Introduction to the Use of GFRP


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This webinar provides a state-of-the-art look at research, development, and application of GFRP bars, with the aim of informing the engineering community about this alternative non-corrodible reinforcing technology. This webinar will be useful for engineers and professional engineering firms around Australia as well as engineering students to provide them with information on how and where to use GFRP bars.


Dr Khodamorad Nabaki, Principal Structural Engineer at Madewell Products

Khodamorad is a Doctor of Structural Engineering with over14 years of experience as a Structural Engineer involved in a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial projects and is skilled in GFRP–reinforced concrete design. Dr Nabaki, is a part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Transformation of Building and Infrastructure Systems through Innovations in Smart Prefabrication Technologies which aims to train the next generation of professionals and researchers, develop materials, systems, designs and theorise value chains that will transform the construction industry in building and infrastructure in offsite manufacturing.

Professor Allan Manalo - Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, and the team leader of the Civil Composites research group at the Centre for Future Materials at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Prof Manalo is currently holding the Advanced Queensland Industry Research Fellowship in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, which aim to future-proof Queensland’s marine and boating infrastructure using GFRP-reinforced concrete technologies. Prof Manalo was awarded the USQ Excellence in Research Award in 2019 and was a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavour Executive Leadership Award in 2019 in recognition of his excellence in industry engagement, innovation and research. He is the chair of the Standards Australia BD-108 Fibre reinforced polymer composite bars, and an associate member of the Canadian Standards CAN/CSA S807-10 standards on “Specification for fibre-reinforced polymers. Prof Manalo is an active member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Composites Australia, Engineers Australia, and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).