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Special Sessions

On  from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Structures Congress 2019 is offering three special sessions. Make sure to add them to your schedule in the interactive technical program.

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Joint SEI/IStructE Workshop on Conceptual Design of Bridges and Structures

Moderator: Ian Firth, FREng, FIStructE, FICE; and David Odeh, SE, PE, SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE
Presenters: David Odeh, SE, PE, SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE; Ian Firth, FREng, FIStructE, FICE; Jon Magnusson, PE, SE, Hon.AIA, NAE, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE; Paul Kassabian, PE, P.Eng, C.Eng; and Tanya de Hoog, CEng, FIStructE

Conceptual design skills resonate with the SEI vision initiative to promote the structural engineer as leader and innovator, and they are critical qualifications to full Chartered Membership of IStructE. Engineers must master the arts of creative problem solving and critical thinking in order to develop truly innovative new ideas, and they must be able to clearly communicate their vision in order to see it realized. This session will give attendees an inside look at the concepts behind some of the world's most innovative structures, followed by a lively discussion between the audience and distinguished panelists.

Science Not Communicated is Science Not Done

Presenter: Melissa Marshall

Given in an informative and engaging style (see style of Melissa Marshall's TEDtalk), this speech will motivate listeners on the importance of communication to the success and advancement of their technical work. The talk will explore how effective communication is the linchpin between technical innovation and advancement and those that are in a position to advance that research. Important research often does not move forward because the significance of the work is not understood and appreciated by others. Through providing engaging examples and practical strategies, listeners will walk away with a renewed enthusiasm and skill set for communicating their technical work.

Grenfell Tower Fire - The Consequences for Safety

Presenter: Alastair Soane, Director, Structural-Safety

Following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in London in 2017, there have been two major investigations. The Public Inquiry is the Independent Inquiry "To examine the circumstances surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower", and the second is the Hackitt Report; an "Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety." Speakers will describe what happened and, to the extent allowed by legal circumstances, why it happened. This will be followed by findings on the safety and standards used by some in the UK construction sector, including areas where there have been serious failings. Subsequent recommendations made to Government to address the issues, and the progress on these will be described. The impact of fire and structural safety worldwide will be influenced by the consequences of this tragedy.

This session will be viewable live on ASCE Facebook

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