Short Course on Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Strategies for Reinforced Concrete Buildings

Pavia, June 5 to 9, 2017

Objectives of the course

The short course intends to provide the students/attendees with basic information and background on seismic assessment procedures, strengthening/retrofitting strategies and techniques for reinforced concrete buildings. At the end of this short course, the students would be expected to have gained familiarity with: 

  1. the general concepts and principles underpinning seismic assessment and retrofit approaches, according to a performance-based philosophy; 
  2. the relevant existing literature at national and international level for either assessment and retrofit, based on experimental, numerical, analytical studies and observations/reports from post-earthquake recognisance missions;
  3. the general potentiality, as well as limitations, of a range of strengthening retrofit solutions, either based on traditional or more recently developed techniques. 

The course is taught by Prof. Stefano Pampanin, from University of Canterbury and University of Rome "La Sapienza".

About the instructor

Stefano Pampanin is Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) of Structural Engineering at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome where he joined in 2015. He has received a Laurea (cum laude) in Civil Structural Engineering at the University of Pavia, a Master in Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in Earthquake Engineering at the Technical University of Milan.
In 2002 he joined as a Senior Lecturer the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch in New Zealand, where he became Professor of Structural Design and Earthquake Engineering and Chair of the Structural and Geotechnical Cluster. He has been President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, NZSEE, (2012- 2014). He has been nominated Fellow of the IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand) in 2015 and of NZSEE in 2017.
In the past two decades, he has been dedicating a signicant effort in the research and development, codification and practical implementation through design and peer review, as well as knowledge-dissemination of innovative solutions for the seismic design of low-damage structural systems in concrete and timber, as well as for the seismic assessment and retrofit of existing reinforced concrete structures.
He has been actively involved in a number of national and international code and technical committees for the preparation of design guidelines, state-of-art, guides for good practice guides and/or design standards on reinforced concrete, precast and prestressed concrete, assessment and retro t, prestressed timber, e.g. fib WG7.4, &7.5, WG7.6, WG 6.10, WG 6.17, ACI440-F, NZS3101:2006 (appendix B), Department of Building and Housing guidelines for the design, assessment and retrofit of hollowcore floors.
As part of the current review of the NZSEE2006 guidelines on “Assessment and Improvement of the Performance of Existing Buildings” he is acting as Task Leader or the section on Reinforced Concrete structures.
He is author of more than 350 scientific publications in the field of earthquake engineering and received several awards for his research activities including the  fib Diploma 2003 for Younger Engineers (under 40-years old) and the 2005 EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award “for the advancement of Earthquake Engineering in NZ” (inaugural recipient).
Following the 22 February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, Prof. Pampanin has played an active role in the recovery and post-earthquake investigation activities. He led the Recovery Project “Seismic Performance of RC Buildings” under the Natural Hazard Research Platform and was part of the Expert Panel of the Department of Building and Housing, investigating the collapse of critical buildings and reporting to the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission of Enquiry. He has been an invited member of the Engineering Reference Group advising the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment on policy making related to the civil design and construction industry sector.

Further Information

Further information can be found in the announcement flyer (registration info., contacts etc.).