Seismic Design for Non-Structural Elements

Start time: 5.00pm AEDT. Join industry experts for an informed presentation on seismic design from a construction, structural design and services design view.
Seismic Design for Non-Structural Elements

During an earthquake, the performance of non-structural building elements, including; walls, piping, ducts, fans, switchboards, generators, vessels tanks etc., may significantly impact the level of risk posed to building occupants, both directly and indirectly.

In addition to potentially causing injury through collapse, poorly or unrestrained non-structural elements can rupture pipework (which may lead to failure of a fire sprinkler system), short electrical equipment (which may start a fire) and block exit paths. The collapse of non-structural elements may also compromise the structural elements of a building, rendering the building un-occupiable and resulting in significant repair costs and lost productivity.

Section 8 of AS 1170.4 requires that non-structural parts, components, and their fastenings must be designed for horizontal and vertical earthquake forces and shall accommodate the design movements from inter-storey drift.

Only a registered Structural Engineer can develop the load and drift information required to undertake an assessment of the building components. In this event, our industry experts will have a brief presentation on this subject from the construction, structural design and services design view.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion.


About the Speakers

Matt Irwin MIEAust | Engineering Design Manager, Multiplex

Matt, as Engineering Design Manager for Multiplex, is involved in the management of a building's overall structural system design. With extensive experience in the efficient design and construction of high-rise buildings, Matt has recently worked on Queens Wharf, 300 George St Brisbane, Jewel on the Gold Coast, Beach Hotel Broadbeach, 1 William Street, Rhapsody and Newstead Towers. His experience in the delivery of multi-disciplinary projects lead to sound leadership skills and, combined with solid technical knowledge, provide a rounded approach crucial to the success of large and complex engineering projects.


Abdullah Habash MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) | Associate Structural Engineer, Aurecon

Abdullah has extensive experience in buildings dynamic behaviour and their response to wind and seismic events. He brings an innovative mindset and a collaborative approach to all his projects and has led international design teams to successfully deliver major projects in Australia and overseas. Abdullah’s strengths in both design and design management have created a skillset that naturally pulls together constraints, limits and aspirations to create a successful design outcome for architects and clients alike.


Stephen Burton FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) | Director, Ferm Engineering

Beginning his engineering experience in the mechanical discipline, Steve transitioned into the specialist field of fire engineering after working on a major project with Brisbane International Airport. This passion and drive was the catalyst for him to start up his own engineering consultancy firm – Ferm Engineering. Since its inception in 1988, Steve has been providing fire and building services, offering a combination of innovative design research and code development.

Stephen is the National Deputy Chair of Engineers Australia’s Society of Fire Safety (SFS) and Queensland SFS Secretary. He also assists Engineering Australia by active participation with the QBCC Queensland Fire Protection Licensing Group and the Passive Fire Committee, which develops industry reforms and Standards.


Award Presentation

The winner of the 2019 R W Chapman Medal will be announced during the presentation.

The medal was first awarded in 1935 and perpetuates the memory of Sir Robert Chapman, a former Professor of Engineering at the University of Adelaide and a member of the inaugural Council of the Institution. He was Chairman of the former Adelaide Division in 1920 and was President of the Institution in 1922.

The R W Chapman Medal is awarded for the paper published in an Australian Journal (with special consideration to the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering) satisfying the criteria in the previous calendar year. A learned paper submitted must meet the following criteria;

  • Make a genuine attempt to share data.
  • Represent a realistic approach to the subject i.e. practically appropriate techniques.
  • Have at its core an important or neglected issue that could have wide application.
  • Be a sound technical development.
26 / 11 / 2020 - 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Registration Closes
26 / 11 / 2020 05:00 pm
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  • Student: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Matt Irwin MIEAust, Abdullah Habash MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), Stephen Burton FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
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