Mini‐Symposia

MS1: Life‐Cycle Performance of Structural Systems under Multiple Hazards

Structural systems, due to their inherent vulnerability, are at risk from aging, fatigue and deterioration processes due to aggressive chemical attacks and other physical damage mechanisms. The detrimental effects of these phenomena can lead over time to unsatisfactory structural performance under service loadings or accidental actions and extreme events, such as natural hazards and manmade disasters.read more


MS2: Vibration-based health monitoring,
damage identification and residual lifetime estimation

This mini-symposium deals with vibration-based health monitoring, damage identification and residual lifetime estimation for civil engineering structures such as bridges and viaducts, buildings, wind turbines, towers, masts, etc.
In vibration-based structural health monitoring and damage identification (detection, localization, quantification, and prognosis), an attempt is made to identify structural damage from vibration data of a structure.read more


MS3: Life-Cycle Performance Assessment of Civil Engineering Systems

Civil engineering systems in an aggressive environment deteriorate with time due to the environmental stressors. In case of RC structures in a marine environment, corrosion is initiated by chloride contamination if the structures have poor quality concrete and/or
inadequate concrete cover. Reinforcement corrosion in concrete is the predominant factor for the premature deterioration of RC structures, leading to structural failure.read more


MS4: Life cycle engineering for hydraulic structures, levees, and other water related infrastructure

A large amount of civil infrastructure has water related functions: flood control, marine, drinking water, sewage, etc. Considerable investments are required for building, renovating and maintaining these infrastructures. Most of them serve more than one function, and have more than one owner / manager, complicating their life cycle management. This mini symposium will focus on water related infrastructure like dikes and dunes, bridge pillars, sluices, retaining walls, sewage and drinking water, harbor infrastructures, reservoirs and dams, etc.read more


MS5: Building Information Models (BIM) for the lifecycle

The use of Building Information Models in construction industry is growing rapidly. Contractors and engineering companies use BIM-models mainly to reduce failure cost and to increase efficiency during construction. 3D-models play an important role in BIM.
During the design phase, long before construction starts, a virtual (usually) 3D-model is built. This virtual representation is used to detect flaws in design, but also provide a basis for an automated logistic building process. read more


MS6: Issues and challenges in real-world applications of structural health monitoring

Structural health monitoring (SHM) has been evaluated by bridge owners, as well as those in industry, as a method with potential to improve the safety and reliability of structures and thereby reduce their operational cost. SHM technology is perceived as a revolutionary method of determining the integrity of structures, combining multidisciplinary fields involving sensors, materials, signal processing, system integration and signal interpretation.read more


MS7: Life-Cycle Maintenance Technology and Management System for Concrete Roads in Severe Chloride Environment Region

Concrete roads in severe environmental conditions typically deteriorate in 20-30 years due to the strong sea breeze and the use of de-icing salts. However, the budget for local governments is limited, and insufficient to cover the costs for maintenance. In addition, an engineer lacks knowledge of proper inspection methods, damage analyses and efficient repair.
Based on the above background, maintenance techniques and management systems to support proper decision making should be developed.  read more


 MS8: Construction in the context sustainable development

Ageing constructions, end‐of‐life questions are challenging tasks in the context sustainable development. European normative activity is focusing on the life‐cycle perspective of assets in real-estate and construction. This means an upcoming strong demand of impact reduction of structures, infrastructure and construction also from the legislative side with a life‐cycle focus. read more


MS9: Modeling time-dependent behavior and deterioration of concrete

In recent years topics such as robustness, resilience, sustainability, life-cycle assessment have shifted into the focus of engineering societies. Many concepts have been developed. Yet, accurate and physically based prediction models and modeling concepts for the time dependent behavior and deterioration of concrete which are quintessential inputs are still scarce. This Mini Symposium will provide a forum for international experts and researchers to discuss recent developments in modeling time-dependent phenomena relevant to concrete structures.  read more


 MS10: Assessment of structural capacity by proof loading

Assessment of the structural capacity of existing concrete structures becomes increasingly important for several reasons. In the Netherlands many bridges were built in the decades of the European reconstruction after the Second World War. These structures are now approaching the end of the service life they were originally designed for. Additionally, the current design codes impose higher live load and stricter capacity calculation to the structures.  read more


MS11: Reliability analysis of structural systems and reliability-based optimal design and assessment

This mini-symposium deals with the reliability-based optimal design and assessment of structures and structural systems. Typical engineering problems such as design, assessment, inspection, maintenance planning and decommissioning may be realized to be decision problems subject to a combination of inherent, modeling and statistical uncertainties.
Rational design decisions cannot be made without modelling them and taking them into account.read more

 


MS12: Integrative monitoring for the life-cycle performance of engineering structures.

 


Integrative monitoring concepts become more and more important in the structural health diagnosis and prognosis, and life-cycle performance assessment of engineering structures. Integrative monitoring comprises early age inspection and damage detection methods as well as long term monitoring measures among others that supports in the intervention planning (e.g., maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement) for new and existing structures. This mini symposium will provide a forum for international experts and researchers to discuss recent developments in integrative monitoring, for instance the development of smart monitoring systems, structural health diagnosis and prognosis approaches, in life-cycle performance assessment associated with monitoring based reliability methods. Integrative monitoring concepts become more and more important in the structural health diagnosis and prognosis, and life-cycle performance assessment of engineering structures.read more