Professor Julie Mills
Julie Mills is Professor of Engineering Education, and Head of the School of Natural and Built Environments at the University of South Australia. She taught design of concrete structures and the major Civil Engineering Design Project courses for many years. Prior to joining the university Julie worked as a Structural Engineer for 15 years on projects ranging from power stations to houses. Julie’s research interests are diverse and include structural engineering, engineering education and women in engineering. Her current research in concrete is focussed on the use of recycled materials as partial aggregate replacement, particularly the use of crumbed rubber from used tyres as partial replacement for natural sands and the potential application of this rubberised concrete in residential construction.
Associate Professor Rebecca Gravina
Rebecca Gravina is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering at RMIT University. Rebecca has 20 years of experience in the academic and private industry sectors of Structural Engineering. She was awarded her bachelor of Civil engineering from Swinburne University in 1997 and PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2002 on the topic of ductility of reinforced concrete structures. Her research expertise is in non-linear analysis of concrete structures, repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures, fibre composites in construction, use of recycled materials in concrete and engineering education. She is engaged in post graduate PhD and Masters supervision and teaching reinforced and prestressed concrete design in the civil engineering bachelor program at RMIT. Rebecca is the editor in chief of the Australian Journal of Civil Engineering and a fellow of Engineers Australia. Rebecca was the recipient of the inaugural Concrete Institute of Australia national engineering bursary for excellence in PhD studies in 2003.
Mr David Millar
David Millar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Concrete Institute of Australia. He has over 25 years’ experience in the concrete industry in Australia working in the industry association sector as well in the concrete materials, construction chemicals, and precast areas. David was the Executive Director of the Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia, and had served as a Director for the Australian Concrete Repair Association and the Concrete Institute of Australia, prior to his appointment as CEO with the Institute. In more recent times David has contributed to various discussion groups and committees at Standards Australia, sits on the Executive Council of the Asian Concrete Federation, and was a major contributor to the organisation of Concrete 2015.
Mr Tom Benn
I migrated from South Africa at the end of 1999. I joined the School of Natural & Built Environments as a lecturer in concrete materials in 2013 after 37 years in the concrete industry. This includes 13 years with Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd and 24 years in South Africa with various companies including the Readymix concrete industry, the construction chemicals industry, and the cement industry. I have been a member of the South Australian Branch of the Concrete Institute of Australia since 2000 and was Sate President and member of the Council in 2006 and2007. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Concrete Technology (UK) and a member of the UK Concrete Society and the American Concrete Institute. I am currently completing my PhD research on ” The influence of increased levels of limestone mineral addition combined with cement kiln dust on chloride ingress in mortars and concrete, which have been made with cement only and with cement and supplementary cementitious materials such as fly ash or blast furnace slag”. I have a MSc in Engineering, A GDE Civil engineering, a B Commerce, Advanced Diploma in Concrete Technology & a Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Mr John Woodside
John was born in Griffith in 1942, educated in Melbourne and attended Melbourne University, completing his degree in civil engineering in 1965. After post-graduate study, he worked in Melbourne for 4 years with Milton Johnson and Partners before working in London for 4 years with Taylor Woodrow. He returned to Australia in 1975 and worked for as a consulting engineer John Connell and Associates and then Connell Wagner (now Aurecon) in Adelaide, from 1976 to 2000. He specialised in structural design of buildings and concrete buildings and is widely experienced and respected in that field. He commenced his own practice in 2001 and is the principal of J Woodside. John has over 48 years’ experience in the building industry in Australia and overseas. John was elected an Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA) in 2005 for his services to concrete and awarded the Lewis Kent Award in 2011 by the Institution of Structural Engineers for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering in Australia. In 2006, he was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal by EA for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering and eminence in consulting engineering in Australia and overseas, as a Principal of Connell Wagner. He made a significant contribution to earthquake design and the concrete design in Australia.
Mr Mark Gobolos
Mark is currently the Vice-President of the South Australian committee for the Concrete Institute of Australia. He is a Principal and Senior Structural Engineer at Wallbridge & Gilbert Consulting Engineers. Mark has extensive experience in the design, documentation and construction supervision of large commercial, multi-storey residential, major health facilities, mixed use and industrial projects. Most recently has was the lead structural engineer for the superstructure and site supervision components of the $1.85bn New Royal Adelaide Hospital.