Webinar - Blast Design

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Thursday, 12 August 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Webinar , Online CIA


With a potential rising prevalence of terrorist attacks and accidental explosions around the world, engineering structures may experience blast loads in their service life and need be designed to resist blast loads because damages or failures of structures would lead to significant economic losses and casualties.

Therefore, safe structural designs to protect critical civil structures and personnel are essential for the wellbeing of society. This webinar, a repeat of part of the F2F seminar on Blast Design held in Perth in April, will give a detailed introduction to the design and construction of blast resistant building structures.


CIA Members $33.00 Non Members $66.00 CIA Student Members $22.00


Professor Hong Hao
Professor - Curtin University and Australian Laureate Fellow

Mr. Asher Gehl
Director - Karagozian & Case Australia Pty Ltd


Challenges in Effective Analysis and Design of Structures to Resist Blast Loads
This talk will discuss the current practice and challenges on effective analysis and design of structures to resist blast loads. The talk will discuss the difficulties in reliably estimating blast loadings and its influences on structural response predictions; the limitations of simplified design analysis method for accurately predicting the structural responses; the different response characteristics and failure mechanism of structures subjected to dynamic loads of different loading rates. The talk will also very briefly introduce some of our recent work on blast loading predictions, development of improved blast-resistant design charts, and development of protective structures with new structural forms and structural materials.

Presented by: Hong Hao (BS, MSc, PhD/ DistFIAPS, FTSE, FIEAus, FASCE, FISEAM), John Curtin Distinguished Professor in Curtin University and Australian Laureate Fellow
Hong Hao received BEng degree from Tianjin University in China, MSc and PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He is John Curtin Distinguished Professor in Curtin University, and Australian Laureate Fellow. He has been invited to give more than 80 keynote presentations in international conferences around the globe, and giving industry seminars in IE Malaysia, IE Hong Kong, Ove Arup London and K&C Los Angles, etc. His research results are included in textbooks, adopted in design codes, and used in construction projects around the world. He is the chief editor of International Journal of Protective Structures, chief editor of International Journal of Lifecycle Performance Engineering. He is President of International Association of Protective Structures, and was President of Australia Earthquake Engineering Society from 2010-2013. He also sits in the Executive Committee of International Association of Earthquake Engineering as Australian Rep, and in the Advisory Board of Australian Network for Structural Health Monitoring. He is an elected fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, Distinguished fellow of International Association of Protective Structures, fellow of Engineers Australia, fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and fellow of International Association of Engineering Asset Management. He is listed by Elsevier as the No 1 most highly cited researcher in Civil/Structural Engineering in the world in 2020, and selected by the Australian as the Civil/Structural Engineering Field Research Leader in Australia in 2020.
Overview of blast engineering design process
This presentation will deliver an overview of Blast Engineering design process, providing an insight for stakeholders to understand the potential impact and influence on their projects
Presented by: Asher Gehl, Director, Karagozian & Case Australia Pty Ltd
Asher Gehl is the Managing Director of the Australian Office of Karagozian & Case, a global leader in the explosive effects and protective design field, whose mission is focused on solving complex and technically challenging problems using state of the art testing, analysis and validated design methodologies that have been developed over their 75 year history.  State-of-the-art physics-based analytical models and access to extensive test data allows K&C to effectively quantify the consequences associated with a diverse range of malicious, extreme and exceedingly rare events, as well as natural phenomena.
Asher is a Principal Member of Registry of Security Engineers and Specialists (RSES) and a Chartered professional engineer with eighteen years of experience in protective design and structural vulnerability assessments from blast and impact.  Asher has a long history of experience and exposure to explosive safety, counterterrorism and security and has successfully delivered numerous high-profile projects across several disciplines including Defence, Government, Transport (Major Rail and Aviation), Commercial, Petrochemical and Civil Infrastructure requiring design for blast, vehicular impact and progressive collapse. Asher has developed a trusting working relationship with key Australian Defence, Government and Police stakeholders and is on the Executive Committee for the International Association of Protective Structures (Australia).


The webinar will run from 2.00pm to approx. 3.00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Delegates will be emailed login details and a password for this webinar 24 hours prior to the event.

Times for all States:

NSW/QLD/VIC/TAS/ACT 2.00pm to 3.00pm (AEST)
SA/NT 1.30pm to 2.30pm
WA  12.00pm to 1.00pm


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