stages and the latter stages of podium strengthening design and construction on the Majestic Centre project.

Hamish McKenzie

Hamish has over 20 years’ experience in New Zealand and the UK, holding the position of Holmes Consulting Wellington Office business manager for the past 11 years. He was involved with the Majestic Centre project from the start, overseeing the seismic assessment, design, peer review and construction phases of the project.

Tane Graham

Tane is currently a Project Manager for Fletcher Construction in Wellington with 24 years’ experience in the building industry and has come from a Carpentry background.  He was the Main Contractor’s Project Manager for the entire length of the 5 year project being involved very early in developing concept methods and programming before overseeing the actual works being constructed once the design was finalised.