Commission 5
Existing Structures

 

Objectives

C5 is dedicated to enhance existing methods and develop new tools for an economically efficient, environment-friendly, and socially reconcilable decision-making process on existing bridges and other structures. To this end the insights gained from both pre- and post mortem investigation of structures will be used, effectively combining forensics with diagnostics. The commission strives to establish performance goals that are in compliance with the societal values that can be compared to measurable key performance indicators. By considering the long-term aspects, C5 seeks to enhance methods that allow definition of intervention strategies for different types of structures. These methods need to be tailored for different levels of data availability as these can vary from simple inventory lists to comprehensive information models (BIM). The commission will not just deal with structural engineers, but will work to involve more people representing different stakeholders from around the globe, such as owners and operators.

 

 

Field of Activity

In the short-term period, C5 will focus on the following activities, which will be facilitated via Task Group deployments:

I) Organizing pre-conference courses/sessions dedicated to forensic engineering knowledge, methodology and techniques. Other relevant topics such as ethical or legal issues may also be explored.

b) Definition of key performance indicators.

c) Organization and data requirements related to diagnostics (Assessment, Examination & Inspections).

d) Survey of existing structure management systems with focus on implemented decision-making models.

e) Seismic retrofitting of cultural heritage structures, including seismic assessment of existing building and related decision making.

In achieving its goals, C5 also plans to establish liaison with other organizations such as IABMAS, TRB (in particular, Bridge Management Committee), buildingSMART, EuroStruct (European Association on Quality Control of Bridges and Structures), COST 1406 and FIB.

Current Task Groups under Commission 5
TG5.1 Forensic Structural Engineering
Chair: John Duntemann, USA

TG5.2 Key Performance Indicators: Definition
Chair: Jose Matos, Portugal

TG5.3 Diagnostics: Organization and Data Requirements
Chair: Jan Bien, Poland


TG5.4 Structure Management Systems (SMS): Survey on Implemented Decision-making Models
Chair: Poul Linneberg, Denmark


TG5.5 Conservation and Seismic Strengthening / Retrofitting of Existing Unreinforced Masonry Structures
Chair: Andreas Lampropoulos, UK

 

 

 

 
  Chair  
  Rade Hajdin, Switzerland  
     
  Vice Chair  
  Jose Campos e Matos, Portugal  
     
  Core Members  
  Airong Chen, China  
  Milos Drdacky, Czech Republic  
  Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy  
  Bruno Godart, France  
  Christian Honeger, Austria  
  Kristian Schellenberg, Switzerland  
  John Duntemann, USA  
     
  Ex-officio  
  Tomasz Kaminski, Poland  
  Poul Linneberg, Denmark  
  Andreas Lampropoulos, UK