Keynote speaker details will be updated shortly.  

David Banks is a Principal and technical leader at CPP Wind Engineering. Since 2009, David’s work at CPP has primarily focused on wind loads on solar racking systems. His presentation, “10 cents a Watt: A wind-driven solar odyssey”, will review his experience peer reviewing wind load reports and wind induced failures, developing and codifying test methods, all the while trying to minimise the harm done by inadequate standards and by the market’s drive for lower loads.

David holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Wind Engineering. He is also a co-author on several solar wind load provisions adopted in ASCE 7-16. He regularly contributes papers, presentations, and webinars on the topic of solar wind loads.


Andy is a Principal Structural Engineer in the Middle East built environment team of Aurecon. Originally from Sydney Australia, Andy has spent the last few years in Dubai working on various super-tall and mega-tall buildings in the Middle East and South East Asia.

This has led him to gain valuable insight in wind tunnel testing techniques for the design of tall and complex structures as well as the design of mechanical and liquid sloshing damping devices. His research and development in the time domain wind analysis technique has injected digital innovations to complement well established traditional wind engineering methods currently being employed in the industry. 

Harald Richter is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology. His research interest spans a variety of aspects of deep moist convection, primarily in the extra-tropics. His viewpoint on convection has become quite operational in nature, having worked as a thunderstorm and radar trainer at the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia between 2004 and 2009. Focal areas of his work in the past have been convective initiation, the diagnosis of Doppler radar signatures and, more recently, the day 1 convective forecast problem.

Recently Harald has been working on an ensemble-based calibrated probabilistic thunderstorm prediction methodology similar to the approach presented by David Bright and co-authors at the Conference on Severe Local Storms in 2005. Additionally he is investigating selected Australian severe thunderstorm case studies with an aim of improving their operational predictability and the associated warning decisions.