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International Webinars

Scheduled International Webinars

A series of free Webinars in English covering different aspects of the Seismic Analysis Masonry Structures, led by Professors and Researchers of the University of Pavia, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

– Thursday December 15th at 16:00 (Italian time – UTC+1):
“Seismic analysis of masonry buildings in historical city centres”
Lecturer: Professor Gabriele Guerrini, Civil Engineering and Architecture Dept. (University of Pavia, Italy)

Historical city centers are often characterized by building aggregates, where adjacent structural units share some structural walls. Different construction times and techniques, as well as practical difficulties in collecting information about all structural units in an aggregate, make their interaction challenging to understand and model. This webinar will focus on some of these issues.

Past International Webinars

– Thursday November 17th at 16:00 (Italian time – UTC+1):
“Vulnerability of existing masonry buildings under induced seismicity”
Lecturer: Dr. Stefano Bracchi, Researcher at EUCENTRE Foundation (Pavia, Italy)

This webinar will present a comprehensive study on the vulnerability of masonry buildings subjected to seismicity induced by gas extractions. Several experimental tests carried out at various scales, ranging from single components to entire buildings, will be discussed. The use of these results to develop reliable equivalent-frame numerical models will be finally discussed.

– Thursday October 20th at 16:00 (Italian time – UTC+1):
“Innovative strengthening solutions for masonry structures”
Lecturer: Professor Gabriele Guerrini, Civil Engineering and Architecture Dept. (University of Pavia, Italy)

This webinar will focus on new strengthening techniques for masonry walls, based on the application of FRCM materials or timber elements. Experimental findings and analytical tools will be presented.

– Thursday September 29th at 16:00 (Italian time – UTC+1):
“Improving connections against local mechanisms in masonry buildings”
Lecturer: Professor Gabriele Guerrini, Civil Engineering and Architecture Dept. (University of Pavia, Italy)

Global seismic analyses of masonry buildings rely on the assumption that local mechanisms are inhibited. However, these mechanisms have often been responsible of major damage and collapses in past earthquakes. This webinar will discuss some retrofit solutions to prevent their activation, by improving connections among intersecting walls and between walls and diaphragms

– Thursday September 15th at 16:00 (Italian time – UTC+1):
“Equivalent-frame modelling of masonry buildings with irregular opening layout”
Lecturer: Ms Chiara Morandini, Structural Engineer and PhD Candidate in Design, Modelling and Simulation in Engineering (University of Pavia, Italy)

This webinar will discuss some of the main issues with the equivalent-frame discretisation of walls with irregular opening distributions. Several cases will be analysed and practical solutions will be proposed.

Thursday June the 9th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1)
New design and retrofit of existing masonry buildings based on non-linear static analysis.
Lecturer: PHD Student Chiara Morandini.

This webinar will discuss some nonlinear static analysis strategies to assist with the retrofit of existing masonry buildings and the design of new structures. Reference will be made to the Eurocodes and other national codes.

Wednesday May the 25th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1)
2nd International Online Event – 3Muri Project: “Seismic assessment strategies for masonry structures: models, tools and case studies”

chaired by Prof. Andrea Penna (Full Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy)

With the participation of Professors, Engineers and Expert in the field of Structural and Seismic engineering:

  • Prof. Rita Bento “Nonlinear seismic analysis of stone masonry buildings using 3Muri – An application to a Historic Building” (Full Prof. of Structural Eng., University of Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Prof. Naida Ademovic “Assessment of masonry structures after 2020 earthquakes in Croatia” (Associate Prof., Ph.D., AMSc, MSc, BCEng., University of Sarajevo).
  • Prof. Dr. Roko Žarnić “Assessment of 1886 monument building at Mirogoj, Zagreb Cemetery affected by 2020 earthquake-case study of structural alterations” (Full Prof. at Fac. of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana).
  • Dr. Anastasios Tsiavos “Synergetic design, assessment and retrofitting approaches for sustainable and resilient communities” (Lecturer in Earthquake Eng., CAS ETH SER Programme Coordinator, Member of the Working Group ‘Seismic’ in the Building Code Committee SIA 261 ‘Actions on Structures’ of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects – SIA).
  • Dr. Ana Simões “Seismic vulnerability assessment of masonry buildings in Portugal”
    (Repr. of 3Muri in Portugal; Researcher at CERIS – Civil Eng. Research and Innovation for Sustainability, Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal; Structural Eng. at Barraferros, Lda).
  • Dr. Stylianos Kallioras “Numerical assessment of the seismic behaviour of masonry buildings subjected to the 2012 Emilia Earthquake”
    (MSCA-IF Researcher at European Commission. Researcher in the fields of Earthquake Engineering and Buildings Energy Performance).
  • Dr. Georgios Papadopoulos “Significant masonry buildings in northern Greece”
    (Structural Eng., MSc. at Statoras P.C. and PhD. Student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the research field of structural dynamics for stone masonry).
  • Mr. Marco Tondelli “Modelling timber-based strengthening for URM buildings”
    (Structural/Seismic Eng. – Consultant in the field of structural and seismic engineering. Coordinator at Sismica360).
  • Dr. Jacopo Scacco “Limit analysis of masonry arches: theory and practice”
    (PhD in Civil Engineer Specialized in masonry structures, Software Analyst at S.T.A. DATA).
Thursday May the 19th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1)
Nonlinear static analysis of masonry structures: current and refined assessment methods.
Lecturer: Professor Gabriele Guerrini.

This webinar will discuss common verification approaches associated with nonlinear static analysis in the Eurocode and other national codes. Typical issues of these methods will be stressed, emerging from their application to masonry structures. Improved, more accurate methods will be finally presented.

Thursday April the 14th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1)
Global and local analysis of masonry buildings.
Lecturer: P.D. Researcher Stefano Bracchi.
This webinar will discuss some nonlinear static analysis strategies to assist with the retrofit of existing masonry buildings and the design of new structures. Reference will be made to the Eurocodes and other national codes. Focus will then move to nonlinear static and linear kinematic analysis, representing the methods most commonly adopted in practice.
Tuesday April the 12th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1)
Masonry structures reinforcements: examples with 3Muri and Kerakoll systems.
Lecturer: Mr Davide Campanini, Civil Engineer (Kerakoll S.p.a.) and Mr Davide Seni, Engineer (S.T.A. DATA S.r.l.)..
TThursday February the 10th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1) Seismic vulnerability assessment and mitigation of existing masonry buildings.
Lecturer: Professor Gabriele Guerrini..
Thursday March the 10th 2022 – 16:00 (Italian time – GMT+1) Survey and knowledge of existing masonry structures.
Lecturer: P.D. Researcher Stefano Bracchi.

In this webinar the concept of knowledge of a masonry building for the purpose of seismic evaluation with non-linear static analysis will be discussed. Reference will be made to the Eurocode and other national codes. The concept of confidence factors will be discussed as well as the most common in situ tests to obtain information about material properties