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ESE – SESOC Conference Roadshow

October 23, 2019 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

SESOC Emerging Structural Engineers – Conference Roadshow

When: Wednesday 23rd October  5.30pm for a 6pm start

Where: Beca, ANZ Centre, 267 High Street, Christchurch


Following the SESOC Conference in August, the Emerging Structural Engineers Network in Christchurch is bringing you a Conference Roadshow. This event is a chance to hear some of the key issues that were raised throughout the conference proceedings, and learn more from some of the ESE presenters on what was involved.

The theme of the conference was “Challenging the Profession”, and many of the speakers did just that! The roadshow will feature some presentations from the ESE conference stream, a summary of some of the key themes shared throughout the conference, and a presentation from keynote speaker John Hare.

As usual, there will be food and drinks after the presentations. This will also be a great chance to pick the brains of those who have presented and get some inspiration for the next conference in 2021.


Our three ESE presenters are:

Michael Simcock – Michael is a structural engineer with three years of formal experience working for Calibre Consulting in Christchurch. His prior experience includes many weekends spent working in the Christchurch Red Zone, undertaking post-earthquake damage inspection, site pre-pours, and nine years of shallow-soils geotechnical testing experience.
Michael’s paper is on the topic of Proactive Decision Making as a Graduate Engineer

Charlotte Corston – Charlotte has worked as a structural engineer at BMC since graduating in 2016. During her time at BMC she has undertaken many earthquake assessments and new builds, and is particularly passionate about heritage engineering.
Charlotte’s paper uses the case study of the strengthening of the former Chief Post Office Building in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square to look at the workings of a project team.

Ben Westeneng – Ben is a structural engineer with three years of experience in structural design and seismic assessment in New Zealand. He also has a Master of Earthquake Engineering which investigated the buckling of gusset plates in BRB frames. His paper looked at the automation of seismic assessment of unreinforced masonry buildings. Ben won the SESOC ESE scholarship with this paper, and attended the SEAOC Conference in California to present the paper there.



Keynote presenter John Hare
John Hare is a structural engineer and Chief Executive of Holmes Group, with experience working in NZ, the UK and the US. He is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and NZSEE, and a life member and past president of SESOC. John sits on a number of advisory groups, including the steering group for the Assessment Guidelines.

Throughout his career, John has had extensive experience in both the design of new structures and in the assessment and strengthening of existing buildings. Following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, he was seconded as Principal Engineering Adviser, firstly to Civil Defence and subsequently to the Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Authority.


John’s keynote address was on the theme of Challenging our views of Seismic Risk, and whether our established practices are still fit for purpose.

At the SESOC Conference this year he was awarded the SESOC President’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Structural Engineering profession.


October 23, 2019
5:30 pm 7:30 pm
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