Arup to share insights at the 2019 World Engineers Convention

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
13 November 2019

Senior specialists from Arup will present research papers and case studies at the World Engineers Convention (WEC) in Melbourne next week. To be held in Australia for the first time, the convention will be attended by more than 1,300 people from 70 countries.

Our presenters will share expertise on topics ranging from energy and sustainable practices to natural disaster risk management and innovative digital design. 

The WEC is held every four years and attracts technical specialists, academics, chief engineers and industry leaders who share information and experiences and consider how to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. 

This year’s umbrella theme is ‘Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 years’ with sub-themes aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a framework, or lens, to look at everything we do and help us achieve better outcomes for our clients and society. Our industry is uniquely placed to meaningfully contribute to a sustainable a future, and we look forward to leading conversations at the Convention. ”

Kerryn Coker Kerryn Coker Australasia Region Board Member, Regional Sustainable Development Lead

Arup presentations will focus on how new technology and innovations are reshaping engineering; engineering for humanity: responsive design for greater liveability and engineering leadership, governance and influence. They include:

  • Australia’s first Quickcell Super Girders: Kaitlin Langdon and Aida Bartels (Brisbane, Australia)

  • Optus Stadium – the implementation of OpenBIM and Digital Design: Clayton Riddle (Melbourne, Australia)

  • 1555 paths to net-zero energy – genetic algorithms for energy optimisation: Jared Stock (New York, USA)

  • Beijing Water Cube gets smart. The adoption of a BIM + IoT + analytics digital platform transforms an iconic venue: Jacky Chan (Hong Kong)

  • Cruising to a sustainable future – sink or swim: Michael Hanbury (Brisbane, Australia)

  • The circular economy in the built environment: Joyanne Manning (Brisbane, Australia)

  • Melbourne 2050: Foresight for driving change: Anne Kovachevich (Brisbane, Australia)

  • Global lessons learned from green infrastructure requirements in city planning systems: Joan Ko (Melbourne, Australia)

  • Design using novel materials for sustainable heating and cooling: Adam Jaffe (London, UK)

  • Professionalising fire safety engineering - the Warren Centre Research on reform of fire safety regulation and practice: Peter Johnson (Melbourne, Australia)

The WEC is co-hosted by Engineers Australia and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and will run from 20-22 November.