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Technology Clinic for Civil and Composite Design Engineers – Brisbane, Qld

Start Date 8 December 2016 Add to my calendar
End Date 8 December 2016
Time 9:30am - 5.30pm (Registration from 9am)
Location Royal Queensland Golf Club, Brisbane, Qld
Member (Composites Australia & Engineers Australia) $265 each
Non-member $365 each
Student $165 each
Networking function only - member Free
Networking function only - non member $55 each

Topic:  Introduction to the design of concrete structures internally reinforced with FRP bars

This technology clinic will provide a practical introduction on how to design concrete structures reinforced with FRP bars. The clinic will also provide the latest  knowledge on research, development and applications to support a responsible introduction and wider use in Australian civil infrastructure of this advanced concrete reinforcing material that offers significant benefits to asset owners.

(Note the course start time has been brought forward to 9.30am.   Registration opens at 9am)


Professor Brahim Benmokrane (FRSC, FACI, FCSCE, FIIFC, FCAE, FEIC), an internationally renowned leader on the innovative use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials in construction.

 Sponsored by:
   Event partners:
University of Southern Queensland Centre for Future Materials

Dr Allan Manalo a Senior Lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland and a key researcher at the university’s Centre for Future Materials.

Full bios below…


Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite has gained considerable worldwide interest and growing acceptance in the construction industry as internal reinforcement to concrete structures. The use of FRP bar is particularly attractive for structures that operate in highly aggressive environments near coastlines and in mining infrastructures where corrosion of steel reinforcing bar is a major problem.

There is a growing list of infrastructure projects in Australia that have been successfully implemented with FRP bars as the main reinforcement to concrete structures. International design codes are in place and are currently used in Australia. This clinic will provide an update on progress towards the development of Australian Standards.

Course content

  1. Introduction
  2. Properties of FRP Bars
  3. Structural laboratory Testing and Field Applications
  4. Specifications and Design Codes
  5. Design Considerations and Principles
  6. Design Examples
  7. Open Discussion
  8. Concluding Remarks


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Or download the registration form here …  (Note the course start time has been brought forward to 9.30am Registration opens at 9am)

About the presenters

Professor Benmokrane (FRSC, FACI, FCSCE, FIIFC, FCAE, FEIC) is an internationally renowned leader on the innovative use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials in construction. His pioneering research has produced ways to use fiberglass, and carbon-fiber composites to replace steel as reinforcement in concrete structures, thereby eliminating the deterioration and damage of urban infrastructure through corrosion. Professor Benmokrane has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, the CSA Medal of Merit, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering P.L. Pratley Award, the ConMat Life-Time Achievements Award and elected Fellow by the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the International Institute in FRP for Construction, the Engineers Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada.

Prof Benmokrane is holding an NSERC/Industrial research Chair in Innovative FRP Composite Reinforcements for Concrete Infrastructure since 2010 and the first researcher to hold an NSERC research chair for 4 consecutive terms (until 2020). He is a Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Composite Materials for Civil Structures in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada).

Professor Benmokrane is an active member in the CSA (Canadian Standard Association) committees on FRP structural components and reinforcing materials for buildings (S806) and bridges (S6), and ACI committee 440 ‘FRP Reinforcement’, where he contributed for developing new Design Codes (CAN/CSA S807-10, CAN/CSA S-806-02, CSA-S6-06) and guides (ACI 440.1R.01/03/07, ACI 440.3R.04, etc.).

Dr Allan Manalo is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He completed his master’s studies at Saitama University, Japan in 2008, and his doctoral studies at USQ in 2011, both in the field of Structural Engineering. He is a key researcher at the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) at USQ. His research interest includes fibre composites in civil infrastructure, composite railway sleepers, sandwich structures, and fibre reinforced concrete structures. He has published more than 50 technical papers in the field of Structural Engineering and Composites and Hybrid Materials. He was awarded the USQ Excellence in Research (Early Career) Award in 2013 and the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying Research Excellence Award (Early Career) in 2012 in recognition of his excellence in research.

Since 2012, Dr Manalo has been leading research projects at USQ relating to the use of FRP bars as internal reinforcement to concrete structures. From July 2015 to January 2016, he spent time at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, undertaking collaborative research projects on FRP bars, which was supported by the Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government. Due to his involvement on research and development projects on FRP bars as internal reinforcement to concrete structures, he has been nominated as an associate member of the CAN/CSA S807-10 standards on “Specification for fibre-reinforced polymers.” 

The Composites Australia end of year function will be held following on from the seminar. Members are complimentary and non members can register at $55 per ticket. Bookings are required for both members and non members so the organisers can cater accordingly. Those registered for the seminar the networking function is included or you can book for the networking function only.