Special Session Proposals

Special Session Proposal 1:

Quality Specifications and Performance-based Management of Highway Bridges

Quality control frameworks are being implemented worldwide by bridge owners. This allows to develop a performance-based oriented management of their bridge stocks by the definition of a set of performance goals at component, system and network level and the proposal of the corresponding performance indicators. COST Action TU1406 aims to bring together research and practicing communities in order to establish an European guideline. The session will cover not only the main results from such Action related to European initiative to the establishment of good practices and the use of quality control procedures for the life-cycle management of bridges, but also contributions from people working worldwide on this topic.

Joan R. Casas
UPC-Barcelona Tech, Spain

José Campos e Matos
University of Minho, Portugal

Special Session Proposal 2:

Strengthening of Concrete and Metallic Bridges with FRP and SMA Materials

There are a large number of concrete and metallic bridges, which are aging because of fatigue and corrosion damages. The increasing service loads and harsh environmental conditions make these structures even more vulnerable. There is clearly a need for studies that aim to develop feasible retrofitting methods, along with simple and safe design, for the strengthening of bridge structures. This special session will share new research results on static and fatigue strengthening of concrete and metallic bridges using fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) as well as shape memory alloys (SMA) and will provide a platform for researchers to discuss and compare their research results and to enhance future collaboration in this topic.

Elyas Ghafoori
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland

José Sena Cruz
University of Minho, Portugal

Special Session Proposal 3:

FE Model Updating as an Available Tool for Structural Assessment

Finite element model updating based on the modal domain is gaining importance in the field of non-destructive identification techniques. One of its main advantages is that it can be carried out considering in-service conditions. This method improves the accuracy of the FE models of structures based on their natural frequencies and vibration modes obtained experimentally via dynamic field tests. The updated model allows reducing the uncertainties associated with the estimation of several physical parameters of the structure. This session focuses in the different possibilities that this tool offers to assess the structural behaviour of structures (civil and building engineering).

Javier Fernando Jiménez Alonso
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Pablo Pachón Garcia
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Special Session Proposal 4:

SHM informed decision making for a resilient built environment

Extreme events and acts of terrorism have highlighted the need for resilient communities, cities, and infrastructures that provide strategic functionalities for the society. Structural health monitoring systems may support the developement of a resilient built environment by: (i) reducing risk through informed decision making, based on the integration of monitored aging conditions of the structures within the risk model; and (ii) improving recovery by prioritizing interventions, based on information available in the emergency phases following natural or man-made disasters. The aim of this Special Session is to bring together experts in SHM systems and risk management to share knowledge and foster future collaborations. The session will host contributions that cover, but are not limited to, SHM algorithms for identification and damage identification, real time monitoring systems and projects, SHM systems for multi-hazard environments, SHM supported emergency management, integration of SHM in procedures for risk assessment, Value of Information of SHM.

Maria Pina Limongelli
Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI), Italy

Dagang Lu
Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China

Michael Havbro Faber
Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark

Paolo Gardoni
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America

Special Session Proposal 5:

Multi-hazard risk assessment and urban resilience

Over the past years there has been an increasing concern among the international community about the effects of natural and manmade hazards in urban areas whose impacts are becoming more frequent, more severe and more widespread. In order to tackle this global issue, it is fundamental to engage and develop fundamental and applied research that can lead to more efficient urban practices and policy making based on a thorough understanding of all the components that constitute urban systems and that contribute to their resilience. In light of the exposed, this session aims at stimulating the exchange of knowledge and new perspectives on the assessment and mitigation of multi-hazard risks in a changing climate. Particularly welcome are contributions dealing with the development, validation and practical implementation of innovative techniques, methods and tools for assessing, managing and mitigating risk at different scales.

Tiago Miguel dos Santos Ferreira
University of Minho, Portugal

Romeu da Silva Vicente
University of Aveiro, Portugal

Gian Paolo Cimellaro
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Special Session Proposal 6:

FRP reinforcement for more durable and resilient infrastructure

One of the key driving forces behind the development of innovative reinforcing solutions for concrete structures is the need for more durable infrastructure. The inherent corrosion resistance of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP), along with their high strength to weight ratio, has driven the use of FRP in a wide range of civil engineering applications. Engineers and asset owners are excited by the prospect of more durable structures, and researchers and code committees are continuously working towards the development of more refined design models to exploit fully the physical and mechanical properties of FRP. This special session will progress the state-of-the-art and provide timely insights into the short and long term behaviour of FRP reinforced concrete structures. Topics include: cracking; deflections; bond; fatigue; durability; test methods and design models.

Maurizio Guadagnini
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Cristina Barris
University of Girona, Spain

Special Session Proposal 7:

Asset management in rail and road mobility infrastructures

Asset Management is not intended to direct management of assets. Anyway, it is a core competence of infrastructure maintenance and renewal with reference to the decision-making and planning processes, with the corresponding effects and connections between different dimensions in infrastructure companies – e.g. strategic planning, finance and control, purchasing and logistics, etc. In a way, it is fair to say that Asset Management has not been implemented, having before evolved organically in the organizations preceding the modern infrastructure managers and creating the conditions for its establishment. During several years of experience in railway and road infrastructure management and operations, IP and BRISA have developed a set of asset management tools aligned with international best practices in the sector. Asset Management develops around three pillars – Cost, Risk and Performance, well grounded in asset knowledge through the development inspection, diagnosis and planning activities.

Rui Coutinho
Infraestruturas de Portugal, SA, Portugal

Carlos Biscaia Oliveira
Brisa, SA