On June 11, 2022, the webinar "Climate Change and its impact to bridge and building codes" hosted by CSEA was successful and enjoyable for professions participated. During the event, CSEA has the privilege to invite Dr. Xuebin Zhang and Prof. Han-Ping Hong to share their experience and researches related to how climate change altered the Canadian engineers with solid statistics, background knowledge and real-life projects.After the speeches, questions and opinions from the audiences were addressed through extensive discussions. This webinar has certainly enhanced the participated professionals' awareness of climate changes and will be helpful for heir future designs.
About the speaker:
Xuebin Zhang: Dr. Xuebin Zhang is Senior Research Scientist with Climate Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada. His main research interest is the understanding of how and why the climate, in particular its extreme weather and climate events, has changed over the past century and how it is likely to change in the future. He works closely with the users of climate information. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He serves as a co-lead of the World Climate Research Program’s Grand Challenge on Weather and Climate Extremes, Editor-in-Chief for journal Weather and Climate Extremes. He was a coordinating lead author for the IPCC 6th Assessment WGI Report for the chapter assessing changes in extremes and for the chapter on changes in temperature and precipitation of Canada’s Climate Change Report.
Han-Ping Hong: Dr. Hong is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Before joining the department in 1996, he worked for more than six years as a research scientist in the oil and gas industry, concentrating on the optimum maintenance strategies of oil and gas pipelines under corrosion. Dr. Hong has expertise in the areas of application of probabilistic analysis, reliability and risk assessment, natural hazard modeling, and design code calibration. He has contributed to the reliability-based and economically efficient structural design code development and infrastructure retrofit. He is actively participating in several committees for structural design codes and standards, including the National Building Code of Canada and the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. He authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers. He received several awards and prizes for his research contributions.
Also, a big cheer and congratulation from CSEA to professor Han-Ping Hong for being elected as new Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering!