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Concrete In Australia : June 2008
NEWS Engineering our culture by Greg Schofield Conferences are forums for the sifting of ideas. Structural engineering conferences are primarily about the exchange of technical ideas, but can include cultural ideas such as the way we do business, the way we resolve failures, the way we celebrate achievements, the way we honour our peers and the way we interact at the work place. In short, interaction between likeminded people, deferral to the common good, that they cooperate in the scheduling of their conferences. Such co-operation forms part of our evolving culture. If our profession is to be assertive, better understood and better regarded, an engaged and interacting network provides a mechanism for the fulfi lment of those aspirations. Such networks will be found at Concrete 09 and ASEC 2008. The conference is supported by international engineering organisations, namely the Institution of Structural Engineers, IStructE, and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). Local engineering groups such as the Concrete Institute of Australia, Australian Steel Institute, Galvanisers Australia and Association of Consulting Structural Engineers, Victoria, support the conference. The Thursday morning keynote address shall be delivered by Professor Werner Sobek from Stuttgart, Germany who is internationally renowned for his work in lightweight structures. Sobek’s Kenneth Kemp lecture in London, was described by attendees as “absolutely brilliant”. A past vice-chancellor of Monash enhances the development of our culture and progresses our profession. The Concrete Institute of Australia has a strong tradition of running their biennial conference Concrete 09 etc. Engineers Australia is running ASEC 2008, Australasian Structural Engineering Conference, which complements the Concrete Institute’s conference. It is a refl ection of the two organisations Engineers Australia ASEC 2008, has three diverse keynote addresses, over 110 peer reviewed technical papers, and a packed two day program. The technical papers vary from Elastic analysis of Roman concrete vaults to An experimental study of flexural cracking in reinforced concrete. Refer to the conference website for a full list of abstracts. adding value in changing climates 09 12 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 2 University, structural engineer Emeritus Professor Peter Darvall will speak at the conference dinner on Thursday evening at the Melbourne Aquarium. Structural disputes will be the subject of the Friday keynote address delivered byDrDonald Charrett, a past director at Hardcastle and Richards, and now a barrister. Australian industry’s largess subsidises conferences. Sponsorship for ASEC 2008 is not yet complete and prime opportunities exist for ongoing industry support. For more details go to http://www.asec2008.com. Greg Schofi eld is chairman of the ASEC 2008 organising committee. The Crystal Palace and Big Top at Luna Park Sydney 17 to 19 September 2009 Technology new materials advanced design Performance more ef?cient delivery better quality Environment innovative applications increased sustainability