10:00 AM, 30 August 2017

Uni Sydney's Prof Brian Uy on the road from design to reliable structures Keynote @ MIC 2017

Trends show the number of buildings and building height to be increasing, pushing the need for more skilled engineers, equipped with better tools to evaluate and guarantee the safety and performance of such buildings.

Design standards that lead to reliable structures are imperative for modern infrastructure. This paper will provide the background to the development of the new Australia-New Zealand standard for Composite Steel-Concrete Buildings, AS/NZS 2327.

New design approaches = new Standard 
As part of the significant development of this standard which deals with composite slabs, beams, columns and systems, a range of reliability studies were carried out in accordance with ISO 2394.

Although composite steel-concrete structures have been used in practice for over a century, the rapid advances in materials and innovative systems has required a rational approach to the development of prescriptive design approaches.

Reliability studies on shear connectors, composite beams and composite columns were carried out to ensure that the effects of material variations and the effects of model inaccuracy are able to be reflected. These studies will be highlighted in this paper.

Developments on reliability of shear connectors, composite beams and columns
Furthermore, international developments in this area, in particular in Europe, the USA and Australasia has also highlighted the need for the development of databases of test data, which can be used by code developers in the future. Some brief examples of this will be given in this presentation.

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Brian Uy is Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. He was previously Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety (CIES) in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of New South Wales from 2013-2016 and was awarded a Scientia Professorship from 2017-2022. Brian also holds an Adjunct Professor role within the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW, Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)).


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