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Circular economy, modular construction, and recycled materials

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07 September 2022
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Overview

Synopsis of presentation: COP26 climate summit has accelerated the global market push toward reducing emissions from infrastructure projects and operations. Research and innovation are key drivers of a circular economy. Taking a circular economy approach offers the construction industry a major opportunity to deliver decarbonisation targets and whole-life efficiencies. This presentation will explore prefabricated modular construction and the use of recycled materials and how they could help to deliver some of those targets.

The presenter is a leader in introducing prefabricated modular construction solutions in Australia and will discuss innovations and challenges in those projects. The use of recycled materials and recovered resources will be included in specifications and therefore will be mandatory in projects in the future. How these materials can be used in construction projects will be discussed in the presentation.

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Presentation summary

Biophilic City: Emerging Roles and Opportunities for Civil Engineers

Biophilic city is a new trend that combines the principles of sustainable and resilient city by emotionally affiliating human beings to other living organisms in positively affecting the psychological and sociological wellbeing. With more than half of the world's population lives in cities, biophilic city is seen as the possible panacea to the challenges in meeting the needs of the urban population and expansion. However, in comparison with the other sister terms of green city, sustainable city and resilient city, biophilic city is still alien to many.

Hence, in engineering the green environment via biophilic city concept in the construction industry as well as integrating the principles of biophilic city into engineering project management, civil engineers play critical roles in ensuring that this biophilic city development is materialised with the most cost effective strategies associated with well-placed value management and engineering contribution. Hence, this talk aims at exploring the roles and opportunities for civil engineers in engineering the green built environment via the adoption of biophilic city concepts.

It is expected that this talk will open the eyes on the principles and characteristics of biophilic city, by highlighting the growing roles of the civil engineers in green built environment and the opportunities to be grabbed so that the professions are still relevant and indispensable in the engineering landscape.

Speakers

Priyan Mendis

Priyan Mendis

Department of Infrastructure Engineering

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Priyan Mendis

Professor Priyan Mendis is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Modular Housing (ARC AMP.H), and the Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology of Engineering Structures Group. He is the Deputy Director of the ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub - Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS).

He is a world leader in Innovative Construction methods such as Prefabricated structures, Tall Buildings, Durability of Concrete Structures, Advanced Materials for Construction including Waste Materials, Protective Technology of structures, Wind, Earthquakes, Fire and Blast. He worked as a Consulting Engineer before joining the University in the early 1990s. He is a member of the Australian Standard committees BD2 (Concrete structures) and BD6 (Loading of structures including wind and earthquakes). He was a member of the ARC College of Experts from 2005-2017. Prof Mendis obtained his PhD in 1997 from Monash University, Australia. He is also a member of several institutions, including Fellow of Engineers Australia, Concrete Institute of Australia, and American Concrete Institute.

Associate Professor Syuhaida Ismail

Associate Professor Syuhaida Ismail

2022 APEC Australian Women in Research Fellowship, The University of Melbourne

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Associate Professor Syuhaida Ismail

As a Certified Construction Project Manager (CCPM), trainer and assessor by the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), the UK Chartered Engineer and Professional Engineer with Practising Certificate (PEPC) with the Board of Engineer Malaysia, Syuhaida Ismail has been invited as plenary and keynote speaker in conferences and seminars and published more than 300 technical papers/articles/books on Sustainable Cities and Construction, Project Management, Construction Management and recently on the COVID-19 crisis in built environment.

She has received more than 50 research/professional awards, where her research products are commercialised into 116 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). She is the recipient of the Young Engineer Award 2019 by the IET Malaysia Network.

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