May dinner meeting

  • 23 May 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Auburn Hotel, corner Victoria St and Auburn Rd East Hawthorn, Melbourne

Drinks and networking with your FESA friends from 6:30 pm, then dinner with two speakers presenting from 7:00 pm. 

Geoff Fletcher, a chartered and registered civil/structural engineer with broad design, research and construction experience, particularly in precast concrete and anchorage systems, will speak on the structural failure at Opal Tower, Sydney. On Christmas Eve 2018 a sudden failure was detected in the concrete framing at the new 36-storey Opal Tower apartment block.  It triggered evacuation of all occupants, since it was uncertain whether a catastrophic collapse might follow.  The commissioned report concluded the failure was caused by poor design and construction of key structural elements, which was aided by process failures lacking independent & transparent checking & verification of safety-critical inputs.

Dr Richard Fernandez, an Associate Lecturer at La Trobe University and an adjunct Associate Research at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, will present his research findings on the anatomy and biomechanics of hip fracture and the evolution of hip protector design.  Richard’s primary research focus is in human topographic anatomy, particularly the use of anatomy and impact biomechanics to advance injury prevention. His recent work has focused on preventing hip fracture in older persons by developing new specifications for hip protector design.

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