The International Federation for Structural Concrete 5th International fib Congress

7 - 11 October 2018



Dr Andy Davids


In his role as Design Director – Tall Buildings at Aurecon, Andy works closely with clients, creating holistic design and engineering that incorporates new developments in material sciences and construction methods to produce optimal tall building solutions. He is one of only a handful of internationally renowned experts who designs super tall buildings. He held complete design responsibility for the Burj Khalifa, which is currently the tallest building in the world, as well as that of 838 m J220 Sky City, which will be the tallest building in China.

Other completed projects for which he was responsible include the 355 m tall Emirates Towers in Dubai, the 80 level Sun Sky Towers in Abu Dhabi, and the recently completed 40 stories Central Bank of Kuwait. Projects currently under construction include the 80 level CMA HQ Tower in Riyadh, the 80 level D1 Project on Dubai Creek, and The Metropol in Istanbul that will be the tallest building in Europe when completed.

Keynote presentation title: “The Art and Science of Designing and Building the Tallest Buildings in the World”.

Professor Frank Dehn

frank-dehn-photo_smallLeipzig University, Institute for Mineralogy, Crystallography and Material Sciences Leipzig Institute for Materials Research and Testing.

Dr. Frank Dehn is Full Professor for Multifunctional Construction Materials at the Institute for Mineralogy, Crystallography and Material Science at Leipzig University and head of the Institute for Materials Research and Testing (MFPA) Leipzig, Germany. He is a member of the presidium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) and chair of fib Commission 4 on Concrete and Concrete Technology. Additionally, he is member of several national (DIN) and international standardization bodies (CEN) as well as expert committees. His main research topics are related to constitutive laws for concrete durability and mechanical concrete properties.

Keynote presentation title: “New Insights into the Durability Properties of Geopolymer Concretes”.

Professor Koichi Maekawa

koichi-maekawa-photo_smallProf Koichi Maekawa is a Distinguished Professor in School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo, Japan. He is a member of fib, and serves as a Chairman of Concrete Committee and a former Vice President of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). He has been studying on nonlinear mechanics and multi-scale modeling of structural concrete and developing the life-assessment of concrete based infrastructures. Currently, he is working as a project Representative of Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Program (SIP) of The Cabinet Office on Infrastructure management.

Keynote presentation title: “Hygro-Mechanics Based Design and Performance Assessment of Structural Concrete”.

Professor Campbell Middleton

campbell-middleton-photo_smallCampbell Middleton is the Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering & Technology in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University. Prior to Cambridge, he worked for 8 years in professional practice in infrastructure design and construction in Australia and with Arup in London. He is Chairman of the UK Bridge Owners Forum, a member of the Design Panel for High Speed 2, and has acted as an advisor or consultant to a number of organisations including Infrastructure UK, the Highways Agency (now Highways England), Ministry of Transportation, Ontario and the National Transport Commission in Australia. He has received a number of academic awards including the Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1999 & 2014, and the Telford Premium Award (1999) and Telford Gold Medal (2010) from the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Engineers, Australia and the Transport Research Foundation. His research interests include advanced plastic analysis, risk & asset management, non-destructive testing, off-site manufacturing, modular and additive manufacturing, applications of computer vision & smart sensor applications for structural health monitoring. He is a member of the executive team responsible for overseeing the EPSRC/Innovate UK funded Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and co-author of a recent book titled Bridge Monitoring – A Practical Guide.

Keynote presentation title: “In quest of the holy grails of construction”

Professor Michael Thomas

michael-thomas-photo_smallProfessor and Department Chair, Department of Civil Engineering,
University of New Brunswick, Canada

Michael Thomas is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and a registered Professional Engineer in the province of New Brunswick. He has been working in the field of cement and concrete research since 1983. Prior to joining UNB in 2002 he had been on faculty at the University of Toronto since 1994 and previous to this he worked as concrete materials engineer with Ontario Hydro in Canada and as a research fellow with the Building Research Establishment in the UK.

Keynote presentation title: “Alkali Silica Reaction – 80 Years On”.


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7-11 October 2018