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"Finite Element Stability Analysis" by Prof. Vaughan Griffiths (Colorado School of Mines,USA)

When May 01, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Graduate Union
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Seminar overview:

The seminar will highlight the benefits of the finite element method for geotechnical stability analysis. Topics covered in the talk will include:

▪ A review of 3D slope stability analysis and the analysis of “long” slopes

▪ A novel formulation that enables a direct analytical comparison to be made between load and resistance factors in stability analysis of slopes and foundations

▪ A correction to a classical paper on slope stability with linearly increasing undrained strength

 

Biography:

Vaughan Griffiths’s interests lie in application of finite element and risk assessment methodologies in civil engineering. His research papers include some of the most highly cited in the geotechnical engineering research literature. He is the co-author of three textbooks that have gone into multiple editions including the Chinese language on “Programming the Finite Element Method”, “Risk assessment in Geotechnical Engineering” and “Numerical Methods for Engineers”. He gives regular short-courses on Risk Assessment in Geotechnical engineering for practitioners, with recent offerings in China, New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, Norway, Canada and the USA. Professor Griffiths is a former ASCE Director, an editor-inchief of Computers and Geotechnics, and was on the Advisory Panel of Géotechnique from 2012-2018. In 2017, he received the H. Bolton Seed Medal from the ASCE/GeoInstitute and was named the Cross-Canada Lecturer by the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

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Bhavika Ramrakhyani (Costain) - title to be confirmed

When May 29, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where TBC
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"Preservation of historic towers in Venice: the instructive monitoring driven intervention on the foundations of the Frari bell tower" by Prof. Guido Gottardi (University of Bologna)

When Jun 12, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Gordon Cameron Lecture Theatre, Fitzwilliam College
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Seminar overview:

Preservation interventions on historic structures must be designed in full respect of all their features. An emblematic example is represented by the multiphase intervention carried out on the bell tower of the Frari Basilica, the second tallest in Venice. The tower suffers from a slow but constant differential settlement with respect to the adjacent masonry structures of the Basilica. Modern remedial measures have been therefore implemented, first on the foundations – using a ground improvement intervention by fracture grouting – and then on the elevation structure. The seminar aims at highlighting: i) the strategy of improving the overall safety without altering the original structure, ii) the innovative methodology of a modular design, constantly driven by the outcome of an extensive real-time monitoring system of the soil-structure interaction. deaths.

Biography:

Guido Gottardi, Ph.D. @ Turin Polytechnic, Marie Curie Research Fellow @ Oxford and Southampton, Full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering @ DICAM - University of Bologna (Italy). Vice President of the Italian Group of Geotechnical Engineering (GNIG). Member of TC301, ISSMGE technical committee on “Preservation of Historic Sites”. Author and co-author of more than 150 scientific papers, his early research work was focused on physical and analytical modelling of the behaviour of shallow foundations. More recently, he has been involved in the stability analysis of historic towers.

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