Seismic engineering expertise recognised with ACI Design Award

Dr Weng Yuen Kam's expertise in seismic engineering has been recognised by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) – winning a 2016 ACI Design Award for his technical journal paper on the performance of reinforced concrete beam-column joints during the 2010-2012 Christchurch earthquakes.

The award honours a paper published in the ACI technical journals that describes advanced concepts and techniques applied to a specific design project.

The paper presents a study into the design and seismic performance of beam-to-column joints in reinforced concrete frames, a technical area where USA and New Zealand design standards have diverged for many years. The lesson from Christchurch demonstrated the importance of designing and detailing the beam-column joints to improve the overall building's robustness and seismic resilience, even if the reinforced concrete frames are secondary structures providing only gravity-load carrying capacity.

The paper was co-authored with two eminent researchers in the field of reinforced concrete structure – Professor Stefano Pampanin from University of Canterbury and Professor Roberto Leon from Georgia Institute of Technology. It was published in the ACI Special Publication SP-296, March 2014.

Read the paper here.

About Kam

Dr Weng Yuen Kam is an Associate at Beca in the Structures team in Auckland and a New Zealand Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng). He's worked across a number of significant projects in New Zealand, Singapore and Dubai including the NZ$700M New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson Hotel project, the SG$1.8B Marina One Mixed-development in Singapore, the USD$1.2B Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, as well as various seismic assessment and retrofit projects throughout New Zealand.

Kam specialises in seismic risk mitigation, advanced structural analysis and earthquake engineering. He regularly presents at technical conferences in New Zealand and abroad. He's a key contributor to New Zealand's next generation of seismic assessment guidelines and the design guideline for seismic isolated buildings.

Kam has a PhD and undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics from the University of Canterbury. His research interests include seismic evaluation of existing structures, performance of non-ductile concrete structures, displacement-based seismic design, and low-damage seismic systems.

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