Forum: Effects of Blast and Other Extreme Events 2017

  • Vulnerability and Mitigation
    Special Annual Forum for Practitioners & Researchers
    Day 2, Thursday, 4th May 2017 9.30am – 5pm
    Call for Expression of interest and Registration

    In today’s world, knowledge of Blast and other extreme events is vital. There are many similarities when you consider these extreme events.

    The Blast and other extreme events Forum will provide participants with a valuable overview of case studies, modelling tools and research projects in this area covering terrorist attacks, accidental explosions, mining explosions, floods, earthquakes, bushfires, risk and safety management etc. Leading practitioners, researchers and clients are invited to make presentations or attend.



    09.00 – 09.30    Registration

    09:30 – 09.45    Introduction and announcements Prof Chengqing Wu and A/Prof Tuan Ngo

    09.45 – 11.00    Keynote Speech
    Dr Richard Davis, Chief Technology Officer, National Security, Defence Science and Technology Group.

    11:00 – 11.20    Terrorist Bombings, Target Selection and Infrastructure Resilience
    Professor Mark G Stewart (Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, The University of Newcastle)

    11:20 – 11.30    Morning tea and forum discussion

    11:30 – 11.50   Home-made explosive devices in Australia
    Mr Andrew Coe, Red Team

    11:50 – 12.10   Numerical study for the combined blast and fragment loading effects on reinforced concrete (RC) slabs
    Prof Chi-King Lee, Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW

    12.10 – 12.30   The protection of Safetydrape blast curtains against bomb blast events
    Mr Gary Price, Managing director, Materialised Pty Ltd

    12.30 – 13.30   Lunch break

    13.30 – 13.50  Development of an Advanced Blast Simulator for the National Facility for Physical Blast Simulation (NFPBS)
    Prof Alex Remennikov, Head of School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong

    14.10 – 14.30  An experimental facility for assessing fragment impact and equation-of-state spall experiments
    Prof Paul J Hazell, School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW

    14.30 – 14.50  Afternoon tea and group photo

    14.50 – 15.10   Experimental and Numerical Investigation of ultra-high performance concrete targets against projectile impact loading
    Professor Chengqing Wu (Chair of the Australian Chapter of the International Association of Protective Structures, University of Technology, Sydney)

    15.10 – 15.30   Development of a new engineered cementitious composite reinforced with steel fibre against blast loading
    Dr. Yixia (Sarah) Zhang, Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW

    15.30 – 16.15   Challenges and opportunities for research collaboration
    Panel discussion.

    16.15   Closure and Networking Drinks session

    The Forum will be informal to maximise networking and information transfer. The Forum will consist of 15 minute presentations (with 10 minutes of questions), and 45 minute panel sessions exploring topics including the future demand for professional services.


    Fees are designed for the Forum to break even. Fees are:

    • $195 (incl GST) for fill-time students
    • $295 (incl GST) for forum presenters
    • $395 (incl GST) for forum delegates

    Program Co-ordinator – Dr Jonathan Tran (University of Melbourne)

    Program Co-Chairs –A/Prof Tuan Ngo (University of Melbourne) Prof. Chengqing Wu (University of Technology, Sydney) and Prof. Priyan Mendis (University of Melbourne)

    Expressions of interest for Presentations (deadline)

    If you are interested in delivering a presentation at the Forum, please email a 100-word summary to Dr Jonathan Tran by COB Monday, 6th March 2017.



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