Life-Cycle of Bridges and Infrastructure Networks - EUROSTRUCT

by EuroStruct 2018
2 weeks ago

Short Bio
Fabio Biondini, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, is Professor of Structural Engineering and Chair of the Civil Engineering Degree Programs at Politecnico di Milano. He is founding Director of the post-graduate Master in Engineering and Integrated Management of Highway Networks, issued jointly by Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino. His research interests cover several topics, including life-cycle risk, reliability, robustness, redundancy, and resilience of deteriorating structures and infrastructure systems, with emphasis on bridges and bridge networks, authoring 300+ scientific publications. He is co-founder and Executive Board member of IALCCE, Executive Committee member of IABMAS, and served in leadership roles several international scientific and technical committees. He is recipient of honors and awards from academic institutions and professional associations, including IABMAS, IABSE, IALCCE, IFIP, SEI & ASCE.

Many studies and news in recent years have raised concerns and alarms about the detrimental impact of aging, fatigue, and deterioration processes on civil structures and infrastructure systems, particularly bridges and transportation networks, and warned about the substantial underinvestment in infrastructure repair and maintenance. This is becoming a major problem in most developed countries because huge stocks of bridges and infrastructure facilities built over the past 50 years are rapidly approaching the end of the service life. The scale of repair or replacement needs is remarkably large and represents a key obstacle to sustainable development of countries. This challenge is exacerbated by climate change effects, which may alter the system exposure to environmental hazards and increase the degradation rate. To face these problems, bridge engineering is undergoing a profound change towards a life-cycle-oriented approach and embracing a systemic vision at infrastructure scale. This paradigm shift is of key importance to consolidate and enhance criteria, methods and procedures to protect, maintain and improve the safety, durability, robustness, functionality, and disaster resilience of critical infrastructure systems. Risk-based management and prioritization frameworks are also necessary in this context to rationally allocate available resources and ensure optimal planning of bridge inspection, monitoring, and maintenance activities at infrastructure scale. A review of research advances and accomplishments, including results of recent research projects and case studies, is presented in this talk to address the current status and future prospects in life-cycle of aging bridges and infrastructure networks.

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Deadline: 07/05/2021 @ 16:00 CET

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