Key Dates ...

    Abstract submission opens
    01 June 2015

    Standard registration
    1 Jan 2016 - 27 May 2016

    Late registration
    28 May 2016 - 12 Sep 2016

    Conference Dates
    12 - 15 September 2016

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce that the four keynote speakers of the conference are:

  • Catherine Avila
  • Dr Jean-Jacques Fry
  • Dr Scott Draper
  • Prof Subhasish Dey



Catherine Avila has 30 years of public and private sector experience specializing in bridge scour and the impact of gravel mining on bridges. She is a licensed civil engineer in the States of California, Nevada and Oregon and holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

Catherine began Avila and Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. in 2001 and has since completed over 60 bridge rehabilitation and replacement project and 100 Plans of Action for Scour Critical Bridges. Prior to starting Avila and Associates, Ms. Avila was a Branch Chief for Structure Hydraulics for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the state bridge scour mitigation program.


Dr Jean-Jacques Fry is Professor at Ecole Centrale de Lyon and an Embankment Dams expert at EDF. Throughout his career he has been involved in research and development and advised on design and construction of dams, and has published more than one hundred papers on dams. 
He was the Secretary of the French Committee on Large Dams FBR from 1991 to 2002, and from 2002 to 2012 he led the European working group on internal erosion.
In 2007, with Robin Fell, he edited the “Assessment of internal erosion of dams and their Foundations”. With Robin Fell and Rodney Bridle he wrote ICOLD Bulletin 164 “Internal erosion of existing dams, levees and dikes, and their foundations. Volume 1: internal erosion processes and engineering assessment”.
Working with Professor Jean-Louis Briaud, former President, Dr Fry also instigated that the Internal Erosion Working Group meetings be held jointly with the International Society on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering’s Scour and Erosion Group at two-year intervals. He organised the first such joint meeting, the 6th International Conference on Scour and Erosion, in Paris in 2012.

Scott Draper is a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia (UWA), within the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering and the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems. In 2011 he completed a DPhil (PhD) working on fluid mechanical aspects of tidal stream energy extraction at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. At UWA Scott has spent the last 4-5 years working in offshore fluid mechanics, applied to both the oil and gas and marine renewable energy industries. His work covers a range of applied problems spanning the water column, including: the stability and scour of subsea infrastructure at the seabed; the optimum arrangement of marine renewable energy devices; and wave kinematics and statistics. To date, Scott has written over 50 peer reviewed papers and has presented public lectures both to industry and the wider community. His research has been reported widely in the United Kingdom in popular free press, such as The Guardian and Independent Today, and has been discussed in Scottish Parliament. Much of his work in sediment transport and scour has been within a team of four academics at UWA (Liang Cheng, David White and Hongwei An) working on problems related to subsea pipelines using the award winning O-tube facilities at UWA. This has included developing a new design guideline for the stability design of submarine pipelines on mobile seabeds.


Subhasish Dey is a Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He also holds an Adjunct Professor position in Physics & Applied Mathematics Unit at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He has held numerous visiting professorships, including those at The University of Iowa, Universität Stuttgart, Adelaide University, Technical University of Denmark, Tsinghua University, University of Bradford, University of Hong Kong, Università di Pisa, Università della Calabria, Politecnico di Milano, University of Florence, University of Oulu, Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisbon, National Chung Hsing University. 
Subhasish is an associate editor of Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Journal of Hydraulic Research, Sedimentology, Acta Geophysica, Journal of Hydro-Environment Research, International Journal of Sediment Research etc.

His research interests are applied hydrodynamics, turbulence, sediment transport and scour, in which he has more than thirty years of experience. He is internationally known for his research and acclaimed for his contributions in developing theories and solution methodologies of various problems on hydraulics. He has published more than 140 international journal papers and has authored a book titled Fluvial Hydrodynamics published by Springer. He is a council member of IAHR (2015–19), member of IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee (2014–) and a past-council member of the World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research (WASER), Beijing (2010–13). He is a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc), The National Academy of Sciences India (FNASc) and Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE).


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