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.

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.

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.

Professor Campbell Middleton

campbell-middleton-photo_smallCampbell Middleton is the Laing O’Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering at Cambridge University. Prior to Cambridge he worked for nearly 10 years in professional practice in infrastructure construction and design in Australia and with Arup in London. He has been Chairman of the UK Bridge Owners Forum since 2000 and acts as a consultant specialising in bridge engineering, strategic policy developments in infrastructure and smart technologies. He is a member of the High Speed 2 Independent Design Panel and has served on several advisory panels for Infrastructure UK, part of the UK Treasury, and the UK Highways Agency as well as advising the National Transport Commission in Australia. Academic awards include the Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers twice (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 and the Transport Research Foundation. His research interests cover smart sensors and structural health monitoring, advanced failure and risk analysis, asset management, non-destructive testing, additive manufacturing, applications of computer vision to civil engineering and new materials. He is Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre and one of the executive team managing the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, which has been awarded over £15M in funding by the EPSRC and Innovate UK. He is also a co-investigator of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure & the Built Environment and the new National Infrastructure Research Facility in Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS) which was awarded £36M by government and the University as part of the UK government’s £138 investment in university research in infrastructure and cities (UKCRIC). He was Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Future Infrastructure Forum Network and a Visiting Researcher on a Canadian NSERC Strategic Grant entitled “Protecting Canada’s Concrete Bridges”.

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.


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7-11 October 2018