Opal Towers: The tip of the iceberg? What should be done now?

Event details

Thursday 23 May 2019

12pm – 2pm


$47.50 per person


Union, University and Schools Club
25 Bent St, Sydney, NSW 2000


Dr Brian Spies FTSE
The Academy NSW Division Honorary Secretary

Amelia Dean
Academy Events Coordinator
03 9864 0919

The first of our UUSC Academy special and informative lunches features Professor Mark Hoffman FTSE, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW Sydney,who will report the findings and implications of his investigation into the Opal Tower issue.

He was appointed by the State Government to independently report, with Professor John Carter and Stephen Foster, on the causes of failure of the high-rise Opal Tower apartment building in Sydney’s Olympic Park on Christmas Eve 2018 and recommend changes to avoid such occurrences in the future. The incident and report received considerable attention from the public, politicians and the industry, with implications reaching far beyond this single building.

The report was released in two tranches and it is our great honour that Professor Hoffman has agreed to be our first luncheon speaker for 2019. Some say the report raises more questions about the building industry in Australia than any other in our history: is your home affected? Are you safe? Is your building likely to have long-term issues of maintenance costs? What ramifications will emerge from the Opal Tower incident?

Biography: Professor Mark Hoffman is Dean of Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He has also held the roles of Pro Vice-Chancellor Research (2013-15), Associate Dean Research for Science (2009-12) and Head of School of Materials Engineering (2007-12).

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and PhD from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business and Technology from UNSW. He has also held research positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Tokyo Metropolitan University, the University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, and at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.