The 2016 SEAOC Convention will be held at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Ka'anapali Beach, October 12 to 15, 2016. Come and enjoy Ka’anapali Beach and catch up with your SEAOC family.
Our main technical theme is “Recovering, learning and rebuilding after recent Pacific Rim earthquakes.” Other themes include new research, resilience and building rating systems, new codes/standards/guidelines, other natural hazards, green building design and sustainability, case studies and recent projects. We received over 130 abstract submissions (a record!), with solid representation across all themes. The Technical Committee is working hard to develop a program that can accommodate as many of these excellent papers and presentations as possible.
We are also excited to announce that the opening keynote speaker will be the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel. Mayor Dalziel has served in a number of important roles in the post-disaster environment in Christchurch since its 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, including as a Member of Parliament and as the city's leader. Lianne will address the theme of 'Confronting complexity and building resilience'. She will discuss how we can better work together both in responding to and recovering from a disaster and in navigating the highly complex environment of the rebuild and regeneration that follows. There is a saying that "the wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts". Lianne says her experience is that the wisdom of the community combined with the knowledge of the experts always exceeds what one can do without the other. Collaboration is vital to building community resilience.
Following the earthquakes, in 2012 Lianne was invited to join the UNISDR Parliamentarians Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction. Lianne is a champion of resilience and a recognised speaker - since becoming Mayor, she has presented at a number of international conferences including the 2014 Understanding Risk forum in London and the 2015 United Nations 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
In addition to the rich technical program, there will be several great opportunities for you to network and compete with your fellow engineers. On Wednesday, Oct. 12 will be our foot golf tournament, followed by our Welcome Reception. The party continues with the YMF After Party at the Grotto Pool Bar. On Thursday, we have a special treat as SEAOC has a special, exclusive performance of the Drums of the Pacific Lu’au. At Friday lunch, we have a special presentation on “The Magic, the Grandeur, and the Glory” of structural engineering from Ashraf Habibullah, an event sure to inspire.
Whether you're checking out the industry's latest offerings at the exhibitor's hall, enjoying the show at the Drums of the Pacific Lu'au, or enjoying the endless food, unforgettable entertainment, and breathtaking views at the King Kamehameha Dinner hosted by Computer’s and Structures, Inc., the Convention will be memorable and not to miss.
We encourage all attendees to bring your family and enjoy the Ohana Spirit! The convention will offer companion activities that showcase the best of what Maui has to offer. Additionally, the exceptionally family-friendly venue features a multitude of activities and tours, right from the convenience of our host hotel.
The registration for the convention will open in mid-May at our website, http://2016.seaoc.org. Please look for our upcoming announcement for the opening of registration and don't forget to pack your island attire!
- The 2016 SEAOC Convention Committee