Louise Adams

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Louise Adams is currently the Regional Director – VIC, SA & ACT for global engineering and advisory services provider Aurecon, and is responsible for operations in Victoria, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory.

As one of only two females to graduate with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of South Australia in 1991, Louise is a passionate advocate for female leadership and equality within STEM. Through her roles as a Director of Aurecon’s Global Board and a member of the ANZ Leadership team, Louise is uniquely placed to influence positive change within Aurecon and across the industry.

Having started her engineering career in Adelaide Louise has travelled extensively, living and working throughout Australia and then heading overseas for 12 years prior to returning to Victoria in 2015.

Louise’s technical background is in Project Management and Civil Engineering; managing multidisciplinary projects in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, and Qatar. Her career highlights range from working with the Aga Khan on the redevelopment of the Lahore Walled City in Pakistan, to assisting with the rebuild of the Guyanese capital Georgetown following major flooding back in 2005. Louise has also provided technical advisory services to the UK Government as part of the roll-out of their Building Schools for the Future Programme.

Louise is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary projects in land development and technical advisory for project planning and is Regional Director for Aurecon in Victoria & South Australia, and Executive Director on the Aurecon Group Board. Prior to her current role, she was the Country Manager for Aurecon in the UAE and was responsible for the operations and performance of Aurecon’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices.

Louise will provide delegates with a thought provoking start to the conference, presenting on “Disruption and technology – is the consulting/design/construction industry moving forward quickly enough? Is the lack of movement partly due to the lack of diversity within the profession which is holding back new thinking?”

Professor Des Bull

Des Bull

ME (Civil), FIPENZ, CPEng

Technical Director of Holmes Consulting Group LP. Civil and Structural Engineers and the Holcim Adjunct Professor in Concrete Design, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Serves on review committees for NZS 3101: Concrete Structures and NZS 1170.5: Earthquake Loads.

Des has written or co-written some 150 papers and 8 design guidelines/manuals.

Technical Director of Holmes Consulting Group LP. Civil and Structural Engineers and the Holcim Adjunct Professor in Concrete Design, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Serves on review committees for NZS 3101: Concrete Structures and NZS 1170.5: Earthquake Loads. Des has written or co-written some 150 papers and 8 design guidelines/manuals.

Together Peter and Des will cover the topic of “Seismic Design in Australia Post Christchurch” where they will discuss current issues in seismic design, drawing on findings from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission and research recently conducted in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Professor Doug Hooton

Doug Hooton

Professor R. Douglas Hooton is NSERC/Cement Association of Canada, Senior Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research focusses on durability performance of cementitious materials in concrete as well as on performance testing and specifications. He serves on the ACI Board of Directors and chairs committees at ACI, ASTM, CSA and RILEM.

Professor R. Douglas Hooton is NSERC/Cement Association of Canada, Senior Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research over the last 38 years has focused on durability performance of cementitious materials in concrete as well as on performance testing and specifications. He serves on the ACI Board of Directors and chairs committees at ACI, ASTM, CSA and RILEM.

Doug’s key note address, titled “Recognising the Different Forms of Sulfate Attack for Provision of Sulfate Resistant Concrete” will attempt to compare the types and rates of damage due to sulfate attack occurring in North American field structures, and in outdoor exposure sites, to those in laboratory studies.

 

Professor Tim Ibell

Professor Tim Ibell

Tim Ibell is Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Bath. He was the 2015 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has won six awards for his research into innovative concrete structures.

Tim Ibell is Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Bath. He was the 2015 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has won six awards for his research into innovative concrete structures.

Tim’s plenary presentation will be on “Extraordinary Possibilities for Concrete Structures”, and extract from his abstract reads:

“Why do we usually cast wet concrete into rectangular and prismatic moulds? After all, we know that stress resultants vary across structures, so why do we not exploit the mouldability of concrete more profoundly in its design? We can, and we should. Were we to do so, we would place concrete only where we needed it, leading to savings in concrete use and leading to architecturally-beautiful concrete structures. This presentation covers the possibility of using fabric as the formwork for concrete structures, and demonstrates that fabric-formed concrete holds all sorts of opportunities for our built environment.”

Mr Peter McBean

Peter McBean

Peter has 30 years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer and is Joint Managing Director of Wallbridge & Gilbert. His professional interests are in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.

Peter is National President of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society and a member of the Standards Australia Code Committees responsible for AS1170.4 “Earthquake Actions in Australia” and AS3600 “Concrete Structures”. He recently co-authored the SRIA’s “Guide to Seismic Design and Detailing of Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia”, is the new $1.85b Royal Adelaide Hospital’s structural engineering Design Director and is an active Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) engineer.

Peter McBean has 30 years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer and is Joint Managing Director of Wallbridge Gilbert & Aztec His professional interests are in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, where he is National Vice President of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society and member of the Standards Australia Code Committees responsible for AS1170.4 “Earthquake Actions in Australia” and AS3600 “Concrete Structures”.

Together Peter and Des will cover the topic of “Seismic Design in Australia Post Christchurch” where they will discuss current issues in seismic design, drawing on findings from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission and research recently conducted in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Professor Karen Scrivener

Karen Scrivener

Karen Scrivener obtained her PhD at Imperial College in 1984, continuing as lecturer. In 1995 she joined Lafarge in France. In 2001 she was appointed Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, at EPFL, Switzerland, which focusses on the sustainability of building materials. She is the founder of Nanocem and Editor in Chief of Cement and Concrete Research. In 2014 she was made a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

Professor Karen Scrivener is Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials at EPFL, Switzerland, which focusses on the sustainability of building materials. She is also the founder of Nanocem and Editor in Chief of Cement and Concrete Research.

Karen will present a paper titled “Eco-efficient Cements: potential Solutions for a Low CO2, Eco-efficient Cement Based Materials Industry” which will outline the findings of a specific UNEP Sustainable Building and Climate Program task group established to investigate several innovative approaches to CO2 mitigation with the expected increase in the demand for cement based materials in the future.