DR MATTHEW VALLIS – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
- BE Hons I (Mech), University of Sydney (USYD)
- MSc, PhD (Civil), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil
- Member, Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
- Member, Australasian Wind Engineering Society (AWES)
Matthew has overseen wind tunnel studies on tall buildings and wind-sensitive structures around the globe, particularly across Australia, India, South-East Asia, the Middle East, the United States and Brazil. Since joining the wind engineering field in 2007, Matthew has become a leader in analysing façade cladding pressure studies and structural loads/building motion studies at Windtech.
The evaluation of observed wind data and the determination of extreme wind climate models are further areas of Matthew’s expertise. His doctorate research at UFRGS focused on determining design wind speeds in mixed wind climates, producing a revised basic wind speed map of Brazil, which is currently proposed for implementation into a revised edition of the Brazilian wind standard: NBR 6123. Matthew also has extensive experience modelling the dynamic response of bridge structures, having conducted master’s research on the suppression of vortex-induced vibrations of slender bridge decks through passive devices at the leading and trailing edges.
Never content with the status quo, Matthew is passionate about innovations in wind engineering, particularly regarding data visualisation and demonstration of the high-quality results that Windtech provides. He continually strives to implement strategic measures to ensure that results are delivered accurately and ahead of schedule.