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Concrete In Australia : March 2008
NEWS ASEC 2008 Australasian Structural Engineering conference by Greg Schofield ASEC 2008 – Engaging with structural engineering, will be held at The Sebel Albert Park on Queens Road Melbourne on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June. This conference will provide the opportunity for structural engineers to: • examine how theory is put into practice • discuss the practice of structural engi- neering • hear about innovations in structural engineering • fi nd out about lessons from structural failures • evaluate new concepts in sustainable structural engineering. ASEC 2008 is a biennial conference specifi cally directed at practicing structural engineers. ASEC 2008 will provide a time out for structural engineers to meet, share ideas, learn about new technologies and broaden their technical skills. IStuctE, IABSE, Australian Steel Institute, Concrete Institute of Australia and the Galvanizer’s Association of Australia are supporting the conference. IStructE members from Hong Kong and SESOC members from New Zealand are also expected to attend. A summary of the submitted abstracts can be found at www.asec2008.com. The Thursday morning keynote address, sponsored by the Institution of Structural Engineers (the IStructE is celebrating its centenary year), will be presented by Professor Werner Sobek from Stuttgart, Germany. Sobek is renowned for his work on lightweight structures. Sobek’s recent Kenneth Kemp lecture in London, was described as “absolutely brilliant”. The conference dinner on Thursday evening will be held at the Melbourne Aquarium. The conference organisers are delighted that Emeritus Professor Peter Darvall, a structural engineer and past Vice Chancellor of Monash University, has agreed to speak at the function. The Friday keynote address is sponsored by IABSE (International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering). DrDonald Charrett, a past director at Hardcastle & Richards and now a barrister, will deliver what promises to be a most interesting presentation on structural disputes. ASEC 2008 is an opportunity for engineering service providers and allied structural engineering companies to present their goods to a receptive audience (refer conference web site). Registration can be made on the conference website at www.asec2008.com. Greg Schofi eld is Chairman of the ASEC 2008 organising committee. 10 Concrete in Australia Vol 33 No 4 T N R G N F E N E O I I N C V R I N E G R I