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The 9th International Conference on Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas
14-17 February 2018

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STESSA '18 Keynote Speakers

Stephen Hogg
Mr. Stephen Hogg

Aurecon Christchurch


Stephen is a practicing structural consulting engineer and a technical director of Aurecon New Zealand Ltd based in their Christchurch office. Stephen started his career at Holmes Consulting Group in Wellington after graduating from the University of Canterbury in 1988. In 1999 Stephen started his own consultancy Romulus Consulting Group Ltd based in Wellington. In 2008 Stephen and his other business partners saw opportunities for significant growth and merged their company with Connell Wagner in Wellington which later became Aurecon New Zealand Ltd.
Stephen is an advocate for the application new technologies in seismic resilient building design. The February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch and the 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes have created opportunities for all structural engineers to implement resilient building design to an extent not seen before in New Zealand. Supporting the growth and innovation of resilient building design for his clients and Aurecon, Stephen leads a team of structural engineers in Christchurch with a focus on creating seismic resilient buildings.

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Prof. Charles Clifton
University of Auckland

Charles Clifton graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Batchelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) in 1978 and a Master of Civil Engineering in 1979. From 1979 to 1981 he worked for a major New Zealand consulting engineering firm, then from 1981 to 1983 for a joint UK/Saudi Arabian consulting engineering firm in London.
In 1983 Charles started the Structural Division of the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), with responsibility for technical development supporting the efficient and effective use of structural steel in buildings. At HERA he conducted and coordinated research in structural steel, composite construction, seismic design and detailing, fire engineering and durability. He also made major and ongoing contributions to the introduction of new and revised standards, developed widely used design guides and was actively involved in professional development.
A long and productive collaboration with the University of Auckland while at HERA saw several innovations researched, developed and adopted by the profession and also the award of his PhD in 2005. The outcome from his PhD was the development of two new seismic resisting systems that 10 years later are in over $4billion of new buildings, some of which has been tested and performed well in recent severe earthquakes.
Since 2008 he has been at the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, specialising in structural steel and composite engineering where he leads a comprehensive postgraduate research programme and undertakes undergraduate teaching in years 2 to 4 of the Batchelor of Engineering degree.
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Prof. Guo-Qiang Li

Tongji University

Li is currently a professor of structural engineering at the College of Civil Engineering in Tongji University, the director of Research Centro of Education Ministry of China for Steel Construction and the director of National Research Centro of China for Pre-fabrication Construction. He is also a vice-chairman of Chinese Society of Steel Construction and a vice-chairman of Chinese Association of Construction Standardization. In addition, he is the director of the steering committee of Higher-Education on Civil Engineering of China. He is also a fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers in UK, an Honorary Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Steel Construction.
Professor Li’s research has been mainly in the area of hazard mitigation including earthquake-resistance, fire-resistance and blast-resistance for steel structures. He has been the principal investigator for more than 40 research projects funded respectively by Chinese Science and Technology Ministry, Construction Ministry, Education Ministry, Natural Science Foundation and Shanghai Science and Technology Committee. He has published 13 technical books and more than 600 journal papers in Chinese and English relevant to his research topics.

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Prof. Raffaele Landolfo

University of Naples “Federico II”

Raffaele Landolfo is Full Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Naples "Federico II". He is currently the Head of the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture at the University of Naples. His research activity involves the participation in several national and international research projects. He also served as Chairman the Working Group 3 within the European project COST Action C25 "Sustainability of Constructions: Integrated approach to Life-time Structural Engineering". He served as president of ECCS (i.e. European Convention for Constructional Steelwork).
Since 2007 he is the Chairman of TC13 that is the Technical Committee on Seismic Design of ECCS. Within this framework he is coordinating a research group made of International experts in order to revise and improve the current version of Chapter 6 “steel structures” of Eurocode 8. Recently, he has been appointed as Convenor of Working Group 2 (WG2) – Steel and Composite Structures within CEN/TC250/SC8 Committee, which is the official body devoted to the maintenance and development of all parts of Eurocode 8. He is also active in other international standardization organizations (e.g. Committee CEN/TC 250/SC3, CEN/TC 250/SC9, etc.). He published a book and more than 400 scientific papers, mainly on national and international journals.
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Prof. Robert Tremblay

Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal

Robert Tremblay is Professor of Structural Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Earthquake Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal, Canada. He received his Bachelor (1978) and Master (1988) degrees from Université Laval and completed his Ph.D. in 1994 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Before undertaking his doctoral studies, Prof. Tremblay worked for 10 years in the industry. His current research work is mainly directed towards the seismic design and response of steel structures. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Earthquake Design for the National Building Code of Canada, the CSA-S16 Technical Committee on Steel Structures for Buildings, the CSA S6 Technical Sub-Committee on Seismic Design of Bridge Structures, the AISC Task Committee 9 on seismic design of steel structures and the AISC Adhoc Task Group on Non-Building Structures and Industrial Buildings.

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Prof. Toru Takeuchi
Tokyo Institute of Technology 

Born in 1960, he graduated from Tokyo Tech in 1984, worked for Nippon Steel Corporation for 19 years as a structural engineer & researcher including several year experiences in Ove Arup & Partners London. After starting research and education in Tokyo Tech from 2003, he has been working on steel structure, seismic design including various energy-dissipation members including BRBs, spatial design including latticed shells and cable structures.
Working as structural engineer for 350m height building in Hong Kong, New library and retrofits of facilities in the University and related researches, he was awarded as Japan structural design award 2005, IASS Tsuboi award 2005, Good design award Japan 2005,2012,2013, AIJ research theses award in 2011. He is currently an executive council member of IASS, the auditor and chair of Shell & Spatial structures committee of AIJ, Steel working committee member of IABSE.
In his keynote lecture, he presents early history of BRB researches and developments, as one of the earliest developing members of BRBs. Then state-of-art views of items required to design BRBs are briefly overviewed, followed by summary of representative various application concepts in the past 25 years and up-to-date investigations.