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CSIC's Annual Lecture for 2014 now available for viewing

last modified May 15, 2014 11:35 AM

The CSIC Annual Lecture for 2014 was recently delivered by one of our highly distinguished CSIC International Advisory Group and is now available for viewing and download HERE.

Assessing Complex Structures:

Faster, Lighter, Higher, Longer, Safer, Cheaper

Professor Bill Spencer, Jr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Over the centuries, exceptional engineers, architects and builders have created structures that elegantly work in harmony with the elements, carrying gravity and wind forces, and that stand as historical landmarks that connect us to past generations.

Changing expectations mean that structures are required to be taller, longer, more irregular, lighter, cheaper and safer. To deliver this, engineers, researchers, analysts and experimentalists require new approaches to innovative structural design and advanced assessment tools.

The 2014 CSIC Lecture highlighted some of the leaps that have been made in testing and analysing critical structural components. Successful projects presented by Professor Spencer illustrated recent advances and innovations, pointing towards future challenges and opportunities.

Prof Bill Spencer, Jr. is the Director of the Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory and the Multi-axial Full-scale Substructure Testing and Simulation (MUST-SIM) facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of ASCE, the North American Editor in Chief of Smart Structures and Systems, and the past president of the Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Research in Smart Structures Technology.