1st China-Canada Symposium on Structural & Earthquake Engineering
The tectonic plates and seismic hazards of imminent mega thrusts pose similar challenges to structural engineers on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Consequently, the same research and problem solving techniques would be utilized to prepare for the inevitable earthquakes that will hit both regions. It made sense that two countries facing the same problems should force an alliance in collaborative research.
What started in 2008 as a cooperative exchange between Tongji University and UBC has grown into a large conference with more than 15 Chinese and nine Canadian universities.
Hosted at UBC from August 20-24, 2017, the symposium provided a unique international and multi-disciplinary platform of communication and discussion. It was framed by a series of technical sessions and three-minute-thesis presentations from students in all aspects of structural and earthquake engineering.
On August 20, the event opened with welcome speeches from UBC Vice-President, Research and Innovation Prof. Helen M. Burt and the Chinese Counsellor in Vancouver, Changxue Yu, UBC Dean of Applied Science James Olson and UBC Department Head of Civil Engineering Prof. Perry Adebar.
Over the next week, participants heard more than 110 presentations from professors, post-docs and PhD students. The presenters advanced the discussion on appropriate design guidelines and seismic isolation, structural monitoring, as well as innovative materials and seismic retrofit.
Ultimately, the symposium culminated in a session on advanced structural testing methods and an elaborate lab demonstration. To foster research collaboration, and thanks to the generous support of sponsors from industry and academia, social events also formed the core component of the symposium.