Steel Structures Seminar

in conjunction with SCNZ Annual Conference & Gala Awards Dinner 2023

Seminar Information

The information below was for the 2022 Seminar. The 2023 Seminar will be held on 26 October in Queenstown, New Zealand. Updated information to come. 


Our popular Steel Structures Seminar is a must-attend event for practicing structural engineers, engineering students and academics. This event will be held in conjunction with the 2022 SCNZ Annual Conference & Gala Awards Dinner.


Part one of this half-day seminar will provide an overview of key updates to steel design and construction standards, and the implications for design practice.  This session will also cover practical tips for composite floor design and construction, and the latest steel construction compliance initiatives.


Part two will focus on best-practice welding, detailing and steel construction. This session will present the latest world-leading research on welded connections, and economical and good detailing practices. The day will close with practical steel construction learnings, including a case study presentation on the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement, a 2021 SCNZ Excellence in Steel Award Category Winner.


Who Should Attend:

Engineers working for consultants, clients, building control authorities and contractors who are involved in the design, fabrication and construction of steel structures.

Why Attend:

  • Hear direct from steel industry experts
  • Keep your engineering knowledge relevant and up-to-date
  • Improve your skills in the design and project delivery of steel structures
  • Learn about steel fabrication and how structural steel contractors can add value
  • Network with industry peers

2022 Programme

  • Registration, tea/coffee, networking – 12:30pm
  • Welcome – 1.00pm
  • Practical Implementation of Composite Floor Designs
  • NZS 3404 Steel Structures Standard Revision – Implications for Engineers
  • Steel Construction Compliance – What’s New
  • Latest tools for efficient design of composite steel, including design for severe fires
  • Break
  • Engineers: Getting the Welds you Want and Need
  • Tips for Designing Constructible and Economical Steel Buildings
  • Case Study: Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement
  • Closing Remarks
  • Finish – 5:30pm


Michail Karpenko

General Manager Welding Centre – HERA

Michail is an international welding engineer (IIW). He is a member of the Standards New Zealand and Australia Committees, including WD-003 Welding, and is actively involved in the revision and update of welding standards such as AS/NZS 1554, AS/NZS ISO 3834, DR ISO 17607 and AS/NZS 5131.


Alistair Fussell

Consultant – SCNZ

Former manager for SCNZ, Alistair has specialist knowledge in the design of steel structures and more than 25 years’ structural engineering experience, including 15 years working for various New Zealand consulting engineering practices.  He is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng), and a member of both Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ) and the Standards Australia BD-023 Committee: Structural Steel.


Kevin Cowie

Technical Director – SCNZ

A chartered professional engineer (CPEng) and a member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ), Kevin has more than 15 years’ structural engineering experience. He has assisted New Zealand consultants in the preparation of many multilevel steel construction design options, and contributed to countless structural steel design guides and industry guidance documents. Kevin has been involved in multiple steel-related standards committees and is currently chairing the proposed revision to NZS 3404.


Dave Anderson

Technical Director – John Jones Steel

Dave is the former General Manager and now Technical Director of John Jones Steel, one of the largest and most advanced structural steel fabrication enterprises in New Zealand. With more than 50 years’ experience, and an intergenerational philosophy, John Jones Steel is a well-established company with a proven ability to successfully undertake structural steel projects of any magnitude. Its capability is proven across the country in the thousands of projects that it has completed over the years.


Sam Edinburgh

Managing Director – VIP Structural Steel

VIP Structural Steel is a well-established, locally owned and operated business specialising in the design, supply, fabrication and erection of structural steel for commercial and residential projects.

The combination of friendly and professional service and the ability to work to tight deadlines has helped VIP build up a large customer base, including large commercial construction companies and well-known residential housing companies.

With VIP’s multiple large workshops and yard spaces, and through its team of experienced and dedicated staff, its clients can be assured that VIP has the capacity, skills and systems to take on any project.


Zahid Hamid

Structural Engineer – SCNZ

Zahid is an experienced structural engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He is skilled in AutoCAD, civil engineering, seismic analysis, foundation design and structural engineering. Zahid has a Master of Engineering (MEng) focused on Civil/Structural from University of Auckland.


Kaveh Andisheh

General Manager Structural Systems – HERA

Dr Kawa (Kaveh) Andisheh is General Manager of HERA structural systems. Among other activities, Kawa leads the structural systems strategy and programme of research, consulting, membership engagement and training activities within HERA to maintain its alignment with industry needs both currently and in the long term. Kawa is a multi-Committee Member (AS/NZS) of Standards Australia and NZS Standards New Zealand. He was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury in 2017, and completed Doctorate studies in structural engineering at the Technical University of Milan in 2013, and he also hold a BSC and a MSc in Civil Engineering. Kawa is chartered member of Engineering New Zealand, CPEng, IntPE, and he is a chartered member of NZ institute of directors.

Seminar Details & Fees

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2022

Venue: The Hotel Nelson, 40 Waimea Road, Nelson


All Prices include GST

Registration Type Early bird rate until 7 October 2022  Standard rate from 7 October 2022
SCNZ Members $70 $140
HERA / SESOC Members $300 $370
Non-members $420 $485


Become a SCNZ member for $230 per year.

All attendees from companies applying for membership to SCNZ with this registration qualify for the SCNZ member discount.





SCNZ Triple Event Package – Steel Structures Seminar, Steel Agenda & Gala Dinner – $290

For information on the SCNZ Conference and Gala Dinner, please click here.




Persons enrolled wishing to cancel must do so via email seven days prior to the seminar to obtain a refund. After this date no refunds will be given. SCNZ reserves the right to cancel seminars due to insufficient registrations or other reasons beyond its control, in which case fees paid will be refunded in full.