Steel Structures Seminar

Next seminar is scheduled for November 2022

Details to be confirmed.


Information below was for the June 2022 seminar.


Seminar Information

We are pleased to announce the new date for this seminar

Our popular Steel Structures Seminar is a must-attend event for practicing structural engineers, engineering students and academics.

Part one of this half-day seminar will provide an overview of key updates to steel design and construction standards, and the implications for design practice.  The session will cover changes and recommendations for achieving durable steel structures, the latest steel construction compliance initiatives and include a case study presentation of the first application of the Optimized Sliding Hinge Joint, a 2021 SCNZ/NZSEE Best Conference Steel Paper.

Part two will focus on best-practice welding, detailing and steel construction. The session will present the latest world-leading research on welded connections, economical and good detailing practices. The day will close with practical steel construction learnings, including a case study presentation of the Supreme Winner of the 2020 SCNZ Excellence in Steel Awards.

Provisional Programme

  • Registration, tea/coffee, networking – 12:30pm
  • Welcome – 1pm
  • NZS 3404 Steel Structures Standard Revision – Implications for Engineers
  • Dealing with B2 – Meeting the Building Code Durability Requirements
  • Steel Construction Compliance – What’s New
  • Case Study: ACC Centre Hamilton – Implementation of Optimized Sliding Hinge Joint
  • Break
  • Welding Details: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • Best Practice Detailing and Project Delivery
  • Case Study: NZ Bloodstock Atrium – 2020 SCNZ Excellence in Steel Award
  • Closing Remarks
  • Finish – 5:30pm

Who Should Attend:

Engineers working for consultants, clients, building control authorities and contractors who are involved in the design, fabrication and construction of steel structures.

Why Attend:

  • Hear direct from steel industry experts
  • Keep your engineering knowledge relevant and up-to-date
  • Improve your skills in the design and project delivery of steel structures
  • Learn about steel fabrication and how structural steel contractors can add value
  • Network with industry peers.


Sean Gledhill

Technical Director, Structural Engineering – Beca

Sean has over 20 years experience in the industry and has specialist expertise in earthquake engineering with a focus on low damage seismic systems.


Wayne Carson

Immediate Past Chairman – SCNZ; Managing Director – D&H Steel Construction

Wayne has a wealth of knowledge spanning 30 years in the steel industry. His broad range of experience covers steel-framed housing, light commercial/industrial, prefinished framed wall panels and cladding systems for multistorey construction, and the product and market development of innovative steel construction systems.


Michail Karpenko

General Manager Welding Centre – HERA

Michail is an international welding engineer (IIW). He is a member of the Standards New Zealand and Australia Committees, including WD-003 Welding, and is actively involved in the revision and update of welding standards such as AS/NZS 1554, AS/NZS ISO 3834, DR ISO 17607 and AS/NZS 5131.


Alan McClintock

Senior Welding Engineer – HERA

Alan is a qualified welder, welding supervisor and inspector IWI-C, and an IIW welding technologist. He has considerable experience with New Zealand and Australia welding-related structural standards and quality-related control procedures.


Raed El Sarraf

Technical Principal, Materials and Corrosion – WSP

Raed has co-authored several structural steel durability industry guidance notes in both New Zealand and Australia, and is on the SNZ TS3404 committee. Documents to date include HERA’s NZ Steelwork and Corrosion Coatings Guide and NZTA’s Protective Coatings for Steel Bridges.


Alistair Fussell

Consultant – SCNZ

Former manager for SCNZ, Alistair has specialist knowledge in the design of steel structures and more than 25 years’ structural engineering experience, including 15 years working for various New Zealand consulting engineering practices.  He is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng), and a member of both Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ) and the Standards Australia BD-023 Committee: Structural Steel.


Kevin Cowie

Technical Director – SCNZ

A chartered professional engineer (CPEng) and a member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ), Kevin has more than 15 years’ structural engineering experience. He has assisted New Zealand consultants in the preparation of many multilevel steel construction design options, and contributed to countless structural steel design guides and industry guidance documents. Kevin has been involved in multiple steel-related standards committees and is currently chairing the proposed revision to NZS 3404.


Mark Duxfield

Project Manager – Global Engineering

Mark looks after the operational side of Global, from initial contract award to detailing, fabrication and project completion on site. He is a qualified fitter and welder with a Graduate Diploma in Business, and has more than 35 years’ experience across many industry sectors in engineering and manufacturing.

Seminar Details & Fees

Date: Thursday 2nd June 2022

Venue: The Maritime Room, Princes Wharf, Auckland CBD


Cost (incl. GST)

  • SCNZ Members – $100 pp
  • HERA/SESOC Members – $400 pp
  • Non-members – $500 pp


To register, please email




Persons enrolled wishing to cancel must do so via email seven days prior to the seminar to obtain a refund. After this date no refunds will be given. SCNZ reserves the right to cancel seminars due to insufficient registrations or other reasons beyond its control, in which case fees paid will be refunded in full.