Extreme Events

For details on upcoming Concrete Institute of Australia events, please see the CIA website:  www.concreteinstitute.com.au  or contact the Queensland Branch Office on 0459 590 044 or [email protected].
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Tuesday, 17 September 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


TAFE Restaurant
Level 2 - Block C 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101


With the Building Industry in the media limelight recently, the sudden collapse and failure of concrete structures puts even more pressure on building practitioners at every level, particularly when they can be prevented or appropriate measures can be included in the design to reduce the risk.

The Concrete Institute of Australia's September Seminar "Extreme Events" is aimed at providing designers, contractors and asset owners with an overview to understanding the causes of collapse, provide solutions to prevent sudden collapse and to look at other controls that can be included to reduce or stop dangerous outcomes from extreme events.

The seminar will include a detailed look at the areas that are at the heart of ensuring robust concrete structures are designed and built in this country, and they will be presented by pre-eminent experts in these fields.

If you have any enquiries please contact Gayle Townsend on 0459 590 044 or [email protected].


CIA Members $75.00 CIA Retired Members $20.00 CIA Student Members $20.00 Non-members $98.00


Dr. Cristian Maluk
Senior Lecturer - The University of Queensland

Sean Gardiner
Calibre Group Pty Ltd


Dr Cristian Maluk, The University of Queensland
Fire-Induced Concrete Spalling – The End of the Beginning
Cristian’s presentation will cover the state of the art in our understanding of spalling suffered by concrete structures during fire. It is widely known that certain types of modern concretes and certain concrete structures applications have a higher propensity for concrete spalling during or even after a fire. Cristian’s talk will describe typical engineering design and construction tools for accounting for the risk of concrete spalling during fire (in buildings and tunnel applications), and how new studies are aiming at tackling some of the scientific and industry challenges.

Sean Gardiner, Calibre Group
Seismic design fundamentals and recent updates
Sean will discuss building performance observations and the assessment and design changes implemented in New Zealand following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. He will look at the seismic design principles of buildings, ways to assess and apply seismic loads and the design of structural systems to resist earthquake actions, including incorporating ductility and capacity design. Sean will look at the earthquake design updates presented in Chapter 14 of AS3600, and touch on his thoughts for the future of seismic engineering.


4.30 pm Registration Commences - Tea and coffee will be served
5.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
5.05 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
7.00 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
8.00 pm Seminar closes

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