Presentations of Papers at following conferences

  • Australian Earthquake Engineering Society (AEES) 2016 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 25-27 November, 2016
  • 11th Pacific Structural Steel Conference, Shanghai, China, 29-31 October, 2016
  • Tenth Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sydney, Australia, 6-8 November 2015
  • The 2015 World Congress on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (ASEM15), Incheon, Korea, 25-29 August 2015
  • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, 10 Apr 2015 - 12 Apr 2015
  • 2014 AEES annual conference, Earthquake Engineering Society, 2014, Lorne, Australia
  • 2013 AEES annual conference, Earthquake Engineering Society, 2013, Hobart, Australia
  • NZSEE Conference, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 2013, New Zealand
  • 2012 AEES annual conference, Earthquake Engineering Society, 2012, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
  • 2011 AEES annual conference, Earthquake Engineering Society, 2011, Melbourne, Australia
  • 21st Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM21), Melbourne, Australia
  • 4th International Conference on Steel and Composite Structures (ICSCS'10), Sydney, Australia
  • Sixth International Conference on Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Area, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2010 Structures Congress/North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC), Orlando, Florida, USA
  • SDSS2010-International Colloquium on Stability and Ductility of Steel Structures, 2010, Rio, Brazil
  • 13th International Symposium on Tubular Structures, 2010, Hong Kong, China
  • 21st Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Material, 2010. Melbourne
  • 2010 conference, Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, Perth
  • Australian Earthquake Engineering Society Conference, 2009, Newcastle, Australia
  • 20th Australasian Conference of Mechanics of Structures and Materials, 2008, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
  • 12th International Symposium on Tubular Structures, Shanghai, China, 2008
  • 5th International Conference on Thin-Walled Structures, Brisbane, Australia
  • Fourth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, 2007
  • Concrete 07, Concrete Institute of Australia, 2007 

International Workshop on Steel and Composite Connections and Systems
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8th and 9th 2011
Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology

Industry participants:
Dr. Saman Fernando, Ajax Engineered Fasteners
Dr. Spiros Dallas, OneSteel
Dr. Stephen Hicks, HERA
Dr. Peter Key, ASI
Dr. Mike Simmons, ASI
Dr. Ken Watson, NASH
University-based researchers:
Assoc. Professor Helen Goldsworthy, University of Melbourne
Assoc. Professor Nelson Lam, Nov. 9th only
Dr. Jack Yao, University of Melbourne
Dr. Jessey Lee, University of Melbourne
Hossein Agheshlui, University of Melbourne
Professor Emad Gad, Swinburne University
Professor Brian Uy, University of Western Sydney
Dr. Olivia Mirza, University of Western Sydney
Dr. George Vasdravellis, University of Western Sydney
Professor Ahmed Elghazouli, Imperial College
Professor Roberto Leon, Georgia University of Technology
Associate Professor Greg MacRae, University of Canterbury
Hsen Han Khoo, University of Auckland (on behalf of Prof. Charles Clifton)

Brief Summary:
It is no surprise to anyone with knowledge of the business world that the Australian steel industry has suffered badly from the effects of globalisation and the GFC. On the 8th and 9th of November, Dr. Helen Goldsworthy (Dept. of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne) and Professor Emad Gad (Swinburne University of Technology) hosted an international workshop on steel and composite structural systems . It was attended by the members of an Australian research group led by Dr. Goldsworthy, their international collaborators, Professor Ahmed Elghazouli (Head of Structural Engineering at Imperial College), Professor Roberto Leon (Georgia Institute of Technology), Associate Professor Greg MacRae (University of Canterbury) and Hsen-Han Khoo (representing Associate Professor Charles Clifton from the University of Auckland), and prominent leaders in the steel industry including Dr. Stephen Hicks (HERA in New Zealand), Dr. Peter Key (director of the Australian Steel Institute (ASI)), Dr. Mike Simmons (from ASI in Victoria), Dr. Ken Watson (NASH), and Dr. Saman Fernando (Ajax Engineering Fasteners). It was a stimulating event; as part of the workshop Dr. Goldsworthy showcased the work her team had done on blind-bolted connections within a previous ARC Linkage Grant with industry partners Australian Tube Mills (OneSteel) and Ajax Engineered Fasteners. The workshop was also intended to lead up to a new project with a focus on structural systems using these connections; one for which Dr. Goldsworthy, Professor Gad, Professor Uy (University of Western Sydney) and Dr. Fernando (Ajax Fasteners) were recently awarded another ARC Linkage grant (July 2011).

The wide-ranging experience of the collaborators and industry representatives provoked interesting discussions on a range of issues: the latest connection details, the fire and earthquake resistance of steel structural systems, the path to a sustainable future, and the challenges faced by industry. For example some work currently being undertaken at the Universities of Auckland and Canterbury aims to create connection details that will minimise the resulting damage to buildings in a large earthquake. An international perspective revealed that steel is widely used in the construction industries in New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. A., particularly in low to moderate rise commercial buildings. The market share is considerably lower in Australia and one of the workshop participants, Dr. Peter Key, who was recently appointed as director of the ASI, is determined to reverse this trend. He has a focus on sustainable and resilient construction and on the development of standardised connections, codified approaches to design, and on the provision of design guidelines that can be easily used by Australian structural engineering designers and contractors. The emphasis on innovation and education promoted by all of the workshop participants should influence engineers to utilise steel in construction and hence aid in the revitalisation of the steel industry in Australia.

The participants agreed to continue their collaborative efforts in the future.