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Advancing Bridge Rehabilitation Using Advanced Composite Technologies – Melbourne, Victoria

Start Date 19 November 2014 Add to my calendar
End Date 19 November 2014
Time 8.30am - 3.00pm
Importance
Members $55 each
Non members $77 each
Students $25 each

This one-day collaborative research and industry forum is designed to share relevant, experience-based knowledge about new and emerging initiatives in the field of bridge rehabilitation using advanced composites, including carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials.

It will bring together the research, composites industry (including design) and specifying communities to enable a collaborative approach to further the development of standards and guidelines for bridge rehabilitation using advanced composite technologies.

The forum will introduce the Special Interest Hub for Composites in Infrastructure, a joint initiative of META and Composites Australia to further the development of standards and guidelines for bridge rehabilitation and construction using advanced composite technologies.

In addition the event will provide an opportunity for attendees to network, and discuss progress on the development of the Australia Standards, AS5100 Part 8 – a key enabler for composite design and repair solutions.

It will finish with a brief tour and demonstration of Swinburne’s Smart Structures Laboratory, a $15 million facility for large-scale three-dimensional testing of civil, mechanical, aerospace and mining engineering components and systems. It is the only facility of its type available in Australia.

Context

The repair and strengthening of aging infrastructure, especially bridges, is becoming a pressing issue as traffic and loads increase. Australia is part of an international effort developing repair systems for the world’s aging infrastructure using advanced composites.

Groundbreaking applications both in Australia (the West Gate bridge widening project) and overseas have confirmed composites repair systems can deliver significant advantages over traditional systems at installation as well as increasing load carrying capacity, reducing maintenance time and increasing the service life of bridges.

This seminar seeks to draw on current and emerging knowledge to advance the development and application of advanced composite infrastructure repair systems by bringing together leading researchers in the field, the composites industry, engineers and those responsible for specifying infrastructure repairs and design.

In addition the event will provide an opportunity for attendees to network, and discuss progress on the development of the Australia Standards, AS5100 Part 8 – a key enabler for composite design and repair solutions.

The seminar will be jointly chaired by Swinburne University Professor of Structural Engineering Riadh Al- Mahaidi and Composites Australia.

It will finish with a brief tour and demonstration of Swinburne’s Smart Structures Laboratory, a $15 million facility for large-scale three-dimensional testing of civil, mechanical, aerospace and mining engineering components and systems. It is the only facility of its type available in Australia.

Who should attend

 Professionals currently working, or planning to work with advanced composite materials in the design, building and rehabilitation of infrastructure, including bridges such as:

  • Researchers / educators
  • Specifying authorities –  federal, state and local government bodies
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Composites industry fabricators
  • Materials and systems suppliers
  • Students

Presenters and topics

Alan Wilkes, National Executive – Industry Engagement, META
Theme: An overview of META and how it can help Australian manufacturers and research organisations work towards building a strong manufacturing future in Australia.

Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi, Professor of Structural Engineering atSwinburne University
Theme: Rehabilitation of concrete structures – an overview of latest developments and review of some existing case studies.

Professor Xiao-Ling Zhao, Chair of Civil Engineering at Monash University
Theme: Rehabilitation of metal structures – an overview of latest developments and review of some existing case studies.

Dr Pedram Mojarrad, Product Manager, Regional Product Sustainability Coordinator- APAC, SIKA Australia Pty Ltd
Theme: Structural Strengthening, International & Australian Codes of Practice

Tony Stanton, Engineering Manager – APAC for GURIT Pty Ltd
Theme: Bridging the gap with composites

Michael Kemp, General Manager, Wagners Composites Fibre Technologies
Theme:  Wagners will share their experience in the design, manufacture and construction of smaller and pedestrian bridges.

Mario Fantin, Principal Bridge Engineer, VicRoads
Theme: Pressure to accommodate higher productivity freight and the challenges faced by Vicroads in strengthening bridges – also examples of where composites have been used in strengthening bridges

Prof Thiru Aravinthan, Director and Professor of Structural Engineering, Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites, University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba
Theme: Fibre composites in civil infrastructure – Research to reality in Australia

Download the event flyer and registration form or register online below.