Keynote & Invited Speakers


  • Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Prof. Worsak Kanok-NukulchaiProf. Worsak has extensive research experiences in Computational Mechanics for the last 30 years and has published more than 240 papers. In his career, Prof. Worsak has received many national and international awards and recognition. In 1997, Prof. Worsak was inducted into the Royal Institute of Thailand. In 1999, he was honored as the National Researcher of Thailand by the National Research Council. In 2006, the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM) awarded him the IACM Fellows Award for his distinguished research accomplishment in computational mechanics. In 2008, being recognized for his international contribution, Prof. Worsak received the First Nishino Medal in the East Asia-Pacific Conference of Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC) in Taiwan, an award in memorial of the late Professor Fumio Nishino.

Prof. Worsak has been very active in many international professional organizations, notably serving in the Council of the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), the Board of Directors of Japan’s International Construction Technology Information Institute (ICTII), and as Vice President (Asia) of the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction (GADR). On Community Services, he has served as Adviser to the Minister of Transport in 2002-05, Member of the Board of Directors of Expressway Authority of Thailand in 2002-05, Member of the Board of Directors of Airports of Thailand (Public Company) in 2005-2006, and two-time Vice President of the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).


  • Prof. Manfred Grohmann (Universität Kassel, Germany)
Prof. Manfred Grohmann (Universität Kassel, Germany)Prof. Manfred Grohmann is a Professor for Structural Design at Kassel University, Germany since 1996. In 1983 he was co-founder of Bollinger+Grohmann Ingenieure. With the focus on structural and façade engineering they work on all kinds of complex architecture. Now they are running offices in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Oslo and Melbourne where they work on all fields of complex architecture together with well-known international architects. The topic of Presentation as a Keynote Lecture at EACEF-5 will be: STRUCTURE AND ARCHITECTURE  – Just a Simple Love Affair.


  • Prof. Jongsung SIM, Hanyang University, Korea
Prof. Jongsung SIM (Hanyang University, Korea)Jongsung Sim is a Professor of Department of Civil Engineering as well as a Director of Fiber Research Center (FRC) at Hanyang University in Korea. He received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University in United State in 1987.  He was President of Korean Concrete Institute (KCI), President of Korean Society of Civil Engineers (KSCE) and President of Asian Concrete Federation (ACF). He is Fellow Member of American Concrete Institute(ACI), Fellow Member of International Institute for FRP in Construction(IIFC), and Fellow Member of International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering(IABSE). He is a Member of National Academy of Engineering of   Korea (NAEK) and serving as a Chairman of several Governmental Committees regarding Korean Standards (KS) and ISO standards. His current research interests are Use of FRP Rebar for Sustainable Concrete Structures, FRP reinforcement for strengthening of existing concrete structures, Recycling of Waste Concrete. He has more than 240 domestic publications and 120 international publications in these research fields. Topic of Presentation as a Keynote Lecture at EACEF-5 will be: Sustainable Concrete Technology


  • Prof. Lee Kwang-Yeol, DongSeo University, Korea

Prof. Lee Kwang-Yeol (DongSeo University, Korea)Prof. Lee, Kwang Yeol who is currently a professor in Civil engineering department at Dongseo University and a Chairman of Asian Technical Committee (ATC7; Thick Deltaic Deposits) of International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering(ISSMGE). He granted his Ph.D., 1992, from Stevens Institute of Technology in US, and his research and engineering practice career prior to DSU was at SK Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd.(SKEC), Woodward & Clyde where he rose through the ranks of profession in Geotechnical Engineering. Prof. Lee’s academic and technical career over 20 years has been highly interdisciplinary; authored/co-authored 6 textbooks on the themes of geo-environmental engineering, geosynthetics design and soil testing and applications, over 127 technical papers and presentations.

In his presentation, geotechnical issues of clay deposits under floating foundation systems also analyzed. Theoretical expressions and parameters were examined by an experimental study and numerical analysis on the laboratory scales and field measurement in this study. Also, piled raft foundation on thick clay deposits is designated to evaluate applicability and to optimize pile configuration. The study proposed a method to correlate the settlement of piled raft with a varying and uniform pile length.


  • Assoc. Prof. J.G. (Jarit) de Gijt, Delft University of Technology, Netherland)

Assoc. Prof. J.G. (Jarit) de Gijt, Delft University of Technology, Netherland)

De Gijt studied Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) and graduated in 1976 (Hydrology and Soil Mechanics).

He joined Fugro in 1975 and worked there up to 1987. He was in this period involved both in onshore and offshore geotechnical consultancy work as well as environmental and hydrological aspects.

During 1985-1987 he has been assigned to EEG –ASEAN cooperation program to assist ASEAN countries: Indonesia ,Malaysia and Thailand, to improve safety in the tin mining industry especially slope stability problems. This program included fact finding, field reconnaissance and training of local people.

Since 1987 de Gijt works for Rotterdam Public Works with the Engineering Section and has been involved since that time with all types of port infrastructure design, consultancy and construction: quay walls, jetties, dolphins, pipelines, reclamation work, dredging, slope stability, liquefaction, both in Rotterdam and the Netherlands and abroad, like Australia, Korea, Gabon, South Africa, Indonesia, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, England, Norway.

De Gijt acted as account manager for the Port of Rotterdam and was a member of the management team of the Harbor and Transport Group of the Engineering Section of Public Works Rotterdam until 2006 and worked since then as port consultant with Rotterdam Public Works Rotterdam.

Since 2000 de Gijt is also working part time at TU Delft with the Hydraulic Engineering and Probabilistic Design Section as Ass. Prof. and is lecturing on Port Infrastructures and coaching MSc students. De Gijt finished his PhD ” The history of quay walls “ in 2010.

De Gijt is a member and participates in several organizations, like SBRCURnet, EAU, HTG , KIVINIRIA, PIANC. De Gijt published about 100 articles and made contributions to several books and is since 2011 Honorary Member of EACEF (European Asian Civil Engineering Forum). His keynote presentation in the conference will be: THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRAULIC STRUCTURES FOR SOCIETY – Quay walls and dikes in the Netherlands


  • Assoc. Prof. Chan Weng Tat, National University of Singapore

 Prof. Chan Weng Tat

Dr. Chan is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore where he specializes in infrastructure systems and systems engineering. His research focuses on using AI/IT for engineering projects in the built environment. He is also co­Director of the NUS­JTC i3Centre, which promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration in developing innovative industrial infrastructure solutions.

His presentation will be on the role of systems thinking in systems engineering, design and management. Systems thinking is widely recognized and subscribed concept. Many benefits are ascribed to systems thinking and the holistic solutions. Yet, there is a wide range of opinion as to what systems thinking really is and how its benefits can be realized in engineering practice.
The purpose of the talk is to draw together these diverse perspectives of systems thinking in engineering, and to elucidate a set of core concepts that are useful in the successful design and operation of engineered systems. These concepts will be illustrated with examples drawn from the speaker’s experience in teaching and research on engineered systems.


Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Robby Soetanto, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Dr. Robby Soetanto, Loughborough University, United KingdomDr. Robby Soetanto teaches Construction Management at Loughborough University, UK. His current research focuses on two key areas; managing the integration of design and construction teams and disaster resilience. His research has been funded by government bodies (EPSRC, EU, HEA, British Council) and private companies (Lloyds TSB and Hewlett Packard). He has published over 90 works, including 3 books and 31 referred journal papers. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia. His invited presentaion will be: BIM-Hub: Facilitating successful collaboration in BIM.


  • Dr. Prabir Sarker, Curtin University, Australia

Dr. Prabir Sarker

Dr Prabir Sarker is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Curtin University, Western Australia. His research interests include utilization of by-product materials in concrete, geopolymer concrete and design of concrete structures. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed technical articles in these areas. He is a member of Engineers Australia, American Concrete Institute and Concrete Institute of Australia.

In the conference, Dr. Sarker will present the performance and design procedure of geopolymer concrete structural members. The aspects include shear strength of geopolymer concrete beams, strength of geopolymer concrete columns, bond strength of reinforcing steel with geopolymer concrete and the residual strength of geopolymer concrete after exposure to fire. The behaviors of geopolymer concrete members are compared with those of conventional cement concrete members. Results of the analytical works will be shown for design of geopolymer concrete structural members.


  • Dr. Benny Suryanto, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom


Benny Suryanto is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His research interest are primarily concerned with the development, characterisation and numerical simulation of cement-based materials, with particular focus on advanced cementitious materials such as Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC), popularly known as ‘bendable’ concrete and invented by Prof VC Li about two decades ago at the University of Michigan. Dr. Suryanto has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Concrete Institute Awards in 2011 and 2013, and the best paper awards from the Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology (2010 and 2012). He got his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia.
In the conference, Dr. Suryanto will be talking about the development of smart concrete over the past two years at Heriot-Watt University. The aim of the development is to make current and future concrete infrastructure intelligent. This is envisioned as infrastructure that, under normal loading conditions, has the capability to recover from damage (ie self-repair after cracking) and perform self-diagnosis with regard to damage and recovery extents. More specifically, he will talk about the piezo-resistivity of a newly developed ECC mixture and its self-healing performance under natural environmental exposure.


  • Dr. Riza Yosia Sunindijo, The University of New South Wales, Australia
RizaDr Riza Yosia Sunindijo is a Lecturer in the Construction Management discipline. He worked as a project engineer, project manager, and sustainability champion for multi-national construction and project management organisations. He joined UNSW in 2009 as a sessional staff before becoming a full-time academic in 2013.He is drawn to construction due to the dynamic nature of the discipline where various stakeholders collaborate to achieve common project objectives. He also appreciates the contributions of the discipline to develop a nation and provide critical infrastructure that enhances the wellbeing of people. He is particularly passionate in the areas of health and safety, and human resource management within the discipline, where he has focussed his research efforts for a number of years. His papers are published in international journals and conferences. He has also received recognition and awards because of his teaching and research performance. Dr. Sunindijo received his bachelor and masters degree from the Civil Engineering Department, Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia. The topic of his presentation will be: Improving Safety among Small Organizations in the onstruction Industry: Key Barriers and Improvement Strategies.


  • Ir. Jimmy Priatman, M.Arch, IAI, Petra Christian University, Indonesia
JimmyArchitect Jimmy Priatman currently serves as the Director of Design and Planning as well as the Principal Architect of Archimetric Consulting Firm. He is involved in most of the firm’s projects and responsible for the firm’s commissions. Three of his works, Graha Pangeran, Grha Wonokoyo, and Holy Stadium received the ASEAN Energy Awards in 2002, 2006, and 2009, respectively, for being the best performing buildings in terms of energy efficiency in Indonesia and ASEAN. Mr. Priatman is also a recipient of the prestigious Kalyanakretya Utama Award in 2002 from the President of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Research and Technology for his dedication in applied architectural technology.
As a practicing architect, Mr. Priatman is a professional member of the Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI), an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a member of American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Mr. Priatman is also a LEED Green Associate. His work is widely published in architectural magazines and publications. The title of his presentation will be: Green Strategies for Design Practice of a New Campus Building: A Case Study at Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia.