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Upcoming Webinars

Topic: Conceptual Design - Conceptual Design is the stage of the projects when engineers have to be creative to propose the best solutions.

Speaker: Prof. Hugo Corres Peiretti, Prof PhD MSc BSc(Eng) FIStructE  fib Honorary President Ffib, FHECOR.  

Moderators: Prof. Alfred Strauss (Chair, Austrian NG); Eftychia Apostolidi (e-Learning Board, Germany).

Date and Time: January 27, 2023, 14-15hrs CET.

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Summary: Engineers are not aware that we are creating every day, every time we face a project. We have to use this creativity not only to build more beautiful structures, but to mainly build structures - that are capable of responding to all the demands imposed on each project in a holistic way, like structural efficiency, constructive suitability, sustainability, etc. It is an activity that one learns over time, with experience. This webinar shall describe the Conceptual Design process with different case studies.

Hugo Corres Peiretti is a Civil Engineer, MSc and PhD from the Technical University of Madrid. Doctor Honoris Causa from the Technical University of Bratislava. Professor of Structural Concrete and Conceptual Design of Structures at the School of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid. fib Fellow. FIStructE. Honorary President of fib (International Federation of concrete). Former president of ACHE (Structural Concrete Scientific Association of Spain). Member of the Project Team that prepared Eurocode 2 (Structural Concrete). Founder and designer of FHECOR Consulting Engineers.

Topic: Less and better: the way forward for sustainable bridges

Speakers: Juan A. Sobrino and Stephanie Lamerichs.

Moderators: Maria Pina Limongelli (Chair, Italian NG), Salvatore di Bernardo (Vice Chair, US NG). This DUO-Webinar is being organised by IABSE Commission 1, the Italian and US National Groups.

Date and Time: 6 February 2023, 15- 16.30 hrs.

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Summary: Bridges and transportation infrastructures have a huge social and economic impact on our lives which has often led to adopting a cost-efficient perspective in their design. However, cost-effective structures often tend to minimize labor costs and utilize more materials with more embodied energy. The construction industry is today one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions in the world while emission reduction is necessary to contribute to the climate goals. Less and better's key focus is to fully recognize our planet's limited resources and maximize the design quality under these specific circumstances: to do more with less. Less and better is about appreciating the many dimensions and complexities of the project, including the technical aspects, historical and social context relations, visual qualities, and environmental and economic development constraints. The "less and better" design approach is aligned with the ethical engineer's duty to observe the collective welfare as paramount: to build better bridges sympathetic to the intellect's pleasures and sustainability principles. This webinar will focus on good design practices to achieve sustainable bridges by efficiently using advanced materials, or by building with nature-based renewable, bio-degradable, or low embodied energy materials. Several examples of sustainable bridges built using duplex stainless steel and GFRP  will be presented together with bridges designed in bio-composite material in the framework of the ‘Smart circular bridge’ EU project.

Juan A. Sobrino is the founder and president of Pedelta. He has performed the conceptual and detailed design of a wide variety of medium to long-span bridges, including cable-supported structures, arches and segmental bridges. Juan’s noted accomplishments include innovative bridges in duplex stainless steel and GFRP. Numerous of his designs have received prestigious awards for their elegance and innovative values.

Stephanie Lamerichs is the project manager for the Interreg NWE research project Smart Circular Bridge with lead partner Eindhoven University of technology. With a background in structural engineering and a passion for sustainability she wants to improve the design and materialization of bridge structures. Therefore she also leads a circular infrastructure team within engineering company Witteveen+Bos.


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