About CONFAB 2017

The infrastructure of human civilisation is perennially under threat from natural and man-made hazards, of which fire and blast are among the most destructive and frequent. These hazards are often also interdependent, where one may lead to the other, particularly in industrial environments. It is the aim of this conference to provide an international forum to regularly bring together leading researchers in these fields along with leading practitioners in order to meet the following main objectives:

• Disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and practice for dealing with both of these hazards either individually or collectively

• Provide a forum where students, researchers and practitioners in these fields may interact, network and learn from each other and promote best practice

• Researchers are afforded the opportunity of obtaining useful feedback on their research from their peers as well as from a strong contingent of leading practitioners in the field. Likewise industry participants will get the chance to inform researchers with the issues of greatest concern to them

• Over the long term it is expected that this conference will contribute in leading to a safer and more resilient built environment as well as enhanced safety in industrial environments, both on and off-shore.

Conference Themes

Characterisation of fire, blast and impact loading on structures
Behaviour of structural materials at high temperatures and highstrain rates, including performance of protective materials
Mechanics of material and structural damage, including the analysis of failure and collapse mechanisms 
Modelling and simulation, including coupled modelling methods
Design of structures for improved resilience
Strengthening, retrofit and repair 
Risk and uncertainty modelling as well as performance based engineering
Safety of high risk facilities such as nuclear power plants 
Applications of sensing, AI and big data in infrastructure safety
Examples of high-end design case studies in various industry sectors, both on and offshore
Material Behaviour of Timber Structures under Fire & Blast Loading
Design of Bridges for Fire & Blast Resistance (Including Cables & Other Appendages)
Effects of Fire & Blast on Steel Connections
Effects of Fire & Blast on Facades & Glass Assemblies
Competing Constraints in the Design Process
Multi-Hazard Assessment & Design


Organising Committee

Asif S Usmani
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong
Yong Lu
The University of Edinburgh
Purnendu Das
Katherine Cashell
Brunel University London

Industrial Advisory Board

Allan Jowsey AkzoNobel UK
Florian Block BuroHappold Engineering Germany
Susan Lamont ARUP United Arab Emirates
Kees Both Promat Belgium
Richard Haigh IKM Consulting UK
Holly Smith AECOM UK

International Advisory Committee

Serdar Selamet Bogazici University Turkey
Zhaohui Huang Brunel University London UK
John Gales Carleton University Canada
Feng Fu City University London UK
Richard Yuen City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Hong Hao Curtin University Australia
Dmitri Val Heriot-Watt University UK
Wan-Ki Chow Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Ahmed Elghazouli Imperial College London UK
Guillermo Rein Imperial College London UK
CS Manohar Indian Institute of Science India
Umesh Kumar Sharma Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India
Yoshimi Sonoda Kyushu University Japan
Stephen Pessiki Lehigh University USA
Peter Schaumann Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover Germany
Patrick van Hees Lund University Sweden
Ghani Razaqpur McMaster University Canada
Norbert Gebbeken Munich Bundeswehr University Germany
Masuhiro Beppu National Defense Academy Japan
Kuldeep Prasad National Institute of Standards and Technology USA
Kang Hai Tan National Technical University Singapore
Daniel Ambrosini National University of Cuyo Argentine
Mark Stewart Newcastle University ~Australia
Danny Hopkin Olsson Fire & Risk UK

International Advisory Committee cont.

Patrick Bamonte Politecnico di Milano Italy
Mark Green Queen's University Canada
David Lange SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden Oman
Guoxing Lu Swinburne University of Technology Australia
Ben Young The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Zhongxian Li Tianjin University & Tianjin Chengjian University China
Suwen Chen Tongji University China
Guo-Qiang Li Tongji University China
Lin-Hai Han Tsinghua University China
Ali Nadjai Ulster University UK
Faris Ali Ulster University UK
Charles Clifton University of Auckland New Zealand
Paulo Vila Real University of Aveiro Portugal
Anthony Abu University of Canterbury New Zealand
Luke Bisby University of Edinburgh UK
Tong Wang University of Manchester UK
Yong Wang University of Manchester UK
Martin Gillie University of Manchester UK
Ann Jeffers University of Michigan USA
Ganesh Thiagarajan University of Missouri Kansas City USA
Emidio Nigro University of Naples Federico II Italy
Jose Torrero Cullen University of Queensland Australia
Franco Bontempi University of Rome La Sapienza Italy
Naian Liu University of Science and Technology China
Ian Burgess University of Sheffield USA
Andrew Tyas University of Sheffield UK
Eric Williamson University of Texas USA

ICE Journal on Fire and Blast

Professor Asif Usmani is editing a special issue of Engineering and Computational Mechanics (Institute of Civil Engineers Journal) on Fire and Blast. Extended versions of selected papers submitted to CONFAB 2017 will be published in this special issue following satisfactory peer review.


For CONFAB 2017 there are a number of rooms pre-booked on campus at the Lancaster Hotel and Spa. We are able to offer 50 spaces in total on a first come first serve basis. This is made up of 15 double bedrooms and 20 single bedrooms. if you would be interested in reserving one of these please get in touch and let us know.

Other recommended nearby hotels:

•  Premier Inn London Uxbridge Hotel - Phase 500, Riverside Way, Uxbridge UB8 2YF

On the edges of West London, Premier Inn London Uxbridge is a smart place to stay if you're flying in and out of Heathrow, visiting friends and family at Brunel University or want easy access to more central parts of the city. Uxbridge Tube station and the London Orbital are both within easy reach so getting in, out and about the area is a doddle. Our Uxbridge hotel has an on-site Beefeater restaurant and new-generation bedrooms each featuring an impressive 40" flat screen TV, bright, modern bathroom with a large shower head, and extra-comfy Hypnos bed.

•  Travelodge London Uxbridge Hotel - Colham House, Bakers Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1RG

Our London Uxbridge hotel is located practically next door to the bus depot and tube station. And if you're looking for shopping, the Pavillions Shopping Centre and intu Uxbridge are a hop, skip and a jump away. All rooms feature a comfy king size bed with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Our on-site restaurant and bar serves breakfast and tasty evening meals

Key Deadlines

Deadline for abstracts March 1, 2017
Notification of Acceptance April 1, 2017
Submission of full papers June 6, 2017
Registration Closes July 29, 2017

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