Short Course on Advanced Seismic Design of Concrete Bridges

Pavia, July 13-17, 2015

Objectives of the course

The main objective of this course is to familiarize Structural Engineers with current research advances on the seismic design and analysis of bridges.
At the end of the course, Structural Engineers should be able to:
- Understand integration of bridge functional requirements with seismic design.
- Conduct simplified seismic design and learn about implications of a poor seismic bridge design from previous earthquakes;
- Understand the limitations, apply different design methods such as force based and displacement based design;
- Learn about capacity design principles and detailing of bridge piers and connections to deck and abutments;
- Conduct seismic design of integral bridges under different soil conditions and understanding the interaction with other loads such as temperature, creep and shrinkage;
- Conduct seismic design (preliminary and detailed) of ABC bridge piers ranging from emulative cast-in-place to low-damage;
- Learn fundamentals of base isolation and foundation rocking: design principles and dissipation devices;
- Be familiar with the detailing complexities through the review of real case studies.

The course is taught by Dr. Alessandro Palermo, from the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

About the instructor

Dr. Palermo obtained his Master of Science and Doctorate from the Technical University of Milan, Italy; after spending one year at University of Canterbury as fix-term lecturer (2004-2005), he has been appointed as Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Milan until 2009.
Since June 2009 He is faculty member at the University of Canterbury, as Associate Professor/Reader in structural and earthquake engineering. Alessandro is currently on sabbatical as Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich; in the first six months he also worked as senior bridge engineer at OPUS International Consultants, Auckland, New Zealand. Alessandro’s research areas of interest are mainly focused on structural bridge engineering, where he is currently course coordinator of a post-graduate course. His expertise is particularly focused on implementation of seismic low-damage technologies for precast concrete bridges and post-tensioned timber buildings. Within the recent New Zealand earthquakes he has been heavily involved in reconnaissance of Canterbury bridges. He launched and currently coordinates the Canterbury Bridge Group that comprises more than seventy bridge practitioners from the Canterbury area.
Alessandro is author of more than 200 international and national conference and journal papers, 3 patents and reviewer of several international scientific journals. He has been recently nominated as New Zealand fib Head Delegate and he is member of few task groups. He is council member of the New Zealand Concrete Society, SEI-ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems, and Australian Bridge design standards.
Alessandro has also a broad consulting experience ranging from bridges to post-tensioned low damage timber buildings and is currently Principle of a University spin-off company. In 2013, He was 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ivan Skinner Award for recent advances in earthquake engineering. He has also been co-awarded with other colleagues the University of Canterbury Innovation Medal in 2013 for his research and real practice implementation of post-tensioned timber technology. 


Further Information

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