14 February 2013
IABSE workshop on safety, failures & robustness of large structures
February 14-15, 2013
Large structures focused on in the workshop will include tall buildings, bridges, power plants, dams, harbour structures, stadia, sport halls, public areas, malls and large urban developments, i.e., structures whose failure may cause the most significant consequences in terms of fatalities, injuries and economic losses. Aside from traditional safety-concept in structural engineering - ie the loads and resistance - the robustness issues for unforeseen and unexpected actions will be addressed.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide a meeting point and discussion forum to any professional interested in the theme. These include engineers, architects, researchers, actuarial mathematicians and officials working with large structures.
Keynote presentations are invited from the viewpoint that it is useful to learn from structural failures that occurred in the past, as well as to adopt new ideas from disciplines other than structural engineering.
Presentations selected from the open call-for-papers will be engaged more strictly with the structural engineering, but include robustness theme to address unforeseen and unexpected events and actions. The workshop includes sessions for general discussion where the state-of-the art can be reviewed, and future initiatives and actions can be put forward.