Steel Structures Seminar

in conjunction with SCNZ Annual Conference & Gala Awards Dinner 2023

Seminar Information

Our popular Steel Structures Seminar is a must-attend event for any engineers working for consultants, clients, building control authorities and contractors who are involved in the design, fabrication, and construction of steel structures. This event will be held in conjunction with the 2023 SCNZ Annual Conference & Gala Awards Dinner.


This half-day seminar will provide an overview of key updates to steel design and construction standards, and the implications for design practice.  The latest design guides, best practices and tips for the design, specification and construction of steel structures will be shared.


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

2023 Programme*

  • Registration, lunch, networking – 1:00 pm
  • Welcome – 1:45 pm
  • Material specification of steel structures – Getting it right
  • Steel and Fire – What is changing in NZS 3404 and how does this affect design
  • Best practice for the seismic design of diaphragms of steel buildings – overview of recently released Design Guidelines
  • How to efficiently design composite beams with web penetrations – overview of recently released software tools
  • Break
  • Weld Specification of Steel Structures – Tips for the Design Engineer
  • Best practice detailing and specifying for hot dipped galvanizing (TBC)
  • Improving Buildable Steel Connections – Extended Web Shear Plate Connection Design
  • Hybrid steel frame and timber floor – challenges and learnings (TBC)
  • Closing Remarks
  • Finish – 6:15 pm

Attendees are invited to attend the Welcome Drinks & Nibbles after the Seminar at Millennium Hotel.

*subject to change


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.


Anthony Abu

Associate Professor – University of Canterbury


Chris Speed

Director – Dunning Thornton Consultants


Peter Golding (TBC)

CEO – Galvanizing Association


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.

Seminar Details & Fees

Date: Thursday 26th October 2023

Venue: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront – Corner Frankton Rd &, Adelaide Street, Queenstown


All Prices include GST

Registration Type Early bird rate until 21 September 2023 Standard rate from 21 September 2023
SCNZ Members $95 $140
HERA / SESOC Members $345 $395
Non-members $460 $510


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.





Registrations have now closed. For enquiries regarding available spots, email

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.