A two-day workshop on Nonlinear Static Methods for Design/Assessment of 3D Structures will be held at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (Instituto Superior Técnico - IST) on 5-6 May 2008. The Workshop is co-chaired by Dr. Rita Bento (IST, Lisbon, Portugal) and Dr. Rui Pinho (University of Pavia, Italy) and is organized within the scope of the Portuguese national research project POCI/ECM/59306/2004, named “Performance-based Seismic Design Procedures”. The main Sponsor of the workshop is thus the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT)
The workshop will bring together a group of earthquake engineering experts from USA, Italy, Greece, Iran, Slovenia and Portugal and its proceedings will be published in the form of an IST Press book.
It is aimed that the Workshop will constitute a forum for the exchange of research results and ideas on Nonlinear Static Analysis procedures and their applicability for the seismic design/assessment of 3D irregular structures. As such, pertinent issues such multi-directional loading, diaphragm modelling effects, multi-modal and adaptive pushover algorithms, etc, will be amongst the topics open to debate and scrutiny.
It is therefore believed that the Workshop will provide a valuable contribution to the further development and implementation of nonlinear static methodologies for the seismic assessment and design of irregular structures that may not be analysed by means of 2D planar models.