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Emerging Structural Engineers Network – Lightning Talks Christchurch

6 October 2022 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

SESOC ESE welcome you back for the return of the Lightning Talks! After great success at our first event last year, we have a great line up of emerging engineers to share an insight into their projects.

Thursday 6 October
Holmes, Level 2, 254 Montreal Street, Christchurch
5.30pm networking and drinks for 6pm start

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This next Lightning Talks features five of our emerging structural engineers. Each engineer will have 5-10 minutes to give a brief insight into a project they are working on followed by some open Q+A and a chance to share experiences.

Our presenters for this event will include:

Hayden Clarke – Antarctica Wind Farm Foundations


Hayden will be presenting on his experience with the concept design for the replacement Antarctica Ross Island windfarm foundations. Design of structures in Antarctica poses many unique challenges and logistical constraints. Hayden will be briefly talking to us about a selection of these that he dealt with during the design of the steel octo-pod like foundations.
Agata Skoneczna – Parametric Modelling
Agata is a structural engineer at Beca. She has gained parametric modelling knowledge while working in Europe and since she joined Beca last year, she has worked on projects utilizing parametric modelling to aid with structural design as well as verification.  She will share her experience on using this tool.
Ben Hawken – Netball and Futsal Arena Ben is a graduate structural engineer at GHD and will be presenting on his experience in the design of a new 130 m x 80 m 10 court netball and futsal arena in Christchurch. The accelerated design program brought many challenges and intricacies which he will share with you.
Alex Scott – Prefabricated Timber in Residential Structures

Alex is a structural engineer at ENGCO Consulting Engineers who has gained experience in modular timber design whilst working with Hector Egger New Zealand. He will be talking about the use of prefabricated timber panels in residential structures. Particularly focusing on the challenges and benefits involved in the design and construction process, and lessons learnt through a range of projects.
Jake Mayston – Christ Church Cathedral Stabilisation Jake is a graduate engineer at Holmes who has been involved with many aspects of the iconic Christ Church Cathedral project. He will be presenting on the Stabilisation phase following the recent milestone on site of entering the building. He will share examples from construction monitoring of how the project team adapted to site conditions – a common theme when working with existing and particularly heritage structures.


After the presentations there will be time for questions and discussion, followed by food and drink.

These events will be held regularly throughout the year to give all of our ESE members the chance to share what they are working on. If you are interested in sharing your experience, please send us an email at: ese-chair@sesoc.org.nz

We hope to see you there!


Holmes Consulting, level 2, 254 Montreal Street, Christchurch
254 Montreal Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
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