The International Association of Protective Structures (IAPS) was formed in 2010 to address all the relevant aspects of the subject of protective structures in the built environment, including: structural mechanics, soil mechanics, traffic engineering, waterways as well as safety studies and risk analysis in both research and practice.
The Australian Chapter (IAPS-AUS) was founded by Professor Mark Stewart in June 2011 with the following aims:
*Promote research and development associated with security and protective structures in Australia.
*Focus IAPS-AUS researchers on the physical protection of built infrastructure.
*Bring experts together.
*Encourage multi-disciplinary approaches to security and protective structures.
*Foster collaboration between research institutions and government and industry.
*Provide high-level advice to government and industry.
*Publicise IAPS through special issues in journals and special sessions at conferences.
*Promote membership of IAPS.