MS07 - Recent Advances in Performance-Based Engineering for Single and Multiple Hazards under Current and Changing Climate Conditions

  • Michele Barbato, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.EMI, F.SEI
    Professor of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Co-Director, Climate Adaptation Research Center
    Director, CITRIS Climate Initiative, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
    Tel.: +1 (530) 754-6427


Performance-Based Engineering (PBE) is an established philosophy for design, construction, and maintenance of engineered systems, which is finding recognition in the development of modern design codes. PBE moves from the prescriptive perspective that is common to current design codes and focuses on the engineering system performance from the viewpoints of different stakeholders. In structural engineering, this modern concept and the design methodologies derived from it allow for cost-effective design, construction, and maintenance of facilities under current and changing climate conditions. PBE approaches require to estimate accurately the mechanical response of structures subject to dynamic loadings, and to account rigorously for the uncertainties in material properties, geometry, construction methodologies, modeling assumptions, and loading environment, including effects of climate change. Thus, PBE needs advanced analysis methods that can balance accuracy and cost efficiency requirements. This minisymposium provides an opportunity to present current research findings in dynamic response analysis methods and techniques to assess and promote the performance of real-world structural systems subject to single or multiple natural and man-made hazards. Contributions regarding different sub-fields of structural engineering (such as earthquake, wind, hurricane, blast, and fire engineering) involving both deterministic and probabilistic approaches are welcome. Studies addressing the issues associated with climate change effects and nonstationarity for hazards, vulnerability, structural capacity, and structural performance are particularly welcome. The main objective of this minisymposium is to bring together researchers and engineers active in these topical areas to share their experiences and latest results. Papers that address conceptual, theoretical, computational, and/or methodological developments in both dynamic response analysis and performance assessment/prediction, as well as novel and/or large-scale applications, are appropriate for this minisymposium.

Sponsoring committee

Dynamics Committee
Probabilistic Methods Committee

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