Local Organising Committee

  • Nigel Powers Chair

    Nigel is currently the Manager Operations - South Western Victoria for VicRoads and leads the maintenance, management and improvement of the road network in this part of the state. He has over 15 years experience with bridges and structures and has fulfilled various roles including the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of bridges and other road structures.

    Nigel has a passion for bridges which has led to roles on the Austroads Bridge Task Force and the Standards Australia Committee reviewing AS5100 - Australian Bridge Design Code. He also has a passion for working with academia to further research in the industry which has led partnering with various Universities to undertake research on bridge maintenance, management and rehabilitation. In 2014 Nigel formed the Australian branch of IABMAS and is the founding President.


  • Dr Geoff Taplin Chair

    Dr Geoff Taplin retired in 2013 from his role as a Technical Director for Bridges and Structures with AECOM in Melbourne. He continues in that role on a part time basis, and also lectures part time at Swinburne University. Prior to joining AECOM, Geoff was a Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Geoff’s awards and current affiliations include:

    • 2014 John Connell Gold Medal by Engineers Australia
    • Engineers Australia Structural College National Eminent Speaker in 2004
    • Chapman Medal for a paper in the Engineers Australia Structural Journal 2005
    • Member of Engineers Australia Structural College Board
    • Member and past Chair of the Victorian Structural Engineering Branch
    • Member and National Delegate to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (Past Chairman of the International Editorial Committee)
    • Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)
    • Member and Drafting Leader for the Australian Bridge Code (Parts 1, 2 and 7)

    Geoff has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers in publications such as the American Concrete Institute Structural Journal, the Magazine of Concrete Research, the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, and the Australian Journal of Civil Engineering.


  • Andy Ng

    Andy is currently Acting Manager - Bridge Assessment in the Structures Area of VicRoads. Since graduating The University of Melbourne back in 2005, Andy has spent most of his time in VicRoads- Technical Services- Structures Group with experience in design, inspection, technical advice and bridge assessment. More recently he has lead the Bridge Assessment team through substantial change, with the creation of a speedier assessment system for Access decisions and working with the rest of VicRoads in updating and creating more Maps and tools to enable access in a responsible manner. Andy will be the Victorian representative on the AUSTROADS Bridge Task Force for the next 12 months.


  • Dr Colin Caprani

    Dr Colin Caprani is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng MIEAust) and Chartered Structural Engineer (CEng MIEI, MIStructE) with considerable industrial and academic experience. He has worked as a design structural engineer on a wide range of projects, including integral bridges, new-concept bridge beam development, large-scale commercial mixed-use developments, and renovation and refurbishment of listed structures. His research specializations involve highway bridge traffic loading for short- and long-span bridges; vibration serviceability of footbridges; structural reliability and statistics of extremes; and Intelligent Transportation System - infrastructure interaction. He has lectured on numerous courses in three universities.


  • David Huggett

    David Huggett is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng MIEAust) and Chartered Structural Engineer (MIStructE) with a range of local and international experience in the inspection, assessment and design of bridges and other transport structures. He has extensive experience designing and providing on-site technical advice of remedial works for damaged structures, including bridges and tunnels. David is currently an area bridge design lead for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.


  • Donna Maloney

    Donna is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), who graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting (with Distinction) from RMIT. She has worked as a Business Analyst, Corporate Accountant and Business Manager within several different VicRoads' business areas over 18 years. She has also had experience as a Management Accountant and Taxation Consultant in the private sector. At VicRoads, she is currently a Finance and Business Specialist, providing a wide range of financial management, analysis and compliance services to regional and major project business areas across the north west metropolitan area of Victoria.


  • Hessam Mohseni

    Hessam is a Lead Research Fellow at RMIT University. He finished his Ph.D in Civil Engineering at RMIT and graduated with Master of Engineering (Structures) from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a Professional Engineer in Strategic Asset Management and Advanced Materials at AECOM and also as an Analyst at Port of Melbourne Corporation’s Asset Strategy team. He has years of experience in research as well as engineering construction, consultancy and design. His current work and research interests are infrastructure management, risk and disaster resilience of bridges. He is a member of Engineers Australia.


  • Javier Silla-Sanchez

    Javier is a structural engineer with specialist expertise in the strengthening and maintenance of bridges. He has significant experience in bridge construction projects globally, having worked in Scotland, Turkey, England and Australia in both client and contractor roles. Javier is a team leader and operational manager, whose strength lies in the delivery of challenging engineering works. Javier also has a proven record resolving on-site technical issues (bolting/welding/constructability), quality assurance and controls, as well as traditional project and contract management.


  • Lisa Hauth


  • Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi

    Dr Riadh Al-Mahaidi is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology. He also holds the position Academic Vice President (Research Engagement). Prior to joining Swinburne in January 2010, he was the Head of the Structures Group at Monash University. Over the past 20 years, he focused his research and practice on life time integrity of bridges, particularly in the area of structural strength assessment and retrofitting using advanced composite materials. He currently leads a number of research projects on strengthening of bridges using fibre reinforced polymers combined cement-based bonding agents, fatigue life improvement of metallic structures using advanced composite systems and shape memory alloys. He recently started some projects on hybrid testing of structures. He received a BSc (Hon 1) degree in civil engineering from the University of Baghdad and MSc and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University in the United States. To date, Riadh published 152 journal and 216 conference papers. He was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Internationalization Award, the RW Chapman Medals in 2005 and 2010 for best journal publication in Engineers Australia Structural Journal, best paper awards at ACUN-4 (2002) and ACUN-6 (2012) Composites conferences.

    Professor Al-Mahaidi is the Chair of the International Scientific Committee of IABMAS 2018, Melbourne, Australia.


  • Scott Taylor

    Scott is an experienced Design Manager and Bridge Engineer, and leads SMEC’s Melbourne Bridge Team. He has undertaken bridge design related tasks and Project Management in both the private and government sector. A career highlight for Scott was his involvement on the West Gate Bridge Strengthening Project in Melbourne, where he was specifically involved in the strengthening design of the cable stay, steel box girder bridge. Scott also has a strong research background, having obtained a PhD in 2004 in the area of structural dynamics and computational methodologies. He has written and presented numerous technical papers at both national and international conferences in the areas of structural dynamics, and strengthening and maintenance strategies.


  • Sujeeva Setunge

    Sujeeva Setunge is the Professor and head of Civil Engineering discipline at RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT University in 2001, she has been a lecturer and Senior lecturer at Monash University. Her current research interests include disaster resilience of structures, deterioration modelling of infrastructure, structural engineering, concrete technology and innovative construction materials. She is a fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered professional Engineer.


  • Xiao-Ling Zhao

    Prof Zhao obtained his BE and ME from Shanghai JiaoTong University, China, both his PhD and Doctor of Engineering from The University of Sydney, while his MBA (Executive) was jointly awarded by The University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. Prof. Zhao has received prestigious fellowships from The Royal Academy of Engineering UK, Swiss National Science Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Chang Jiang Scholar program and Chinese “1000-talent” program. He was awarded the Thomas Medal in 2013 from the International Institute of Welding. Prof. Zhao chaired the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) working group on FRP Strengthened Metallic Structures from 2005 to 2013. He is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Advisory Committee for IIFC. To date, he received 22 Australian Research Council Grants and published 270 journal papers. Prof. Zhao was the Head of Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University from 2008 to 2011. He served as a member on the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) Research Evaluation Committee for Engineering and Environmental Sciences Cluster in 2015.


  • Ricky Chan

    Ricky is a senior lecturer in School of Engineering, RMIT University. He received his PhD degree from University of Queensland in 2008 in the area of passive vibration control of structures. His current research interests include earthquake engineering, smart structures and reliability of infrastructures. He is also a three times winner of Student Choice Teaching Award. Prior to his academic career, he was a Chartered Structural Engineer (MIStructE) with a range of experience in design, construction and inspections of high-rise buildings and bridges.


  • Javad Hashemi

    Javad's field of research involves development of knowledge and innovative tools for simulation of structural behaviour under extreme loads; particularly, hybrid simulation technique, where the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of computer simulations are combined with the realism of experimental testing. Javad's research experiences over the past years have enabled him to make considerable contributions in the advancement of large-scale hybrid simulation and the development of hybrid testing facilities in the U.S. and Australia.


  • Robin Kalfat

  • Key Dates
  • Call for Abstracts Closed
  • Registration Open September 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance of Abstract 15 September 2017
  • Full Paper Submission open 15 September 2017
  • Full Paper Final Submission Deadline 1 November 2017
  • Notification of Full Paper acceptance 22 November 2017
  • Final Paper Submission12 January 2018
  • Early bird Registration closes 2 March 2018
  • Conference 9-13 July 2018

IABMAS 2018 Hosted by

Vic Roads

Mondash University

Swinburne University

RMIT University

Expression of Interest.