Talk about Sustainability and Resiliency of Cities, Campuses and Communities
Dr David Bristow, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure, spoke at the TEDxUTSC.
For further information please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpODOkfrwyQ
Recent Research on Data Assimilation and Analysis of Site-Inspection Results for Bridge Decks
Professor Maekawa gave a presentation about his latest work in the area of bridge deck maintenance and data assimilation from site-inspection along with nonlinear analysis. Prof. Maekawa is a world-leader in the area of modelling and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures and this presentation provided the latest Japanese methods as applied to these areas.
For further information please refer to our RRDAA flyer.
An Introduction to DART – The Disaster Assistance Response Team
This lecture is presented by Colonel Ed Izatt, the commander of the DART, Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. DART will be introduced and the realities of its employment within Canada’s foreign policy discussed. The talk is of interest to anyone thinking about NGO or overseas development and emergency response.
Structural Control and Base Isolation Systems – Tuned Liquid Dampers and Fiber Reinforced Elastomeric Isolators
Presented by Professor Michael Tait, this talk discusses how structural control systems can be used to design and build safe and functional structures that are economical to construct and maintain. Structural control systems, which include dynamic vibration absorbers and seismic isolators, are rapidly emerging as a cost effective design solution.
For further information please refer to our SCBIS flyer.
Minimal-Disturbance Seismic Rehabilitation of Steel Moment-Resisting Frames Using Light-Weight Steel Elements
Presented by Ms. Miho Sato, this talk shows a rehabilitation technique developed under the scheme of minimal-disturbance, which allows for the continuous usage of buildings, keeps existing openings and sight lines, and restrains dramatic increase of force demand to the original frame. This seminar was held on October 6, 2014.
For further information please refer to our MDSR flyer.
Performance of Base-Isolated Buildings Subject to Near-Fault Ground Motion
Presented by Dr. Deepak Pant, this talk discusses issues ranging from selection and scaling of near-fault ground motion to the effects of seismic pounding on the performance of base-isolated reinforced concrete buildings. This seminar was held on September 29, 2014 between 12pm and 1pm at the University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room 117, located at 35 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A4.
For further information please refer to our PBIB flyer.
Displacement Based Seismic Design of Structures
Presented by G. Michele Calvi, Professor of Structural Design at the University Institute for Superior Studies (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy and Tim Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Pavia and head of the Design Methods section at the EUCENTRE (European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering), this seminar presents the fundamentals and application of seismic design based on damage-controlled limit-states.
For further information please refer to our DBSDS flyer.
Assessment and Reduction of Risk Caused by Natural Catastrophes
Presented by G. Michele Calvi, Professor of Structural Design and Paolo Bazzurro, Professor of Hazard and Risk Assessment, both at the University Institute for Superior Studies (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy, this seminar presents the fundamentals of risk and hazard assessment, tools to evaluate risks for specific structure types as well as strategies and measures for risk reduction.
For further information please refer to our ARRCNC flyer.
Critical Infrastructure Resilience
Infrastructure Resilience is an extension of organizational resilience, which is defined as “the positive ability of a system or company to adapt itself to the consequences of a catastrophic failure caused by power outage, a fire, a bomb or similar” event. To be resilient, a structure must be able to absorb or adapt to the incident/event allowing the functions that it contains or enables to continue unimpeded or to recover within a specified amount of time. The infrastructure and the operations that it supports are indivisible. This seminar explores that relationship.
Discourses on the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
Five essays are provided for pre-reading. They are not complete research papers, nor indeed conclusive arguments. They are “thought pieces” that present a simple hypothesis, intended to stimulate discussion. Deliberately provocative at times with the occasional tangent, the presented argument demands reasoned and balanced response. The reader is encouraged to read and consider each essay in turn, read further into the subjects presented and so prepare for seminar discussion. The essays each pertain to a different seminar. The seminars are sequenced to promote progressive understanding of the context and application of the infrastructure engineering practise.
New Multi-Scale Modelling Approaches to Assess Wind Effects on Buildings
Presented by Girma.T. Bitsuamlak, Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering, Associate Professor and Associate Director, WindEEE Research Institute, Western University, London, On, Canada, this seminar presents new modeling approaches to assess wind effects on structures. The seminar was held on March 12, 2014 between 3pm and 4pm at the University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room 221, located at 35 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A4.
For further information please refer to our seminar flyer.