Australia-India Workshop on Cold-Formed Steel Structures
19 January 2006
In February 2005, the Deans of the Australian Group of Eight (G08) Universities, which includes the University of Sydney, visited the Indian Institutes of Technology with a view to setting up a series of Workshops on research areas of common interest. The University of Sydney chose to co-organise a Workshop on Cold-Formed Steel Structures with the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) in Chennai. Earlier, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Beryl Hesketh, had signed an MOU with IIT-M to foster collaboration between the two organizations. It was fortuitous that one of my international colleagues in the Cold-Formed Steel Structures area, Professor V Kalyanaraman, was the Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy at IIT- M. We co-chaired the Workshop which was held on the 19th and 20th January, 2006.
Professor Kim Rasmussen, Head of Civil Engineering, and Dr Tim Wilkinson, Lecturer in Civil Engineering attended and presented papers. Three leading Australian academics in Cold-Formed Steel from Monash (Prof Xiao-Ling Zhao and Dr Mike Bambach - both Sydney PhDs) and QUT (Prof Mahen Mahendran) also presented Australian research.
The objectives were:
- To develop closer links between leading researchers, both academics and students, and practitioners in cold- formed steel in India and Australia
- To assist Indian and Australian researchers to understand the research needs and markets for cold- formed steel in India and Australia
- To showcase for the latest research on cold-formed steel in Australia and India
- To assist development of a Cold-Formed Steel Structures Standard in India.
Leading companies in India who sponsored the Workshop included:
- BlueScope Steel
- ISPAT Industries Ltd
- Kirby Building Systems India Ltd
- Pennar Industries Limited
- Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC)
- The Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd.
- Institute for Steel Development and Growth INSDAG)
A bound set of proceedings was produced and showcased Australian research and Indian cold-formed steel applications. The objectives of the Workshop were met and have fostered continuing collaboration between India and Australia in the academic and industrial area.