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Keynote Speakers

Keyote Speaker I

Prof. George C. Manos, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Repair of Existing Reinforced Concrete Structural Elements Damaged by Earthquakes Utilizing Fiber
Reinforced Plastics

George Manos got his Diploma in Civil Engineering at Aristotle University, Greece and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, at the University of Durham, England. He has served as visiting research fellow / professor at Imperial College, University of London, University of Bristol (England), University of California Berkeley (USA), Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo (Japan). He specializes in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, with emphasis on experimental methods as well as numerical simulations of structural problems, with field of application building structures, industrial facilities, bridges, structures of cultural heritage and earthquake retrofitting.

He has professional experience for over 30 years as a consultant engineer for projects related to the earthquake resistant design and the strengthening of structures damaged by earthquakes, and he was responsible for numerous applied research programs related to earthquake resistant structures. He is the author of over 100 technical papers and he served as a reviewer to national and international journals. He served as a member in national and international committees related to the formation of specific design guidelines for earthquake resistant structures. He served as special advisor to the Ministry of Public Works of Greece during the post-earthquake effort of damaging seismic events and he participated in world-wide post-earthquake reconnaissance teams during the past 30 years. He has been the Reporter on the topic “Architectural Heritage in Seismic Areas” International Congress “More than 2000 years in the history of Architecture”, Paris 2001, ICOMOS-UNESCO

He has served (2006-2009) as a member of the Central National Council of Cultural Heritage Structures of the Greek Ministry of Culture and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Organization for Anti-seismic Planning and Protection participating in various Scientific Committees under the auspices of this Organization (1993-2010). He also served (2006-2010) as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Thessaloniki-Greece

He currently serves as a faculty member of the specialized postgraduate course “Earthquake Design of Engineering Structures”, Dept. Civil Engineering, Aristotle University as well as faculty member of the specialized postgraduate course “Protection, Maintenance and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Structures”, School of Technology, Aristotle University and is the Director of the Laboratory of Strength of Materials and Structures, of Aristotle University.

He has served as member of the Scientific Committees and Session chairman in numerous International or National conferences on the subject of earthquake engineering, liquid storage tanks, masonry structures and cultural heritage structures and he has also served as a reviewer of scientific journals that include: Masonry International, Numerical Modeling, Structural Studies Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, ASCE (Structural Division), Int. Journal Earthquake Eng. And Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Spectra.

Keyote Speaker II

Prof. Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University School of Architecture, USA

Dr. Kyoungsun Moon is Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Moon was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a B.S. in architecture from Seoul National University, an M.Arch. and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his doctoral dissertation titled “Dynamic Interrelationship between Technology and Architecture in Tall buildings.” Dr. Moon worked as an architect at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, one of the primer tall building design firms, and the Republic of Korea Navy.  

Dr. Moon’s primary research area is integration between the art and science/technology of architecture, with a focus on tall buildings. His enduring interest lies in viewing architecture from a synthetic perspective that includes rigorous technology research and a deep interest in design. Dr. Moon’s research projects include “Sustainable Structural Design of Tall Buildings” sponsored by the Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design and “Structural Systems for Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings” supported by Korea Institute of Construction and Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning.   

Dr. Moon’s research articles on tall buildings have appeared in scholarly journals such as The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Engineering Structures, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Science Review and International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development. Dr. Moon has also presented many research papers on tall buildings in relevant international conferences including the 8th CTBUH World Congress in Dubai and CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul. He is the guest editor of the special issue on Tall Buildings of the journal Buildings. 
Dr. Moon is a licensed architect in the U.S., and a member of the CTBUH and ASCE Committee on Tall Buildings in which he is the co-chair of the subcommittee on the state of the art technologies for tall buildings. As a teacher, Dr. Moon taught tall building design studios at the School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for three years. Since he joined the Yale faculty in 2008, he has taught a tall building design seminar course titled “Structures and Façades for Tall Buildings.”

Keyote Speaker III

Prof. C. W. Lim, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Lim obtained a B.Eng. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a M.Eng. (1992) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong from December 1997. In February 2000, he joined Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor and later promoted as an Associate Professor in February 2003. He is also a Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) since March 2006.

Dr. Lim is a fellow of International Biography Association, Cambridge, England since 2000. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Acoustical Society if America (ASA) and Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. he is also a member of The Hong Kong Institution of Mechanical Engineers (HKIE) and a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE). He has been listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Among the awards Dr. Lim has obtained are Best Academic Performance Medal in Mechanical Engineering (Aero) in 1989, University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-97), University of Hong Kong Research Fellowship (1998-2000).

Dr. Lim has published a book on Symplectic Elasticity, more than 130 refereed technical papers and more than 60 international conference papers. His publications have attracted more than 850 independent citations in refereed international journals, numerous technical notes, international conferences papers and research theses since 1993. He is the Associate Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Advances in Vibration Engineering, and on the editorial board of three other international journals, as well as in the International Advisory Committee of numerous other international conferences. He has attracted more than 20 research grants as Principal Investigator and others as Associate Investigator since 1995. He also acts as a reviewer for books published by John Wiley & Sons, Kluwer Academic Publishers and for technical papers of more than 40 prestigious international journals.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Chien-Yuan Chen, National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Batter Pile Behavior Modeling under Lateral Soil Movement

Abstract: Pile foundation is used frequently when structures are located in weak sub-layers or may suffer from lateral loadings such as earthquake. Design of pile foundations has become more important to stop slope movement in recent years. To understand the behavior of pile foundations subjected to lateral soil movement, this study uses the finite difference program FLAC3D for the numerical analysis. Numerical simulation can reduce the costs of field testing. Vertical piles and batter piles are combined into a 3×3 group pile and are used to analyze the response of batter piles subjected to soil movement. The results of the analysis showed that when the group pile subjected to lateral soil movement, the battered piles lead to an increase of bending moment in the middle row of vertical piles. The increasing in the pile spacing and the existence of battered piles reduce the group pile’s displacement. The batter group pile’s maximum bending moment is smaller in sandy soil but 5-8 times higher than that of the vertical group pile in clayey soil.

Key word: Batter pile, Numerical analysis, Soil movement

Bio:Chien-Yuan Chen was born on Oct. 27, 1969, in Changhua City, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2001. He received his M.Sc. in Department of Civil Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 1995. He was an associate research fellow (2001-2006) at Slopeland Disaster Reduction Division, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Sindian District, in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University. He is currently as a professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University, Chiayi City, Taiwan. His research is focused on the following: disaster prevention management and system, disaster prevention education, debris flow and landslide hazards prevention and mitigation, Geotechincal engineering, GIS application and numerical modeling. He is a member of Disaster Management Society of Taiwan. He’s recent publications included:

Chien-Yuan Chen*, 2016. Landslide characteristics under extreme rainfall conditions after Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. Landslide 13:153–164 (SCI:2.87).

Chien-Yuan Chen*, Jun-Ming Chang, 2016. Landslide dam formation susceptibility analysis based on geomorphic features. Landslide 13:1019–1033 (SCI:2.87)

His research grants are sourced from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan mainly. Those include:

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of debris flow (NSC 94-2211-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Morphometric analysis of debris flows and their source areas using GIS (NSC 95-2221-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Riverbank landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of landslide dam (NSC99-2625-M-415-003-MY3)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Batter Pile Behavior Modeling Using Finite Difference Analysis (NSC 102-2221-E-415-008-MY3)

Other grants were sourced from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan (MOE) and local government (Chiayi County in Taiwan).

Invited Speaker I

Assist. Prof. B. Kondraivendhan, S.V. National Institute of Technology, India

Ambiently cured Geopolymer concrete

Abstract:Geo-polymer concrete is a fast-growing replacement for the conventional Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) concrete owing to environmental apprehensions such as large amount of carbon dioxide emission when OPC is manufactured, and its rapid strength gain mechanism compared to ordinary cement concrete. However, the use of geo-polymer concrete is limited to pre-cast applications in the construction industry because it requires to be heated in an oven at 60-800C. This paper would discuss an effort towards solving this issue, by replacing a part of the fly ash used in the geo-polymer concrete by materials such as blast furnace slag and calcium hydroxide. Also, the effect of activator solution on the strength gain mechanism is studied. The test result shows that the geo-polymer concrete which can replace ordinary cement concrete can be prepared and cured in ambient conditions and useful for cast in-situ applications.

Key words: Geo-polymer concrete, fly ash, GGBFS, slaked lime, ambient curing

Invited Speaker II

Dr. Izobo-Martins Oladunni, Covenant University, Nigeria