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Research Talk "Dynamic identification analysis for risk prevention of historical buildings through innovative monitoring techniques"

Research talk "Dynamic identification analysis for risk prevention of historical buildings through innovative monitoring techniques", May 24th, 2019 - 12:00-13:00, room G129

We would like to inform you about the research talk that will be delivered by Prof. Dora Foti, from Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy, entitled “Dynamic identification analysis for risk prevention of historical buildings through innovative monitoring techniques”, that will take place Friday, May 24th, between 12:00 and 13:00 in room G129 (sala Prof. Joaquim Sarmento). The summary of the talk along with a short biography of Prof. Foti are included here:

Dynamic identification analysis for risk prevention of historical buildings through innovative monitoring techniques: Architectural heritage is an important part of the history and identity of any country, contributing to its economy and wellbeing. On the other side, ancient buildings suffer a high vulnerability to dynamic loads, which may induce an unpredictable partial or total collapse. Recent past earthquakes and experience strongly evidence this problem. The present seminar is focused on theoretical and, especially, applicative aspects concerning structural monitoring, seismic vulnerability assessment, strengthening and repair of historical buildings.

In particular, case-studies on historical buildings will be presented. Results from the European Project Greece-Italy “SMART BUILT”, coordinated by Prof. Dora Foti, will be included too. They are four case studies of historical buildings located both in Italy (Trani) and in Greece (Corfu), both representing the typical Mediterranean architecture.

The structures will be principally subjected to environmental forces; also one case-study tested by external artificial forces will be presented.

The historical buildings will be described, experimentally identified and modelled by a calibrated FE model in order to know their “wellness state” with respect to the strength to seismic and environmental actions. In this way, the potentiality of new experimental non-destructive techniques in the structural health monitoring are presented; the goal is to convey one of the main themes that characterize the knowledge of the vulnerability of buildings and historical heritage.

Dora Foti graduated in 1987 at Polytechnic University of Bari and got her European Ph.D. at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain in 1998. She is currently Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bari. In the field of teaching, she has held courses mainly in Construction Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Bridge Constructions, Building consolidation and Static Restoration for Architecture. He has held lectures and seminars in numerous professional training courses as well as at Italian and foreign universities and research institutes. She is the author of over 200 scientific publications in the field of Structural Engineering, where she mainly developed the topics related to the seismic behavior of structures, the study of seismic protection of structures, vulnerability and damage assessment of historical buildings, dynamic identification of buildings and infrastructures, masonry structures, innovative materials for constructions. She has been invited speaker in numerous seminars both in Italy and abroad. She has coordinated several national (PRIN, PON, Strategic, ReLuis, etc.) and international scientific projects (Interreg Greece-Italy, ECOEST, SERIES, SERA, Projects of the Spanish Ministry). She has also participated in many ERASMUS+ projects as Teaching Staff Mobility both in Europe (Spain, Portugal, Romania, Great Britain) and outside Europe (Chile, Albania, Serbia, Russia). She is an experienced project evaluator on behalf of national and international institutions such as the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan with whom she has been collaborating since 2014. She has been Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993-1994, at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain) from 1996 to 1999, at the Pontificia Universidad de Chile in 2017. She is Associate Editor of International Journals like the International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering (IASE), Advances in Computational Design (ACD), The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, as well as being a member of the Scientific Committee of several International conferences.

Those interested in the topic are invited to participate.