Earthquake and Shear - F2F - Sydney

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Kirribilli Club
11 Harbourview Crescent , Lavender Bay NSW 2060


The latest version of AS 3600 (2018) contains major revisions that require changes in practice at all stages of the design and construction.  In this seminar three of Australia’s leading experts in the fields of design for shear and earthquake loading will discuss how this will change design and detailing procedures.

The provisions for shear design in the previous version of AS 3600 were based on a simple design procedure covering complex interactions between shear, bending and torsion. In some cases this resulted in design results that were either unconservative, or excessively over-conservative. The new version of the code introduces the Modified Compression Field Theory model, allowing more rational design methods, which are more consistent over a wide range of conditions.  

Continuing research has found that whilst large earthquakes are rare in Australia, a major earthquake in a highly populated region could have devastating effects.  Continuing experience and research have also changed accepted best practice for designing for earthquake effects.  The new AS 3600 incorporates requirements for seismic design and detailing within the body of the code for the first time.  It is important that the basis of the methodology is understood, and how this is implemented in changes to design and detailing requirements. 


CIA Members $88.00 CIA Retired Members $44.00 CIA Student Members $22.00 Non Members $110.00


Professor Stephen Foster
Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering - University of New South Wales

Dr. Scott Menegon
Research Fellow - Swinburne University of Technology

Mr. Eric Lume
National Engineer - The Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia


This seminar will provide vital information both on the background to the new requirements and how these will affect standard detailing practice.

Professor Stephen Foster, Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW
Changes to the provisions for shear both reduce the risk of dangerous under-design, and provide opportunities for increased efficiency.  Stephen will present the background to these changes, and how they are handled in the code.

Dr Scott Menegon, Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
Seismic Loading Requirements: AS 1170.4 and the new commentary; new requirements for earthquake loading of reinforced concrete structures and how these interact with AS 3600.

Eric Lume, National Engineer at The Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia
Detailing for earthquake loads; how to ensure compliance with the new design and detailing rules.  How the new seismic requirements for columns and walls interact with other design and detailing requirements.


5.00pm     Registrations Open
5.30pm     Welcome and Introductions
5.45pm     Guest Speaker Presentations
7.15pm     Discussion and Question Time
7.30pm     Networking. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
8.15pm     Close

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