Pre-Conference Workshops

Several pre-conference workshops are planned to occur on Tuesday prior to the Symposium. All workshops will be held at the Conference Centre.

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Workshop 1: Structural Failures – cases, causes, investigations, lessons learned

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 08:00-17:30
Instructors:  J. Duntemann (Wiss Janney Elstner, Associates, USA), F. Palmisano (PPV Consulting & Politecnico de Bari, Italy), R.T. Ratay (Ratay Structures & Columbia University, USA)
Guest Lecturer: D. Breysse (Université de Bordeaux, France)

The objectives of the full-day pre-Symposium workshop/course are to provide understanding of the origins, causes and consequences of failures, their forensic investigations, the lessons learned from them and thereby to improve design practices – all to mitigate errors that may lead to failures. The course is aimed at young, mid-career and experienced structural engineers who want to acquire a better understanding of failures towards improving their design, inspection, construction, administrative and other project-related practices to avoid pitfalls that may lead to failures. It also aims at those wanting to acquire a working knowledge of the challenging and lucrative professional practice of forensic structural engineering.

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Workshop 2: Designing with UHPFRC based on most recent standards

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 08:00-17:30
Instructors: François Toutlemonde (IFSTTAR), Eugen Brühwiler (EPFL), Katrin Habel (AE), Ziad Hajar (Systra), Byung-Suk Kim (KICT), Jacques Resplendino (AFGC/Bouygues TP), Jean-Marc Weill (C&E Consulting Engineers)

Ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) have constituted a new frontier for cement-based materials from their first development and applications in 1997 (Sherbrooke Footbridge, Cattenom NPP beams). Designing with UHPFRC has been an innovative process for more than 15 years, exploring the possibilities of the material as permitted by the first Recommendations. Growing experience in UHPFRC structural design, for new bridge applications and repair, as well as increasingly for building components, has led in 2016 to the publication of design standards and reference documents especially in France and Switzerland. In this short course world-renowned experts in the UHPFRC application will detail the content and background of UHPFRC standards and guidelines, together with their experience in designing with UHPFRC.

Workshop 3: Practice of finite elements calculation

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 08:00-17:30
Instructors:Claude Le Quere (EGIS), Didier Guth (ARCADIS)
The practice of Finite Elements Calculation is nowadays a very common practice particularly for junior engineers. The event will be a practice-based Workshop offering Young Engineers the opportunity to participate in a finite-elements modelling competition which object is to highlight the many ways of modelling the same object and the differences in the result that may result from this.

The Workshop will be divided in three main parts. The part will be dedicated to the presentation of the future guide of the French Civil Engineering Association (AFGC), “Finite Elements Modeling”, guide dedicated specifically to young engineers. The second part will be focused on the presentation of the structural item subject of competition. And the third part will consist in the development of the model in small groups.

Workshops Registration Fees

All registration fees are in euro (VAT included)
(*) Valid Student ID required
(**) W3 is reserved for young Engineers

The IABSE Organizing Committee reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is an insufficient number of pre-registered participants on August 1, 2018. In the event of workshop cancellation, the full workshop price will be refunded to all registered participants.
Workshop fees include coffee breaks and lunch, and all handouts and notes.

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