19th Australasian Conference on the
Mechanics of Structures and Materials


This Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM) is the nineteenth in the series that began at the University of New South Wales in 1967 as an initiative of the late Prof. F.S. Shaw. Subsequently, these conferences have been held on a biennial basis as a forum for engineering academics and researchers in Australia and New Zealand to exchange research ideas and results in the broad field of the mechanics of structures and materials.  


This present conference is the second to be held at the University of Canterbury, the first being the ACMSM6 in 1977. Having come to Christchurch for ACMSM6, the following ACMSM7 was held in Perth. In an interesting juxtaposition, this present ACMSM19 follows on from ACMSM18 which was held in Perth, once again linking the two extremities of the Australasian region.


At ACMSM6, there were 68 papers presented under the topics of statics, dynamics, stability, structural elements, optimisation and probabilistic methods, metallic materials, and non-metallic materials. Concrete did not appear as a separate topic, and neither did earthquake engineering. Only three papers came from outside Australia and New Zealand. It will be clear from the papers listed below that we have come a long way since then.



Keynote Speakers


Ian GilbertIan Gilbert

Ian is Professor of Civil Engineering and ARC Australian Professorial Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was Head of that school from 1996 to 2005. His main research interests are in the area of serviceability and the time-dependent behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures and he has published 4 books and over 200 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He is a member of Standards Australia’s Concrete Structures Code committee BD-002 and he is actively involved in the development of the Australian Standard AS3600.


Professor Gilbert is currently undertaking a large experimental study funded by the Australian Research Council to investigate the ductility and robustness of reinforced concrete floor slabs, in particular the detrimental effects of using Class L welded wire mesh as tensile reinforcement.

Rober MelchersRobert E. Melchers

Rob has held the Chair of Civil Engineering at The University of Newcastle, Australia since 1986. He is the Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at the University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia and Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers, London. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship.

Melchers is an editor or member of the editorial board of seven international journals, author of the text Structural Reliability Analysis and Prediction (1986, 1999) and co-author of Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Engineering Systems (1997) (also translated into Japanese). He has authored over 300 refereed journal and conference papers.

His main research interests are structural engineering risk and reliability analyses, risk-based decision-making and lifecycle management, and deterioration modelling, including corrosion and fibre composites.

S KitipornchaiSritawat Kitipornchai

Professor Sritawat Kitipornchai is a Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong. He obtained his BE in Civil Engineering from Monash University in 1968 and PhD from the University of Sydney in 1973. Before joining City University of Hong Kong in 2000, he was a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Queensland. His active research covers a wide range of subjects including structural stability, thin-walled structures, transmission towers, cold-formed structures, composite structures, smart materials, nonlinear analysis, etc.  Professor Kitipornchai has published 7 books, 9 book chapters, 250 journal papers and 70 conference , invited and keynote papers.   


Professor Kitipornchai is a Fellow of ASCE, HKIE and RICS, and is a Emeritus Professor of the University of Queensland. He is the Regional Editor of Engineering Structures journal and editorial board member of a number of other journals.

Roger PlankRoger Plank

Professor Roger Plank studied Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham, before gaining practical experience as a structural design engineer on a wide range of building types. He then joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer with particular responsibility for structural design, and in 1995 he was appointed Corus Professor in Architecture/Structural Engineering.


Together with Professor Burgess he developed the internationally renowned Structural Fire Research Group, studying the response of building structures to fire, both analytically and experimentally. The group had a major role in modelling the full scale fire tests at Cardington, and the work is now being exploited commercially in the design of real buildings through the software package Vulcan.


Professor Plank chairs the Steel in Fire Forum and also takes an active part in the work of the European Convention on Constructional Steelwork and the Institution of Structural Engineers.


He is the author of two major books and many scientific papers, dealing principally with issues of structural fire engineering.




Paper Review

The conference language will be English. All papers will be rigorously peer-reviewed before acceptance and publication in the conference proceedings. Authors of selected papers may be invited to submit extended versions for publication in a special issue of the journal Advances in Structural Engineering.



Registration details are available as is the on-line registration page.



The conference will be held at the University of Canterbury in the city of Christchurch. Accommodation will be available at attractive rates at one of the Halls of Residence near the University, along with other styles of accommodation close to the venue. Detailed information will be available on the conference website.


Social Programme

The registration fee includes a welcome reception, lunches and a banquet.