About CONFAB 2019

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 PFP Specialists UK
Florian Block BuroHappold Engineering Germany
Susan Lamont ARUP United Arab Emirates
Kees Both Etex Group UK
Neal Blennerhassett IKM Consulting UK
Danny Hopkin OFR Consultants UK
Holly Warren AkzoNobel UK
Jiayu Hu Mott MacDonald UK

International Advisory Committee

Zhaohui Huang Brunel University London UK
Hong Hao Curtin University Australia
Dmitri Val Heriot-Watt University UK
Wan-Ki Chow Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Guillermo Rein Imperial College London UK
Umesh Kumar Sharma Indian Institute of Technology India
Suwen Chen Tongji University China
Lin-Hai Han Tsinghua University China
Luke Bisby University of Edinburgh UK
Norbert Gebbeken Munich Bundeswehr University Germany
Masuhiro Beppu National Defense Academy Japan
Daniel Ambrosini National University of Cuyo Argentina
Mark Stewart Newcastle University Australia
Suwen Chen Tonji University China
Jose Torero University of Maryland USA
Naian Liu University of Science and Technology China
Andrew Tyas University of Sheffield UK
Guo-Qiang Li Tongji University China
Ganesh Thiagarajan University of Missouri Kansas City USA
Eric C Williamson University of Texas Austin USA
Panos Kotsovinos Arup UK
Ben Zhang Glasgow Caledonian University UK

Keynote Speakers

Prof Jose Torero University College London UK
Prof Mark G Stewart The University of Newcastle Australia
Prof Ganesh Thiagarajan University of Missouri Kansas City USA

Key Deadlines

Deadline for abstracts May 25, 2019
Notification of Acceptance June 10, 2019
Submission of full papers Aug. 2, 2019
Registration Closes Aug. 15, 2019

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