program information

Date Time Event Venue
11th February, 2018 18:00 – 21:00 10AMC Welcome Cocktail Reception ABODE Bistro Bar
12th February, 2018 09:00 – 17:40 10AMC Conference Day 1 - Technical Sessions Blackwattle Rooms
18:30 – 22:30 10AMC Harbour Cruise Dinner Darling Harbour
13th February, 2018 08:40 – 17:30 10AMC Conference Day 2 - Technical Sessions Blackwattle Rooms
18:30 – 22:30 10AMC Conference Dinner Blackwattle Rooms
14th February, 2018 8:40 to 17:00 10AMC Conference Day 3 - Technical Sessions
/ Paving Workshop
Blackwattle Rooms

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Speakers and Abstracts

Day 1 – Monday 12th February 2018

Cathy Inglis

After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and a Master of Science from the University of Technology, Sydney Cathy joined Brickworks 22 years ago as the Technical and Mining Manager.

Cathy currently holds the position of General Manager Technical and Innovation and is responsible nationally for the research and development of new products, technical matters and leading innovation to improve energy efficiency of operations and to create sustainable building products.

Cathy is on the National Board of the Housing Industry Association and represents the industry on several Australian Standard Committees.

How to Build the Impossible in Brick

The UTS Business School has been called everything from a tree house, to a squashed brown paper bag, to a masterpiece, but the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney is now one of Australia’s iconic buildings. The façade curves and folds like soft fabric, but it is built in brick.

Brickwork at a complexity never seen before, creates a façade that appears to have movement as the horizontal courses of bricks corbel to articulate the building’s organic shape. An innovative engineering solution was necessary to restrain the brickwork as it progressively projects and recedes at up to 27 degrees from the vertical and to prevent the newly-laid brickwork from collapsing before the mortar had hardened.

This presentation will cover the design process, experimentation and trials to develop the custom-made bricks and wall ties necessary to achieve the intricacy of the curved walls and to lay the bricks in three planes.

Jeremy Edmiston

The principal at SYSTEMarchitects, Jeremy has been practising, teaching and researching architecture in New York City for 17 years. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he moved to the US when he won the Fulbright, Harkness and Byera Hadley scholarships all in the same year.

His practice is based in re-evaluating the relationship between the built and natural environments in all their permutations. He has won the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architect Award with Douglas Gauthier, a Lindbergh Fellowship, and received a Department of Energy’s Centre of Excellence Fellowship for his study into improving the environmental efficiency of high-rise buildings.

Edmiston holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating first in his class with three medals for design and academic work.

Currently, he teaches thesis students at City University of New York’s architecture department. He has also taught at Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, Parsons and Columbia University and has lectured at Yale, Columbia and Princeton, as well as the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany.

Tribeca Townhouse: Case study in Twisted Brick

Jeremy will take you on a journey as a Tribeca townhouse is transformed by the construction of a bold new design and cutting-edge building techniques. Pioneers in the field of construction design, SYSTEMarchitects use precise computer models to build with complex geometry while keeping projects affordable and eliminating waste.

The unique twisted red brick surface of the Tribeca façade isn’t accomplished by custom cuts, but by precise, innovative placement of each standard brick. Full size templates, made of foam, serve as a guide for tradespeople in the installation process. When all the brick is laid, the foam guide will be permanently embedded in the building, providing an extra layer of thermal insulation. But there is still room for a human touch, as individual bricklayers bring their own expertise and eye to the position and varying colour of each brick.

Sam Klopper
Klopper & Davis Architects

A director and partner in Klopper & Davis Architects, Sam is an award-winning architect with local and international experience within mixed use, residential and commercial developments.

Along with partner Matt Davis, Sam formed KADA in 2004 as a commercial design architectural practice focussing on elegant architectural solutions. Both Matt and Sam worked for a number of years for large commercial practices in Perth and in Canada. Their final years together at Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland led to the genesis of the partnership.

Sam considers the environment and orientation as a priority in each and every design. The success of his work is borne from the response to site conditions and protection from harsh environmental conditions and access to beneficial environmental conditions. Sam provides great attention to internal planning which makes for exceptionally efficient and practical spaces. Circulation spaces are minimised and internal living and function spaces are the focus of the design.

Sam has lead his business to grow over the years from the original partnership to an established practice of architects and interior designers. KADA currently has over $60M worth of projects from conceptualisation to delivery. These projects range from boutique apartments, simple walk-up developments to high-end residential houses and renovations.

Mid-century Modernist Influences on Contemporary Australian Design: New Masonry Breeze Walls & Flooring

The presentation will showcase breezewall construction and design usages, masonry floors, and ceilings, focusing on Klopper and Davis’ work and their influences.

The use of the masonry element, be it brickwork or blockwork, as a device to add texture, warmth and depth to a building’s fabric is enjoying a renaissance in modern Australian architecture. We see its use in both residential homes and in larger public and institutional buildings. This presentation will discuss the connection of the modern use of this material with its recent precedence in mid-century modernist buildings.

The work of Klopper and Davis architects will be discussed in its context with a discussion on the influence and background of one of the directors, Sam Klopper and a life of brick. From his father’s influence (also an architect and lover of brick), the development of the connection in his design of masonry element to the computer pixel and pixel art and discussing his future of masonry design in this context.

Day 2 – Tuesday 13th February 2018

Jason Ingham
University of Auckland

Dr Jason Ingham obtained his doctorate from the University of California San Diego in 1995, and is currently a Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland.

His research interests are primarily focused on the seismic behaviour of existing masonry and concrete buildings. He led the collection of data related to the performance of masonry buildings following the Canterbury earthquakes, with evidence subsequently presented at the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission. He has also undertaken post-earthquake building inspections in Sumatra (Indonesia) and in Nepal. In 2015, he was a member of a study tour to inspect URM building damage following the Napa (California) earthquake and in 2016 he was a member of the NZAid-funded team that provided technical training to Nepalese engineers on the seismic assessment and improvement of masonry and concrete buildings.

He is currently the president of the Structural Engineering Society of NZ (SESOC), a past president of the NZ Concrete Society (NZCS), a past member of the management committee of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE), and is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. He is also a member of the leadership team for QuakeCoRE, the New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for Earthquake Resilience.

Securing of Unreinforced Masonry Parapets & Facades - from Fundamental Research to National Policy

The study of unreinforced masonry buildings and their performance in earthquakes is a topic that has led to strong Australasian collaboration amongst masonry researchers over the last decade, that has resulted in significant advances in knowledge and empirical evidence, comprehensive capture of post-earthquake ‘perishable data’, the development of new numerical assessment and design procedures, and the training of a new generation of masonry researchers. These efforts have significantly influenced national policy and professional practice, particularly in New Zealand. A chronology of these events is reported.

Jake Ring
Concrete Masonry Association of Australia

Since working as a site engineer and graduating in 2015 with a combined degree of Civil Engineering and Supply Chain Management from the University of Wollongong, Jake has worked as a civil engineer with Think Brick Australia, the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) and the Roofing Tile Association of Australia (RTAA)

Starting with the associations in 2016, Jake has provided technical advice to practitioners and has been involved in many projects concerning the design and construction of masonry, pavements and roof tiles. These projects have included CMAA’s Design Pave software and research into reinforced masonry under compression which is being included into the new revision of AS 3700 ‘Masonry Structures'.

During this time, Jake has also managed the industry’s technical committees’ graduate program and has been involved in the development of multiple Australian Standards, including the role of drafting leader within the BD-004 committee for the 2017 revision of AS 3700 ‘Masonry Structures’.

Reinforced Masonry Under Compression

The current provisions in the Australian Masonry Design standard AS 3700 (2011) consider the compressive capacity of reinforced concrete masonry (RCM) walls to be the sum of the masonry shell, grout and reinforcement contribution, reduced then by a factor of safety.

However, the contribution provided by the reinforcement can only be used if the reinforcing bars are laterally restrained in both horizontal directions at a spacing less than or equal to the walls thickness, otherwise the walls capacity is calculated as if it were unreinforced.

Due to the practical difficulties of detailing the vertical steel in this manner, it is not practiced in the field which makes reinforced concrete masonry potentially uncompetitive for compression. 

The Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) commissioned the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to undertake extensive experimental testing on the response of reinforced concrete masonry walls to vertical compression loading from March to November 2016. 

The aim of the research was to observe the effect that laterally restraining the vertical steel has on the walls resulting capacity.

The research uncovered a number of issues with the current AS 3700 design method, all of which are extremely positive for the Australian masonry industry, and are the basis for the new reinforced masonry design provisions in AS 3700 (2018).

Day 3 – Wednesday 14th February 2018

Simon Beecham
University of South Australia

Simon is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon is interested in water sensitive urban design as well as climate change impacts on our water systems. In particular he believes we need to be more sustainable in the management of our water resources. He is currently serving his second three-year term as Chair of the IWA’s International Group on Urban Rainfall and is also an Editorial Board Member of the Wiley journal Global Challenges.

Developments in the Design of Concrete Segmental Pavements

In recent years there have been several significant developments in the design and installation of concrete segmental paving systems.  For example, there has been a move away from the traditional British Ports method for the design of industrial pavements and in its place a more sophisticated design technique has been developed based on Miner’s rule. A further improvement, in the area of permeable paving, has been the exclusion of a geofabric layer between the bedding and basecourse layers, which previously had been a common design feature.

It is now also possible to allow for climate change impacts on rainfall patterns so as to increase the design resilience of permeable paving systems. Some of these, and other recent refinements, have been included in new software programs such as DesignPave and PermPave.

This presentation reviews the most significant advancements in design and explains how recent software developments have led to improved industry practice in both the structural and hydraulic design of concrete segmental paving systems.

Jane Jose
Sydney Community Foundation
Author of “Places Women Make”

Jane Jose is CEO of Sydney Community Foundation, an independent not for profit community Foundation supporting people in greater Sydney assisting them to fulfil their life’s aspirations; Jane’s career has been an intersection of city making, writing, public policy, mentoring and decision-making on many arts, urban cultural and community boards.

In her early thirties Jane was an independent Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide. As Alderman Jane Rann she led a fierce public debate resulting in the conservation of heritage townscapes in the centre of Adelaide, protecting a colonial city settled in the 1830’s - now a cultural tourism mecca.

Since then, Jane has worked with communities, designers and Governments to shape complex engagement to influence and guide public policy and designs that will create public places that work well for everyone.

Her work in writing the Village Plans for the City of Sydney and as a key member of the team that delivered the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision for Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore led Jane to a deep engagement with Sydney’s community, the future of cities and a fascination with the kinds of places we make.

Places Women Make

“The city is now our living room.
Cities are the playrooms of our lives holding our past and promising our future…..
Cities are the place we spend time when we are not at work and not at home.”
Jane Jose, Places Women Make

“What I have learned in decades of working with, talking and listening to communities across Australia is that the best places in Australia’s cities are made with passion and love.”

Places Women Make reveals a little of the legacy of how women have shaped our cities and looks to a future where they will play a larger role in what happens to the streets where we live and the places we go.

Addressing the Australasian Masonry Conference Jane will speak about the importance of courage, common sense and community to the shaping of our cities as we recognize the city of the future is our living room. As the generation born in the 1980’s becomes our first apartment dwelling generation it will look to shared public places for its sense of belonging to a community. She will reflect on the importance of female sensibility in designing cities.

“Parks, libraries, cultural places, playgrounds, community gardens, music bowls, pools and bushland walks shaped by women have strengthened belonging in urban communities. Women as imaginative citizens, political leaders, catalysts, artists, activists, journalists, planners and designers, philanthropists and even chefs make our cities more humane, more exciting, fun and fairer.”

Places Women Make published by Wakefield Press was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects 2016 Bates Smart National Award for Architecture in the Media.

Jane Jose, author and urbanist is now CEO of Sydney Community Foundation and its Sydney Women’s Fund. She is interested in building stronger communities and how people live in cities and the contribution of women to making great places are made.

Bridget Smyth
City of Sydney

For more than two decades Bridget Smyth has pursued a career in urban design/architecture on major public domain and infrastructure projects in Australia and the USA.

Joining the City of Sydney in 2001, Bridget is the Design Director and manages a range of urban design, strategic and special projects, including the implementing the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision.

Prior to this role, she was Director Design (1996-2001) for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and led the Public Domain, architecture, landscape architecture and public art. From 1990-1996 she was Senior Urban Designer on the Central Artery Tunnel Project (the ‘Big Dig”), a major urban regeneration and transportation project (US$14.5 billion) in Boston, Massachusetts USA. Prior to this, Bridget worked in private practice in Melbourne.

Bridget holds a Master’s Degree in Design (Urban Design) from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and a Bachelor of Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne.

Bridget is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2014 AIA Marion Mahoney Griffin Award, the 2001 NSW Max Kelly Government Architecture Award (Venice Fellowship) and the 1999 National Women in Construction Lend Lease Women Development and the 2000 Innovation Award. She was the Vice Chair of Object Gallery - Australia’s Centre for Design and Craft (2004-2010) and is an ambassador for the Australian Institute of Architecture Venice Biennale. Bridget is also a board member of the National Institute of Experimental Arts, UNSW and Deans’ Advisory Board, UNSW.

Anthony Davis
Davis Naismith & McGovern Pty Ltd

Anthony (Tony) Davis is Managing Director of Davis Naismith & McGovern Pty Ltd Consulting Structural and Civil Engineers and has over 40 years’ experience in structural and civil engineering associated with industrial and commercial developments throughout Australia and internationally.

Tony has been engaged on a number of investigations over the past 20 years into heavy-duty pavement failures in Australia.

A case for Development of a Design Guide for Heavily-Loaded Concrete Block Container Pavements

The design and construction of heavily-loaded pavements, as required for port, intermodal and industrial storage facilities is not well supported by design guidelines or standards in Australia or internationally. The lack of concise and updated design guidelines for these types of pavements exposes design engineers to circumstances whereby there is much reliance on engineering judgement and experience.

Port and industrial pavements are generally subject to much heavier loads and to different distribution of loads than highway pavements or even airport pavements. In the case of concrete pavements, the current Australian guideline T48, published by CCAA, does not provide for the higher level of loading required for such pavements. Accordingly, engineers are left to resort to airport pavement design guidelines dating back some 40 years in development. In the case of concrete block pavements T48 makes direct reference to LOCKPAVE V17.1 but also to other documents including the design guide generally known or referred to as the British Ports method, first published in 1984 and last updated in 2007. Both LOCKPAVE and British Ports include for the relevant and specific loading requirements; however, there are significant differences between the pavement design solutions available from LOCKPAVE and those from British Ports.

This presentation provides background to the variations in pavement design and performance observed by the author over the past 20 years and which demonstrate the need for the development of a unified design guide for heavily – loaded container pavements whether constructed using concrete, concrete block or asphalt.

Jet Foley
Adbri Masonry

Jet Foley is a Civil Engineer for Adbri Masonry, with 9 years’ experience in the Masonry industry, with prolonged and detailed design and construction experience on industrial, commercial and Defence Force Paving Hardstand projects.

As well as being a committee member for the recent Engineers Australia revision of AS 3727.1:2016 | Pavements Residential, Jet has presented on Concrete Block Paving at IPWEA forums around Australia, and has run several CPD presentations for engineering firms.

A Case Study on Industrial Concrete Block Paving in North Queensland

Jet will be presenting on a Defence Force Project being installed in Townsville QLD. Close to 90,000m2 of Concrete Block Pavement is nearing completion on this Army Barracks upgrade as Part of the national Land 121 initiative.

With several design constraints and budgeting considerations, Concrete Block Paving became the obvious choice for this project and the perfect fit to the needs of the client. Jet will discuss how these needs were met, and the stringent quality and safety requirements of large scale Defence projects.

Michael Koungras
Austral Masonry

Michael obtained a Bachelor of Civil engineering degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and currently sits on the CMAA Technical committee.

Having a great passion for building materials, Michael was offered a cadetship by Adelaide Brighton’s Concrete and Aggregate division. During the cadetship he travelled to numerous locations across Australia gaining experience in various roles. He was then offered his current role at the Brickworks’ Masonry division as Engineering Manager for Austral Masonry.

Michael’s experience has led him to oversee major retaining wall and paving projects within the Austral Masonry business. The Leppington Bus Depot was designed for Interline Bus Services and is the most recent project that Michael has been involved in. He oversaw the interlocking and permeable paving from the initial design phase up until the project’s completion.

Michael prides himself on using different combinations of materials and products available to achieve an outcome. His philosophy has always been “there is more than one solution to a problem. When you identify and analyse all possible solutions, you can then make an informed decision based on the client’s requirements and expectations”.

Industrial CBO Hardstand Case Study: Bus Depot at Leppington NSW

Michael will present a case study that used interlocking concrete block paving (ICBP) in lieu of concrete as a commercial hardstand. The project also features permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) for onsite water detention and re-use. Michael will discuss the use of recyclable material as a structural base, the use of geotextile in pavements, and the overall benefits of pavers versus concrete.