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Emerging Structural Engineers Network – Lightning Talks

13 May 2021 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Emerging Structural Engineers Network – Lightning Talks

SESOC ESE are kicking off a new series of events – Lightning Talks. These events will be a chance for our emerging engineers to share the projects they are working on, and open some discussion around challenges and lessons learned.

Thursday 13 May
Aurecon, Level 1 Iwikau Building, 93 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch
5.30pm networking and drinks for 6pm start

The Christchurch launch will be held on the 13th May and 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 – whether that be a technical challenge, design overview, construction monitoring, or project management.

Our presenters for this kick-off event will include:

Joshua Cornish – Construction Monitoring at Linwood College
Joshua is a structural engineer who has worked at Aurecon since graduating in 2017. His recent project experience with the redevelopment of Linwood College, in particular the Construction Monitoring phase of 4 new classroom blocks, will be the basis for his presentation. He will share some of the challenges and lessons learned as part of this process.

Sophie Woodhams – CDHB Energy Centre
Sophie is a graduate engineer with Holmes Consulting, and has worked on a wide range of commercial structures. She is going to share her project experience on the CDHB Energy Centre, looking at the coordination challenges the design team faced, and the benefits and pitfalls of BIM.

Edbert Livia – Designing a sculpture? How?
Edbert is a structural engineer with Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers. Born in Indonesia, he moved to New Zealand in 2015 to study Civil Engineering. Edbert will share some of the unique design challenges when it comes to sculptural design.

Ben Exton – Temporary Works Lessons
Ben is a structural engineer who has worked for both Structex and Building Revolutions in Christchurch since graduating in 2016. He has continued study in Earthquake Engineering since, and has a keen interest in innovation in this field. Temporary works design and construction requires a combination of clear communication and risk awareness. Ben will cover some key lessons learnt in some recent temporary works projects, including the repair of the New Brighton Pier.

William Southby – Managing a Portfolio
William has worked at Calibre Consulting since graduating in 2016. His latest project, managing the Totalspan Portfolio, involves managing a team of 15 engineers across the country to provide design services to the Totalspan Franchises across the country. He will share some of the challenges of coordinating people across different offices, as well as managing quality, timeframes, and finances.


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

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13 May 2021
5:30 pm 8:00 pm
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Aurecon, Level 1 Iwikau Building, 93 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch
93 cambridge terrace
Christchurch, New Zealand