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A short course on structural safety analysis and reliability based design

13-16 July 2009, University of Edinburgh
C S Manohar, Professor of Structural Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.



Lecture Theatre 1, Sanderson Building, The King’s Buildings, The University of Edinburgh.


Uncertainties are ubiquitous in structural engineering. Civil engineering structures are to be designed for loads created by environmental actions like earthquakes and wind. These actions are exceptionally uncertain in their manifestations. Materials used in civil engineering constructions also display wide scatter in their engineering properties. Structural engineering activities, on one hand, lead to increase in societal wealth, and, on the other hand, these activities also make society vulnerable to risks. A structural engineer is required to quantify the risks and benefits involved. The subject of structural reliability offers a rational framework to quantify uncertainties mathematically. The subject combines theories of probability, random variables and random processes with principles of structural mechanics and forms the basis on which modern structural design codes are developed. The present course aims to introduce the basics of the structural reliability analysis procedures and demonstrate how these procedures could be combined with the finite element modeling of structures. The course would consist of lectures and discussions spread over 4 days with two sessions (09:30-12:30 and 13:30-16:30 hours) per day.

Syllabus and Programme


  1. A Papoulis, 1991, Probability, random variables and stochastic processes, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  2. H O Madsen, S Krenk and N C Lind, 1986, Methods of structural safety, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
  3. R E Melchers, 1999, Structural reliability: analysis and prediction, 2nd Edition, John Wiley, Chichester.
  4. Haldar, A., and Mahadevan, S. (2000). Reliability assessment using stochastic finite element analysis. John Wiley and Sons, New York.

About the Instructor

C S Manohar is a Professor of structural engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India (Email: Web: ). His research interests are in the areas of structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, uncertainty modeling, nonlinear phenomena and structural system identification. He has published 55 papers in refereed journals in these areas. He is a member of editorial board of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics and also is the associate editor of International Journal of Engineering Under Uncertainty and ISET Journal of Earthquake Technology. Within India, his work has been supported by many establishments that include: Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Defense R&D Organization, Indian Space Research Organization, and Indian Railways. He has supervised 5 PhD and 15 MS theses works and 25 ME projects. He was a research assistant at the University of Oxford (1991-93) and has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Delaware and The Johns Hopkins University, USA. He enjoys teaching.


The course will be offered free to members of ERPem and National Telford Institute, including lunch and coffee etc. The number of free places are limited and those interested should register by 7 July, 2009.

Non-members of ERPem and National Telford Institute are welcome to attend. A course fee of £250 will be charged at registration. Lunch and coffee will be provided to all registered participants during breaks.

To register, please email Mrs Margaret Taylor with your full name, contact details (email address and telephone number) and affiliation including position (academic staff, research staff, student etc.) with full address of the Institution you belong to.


For registration

Mrs Margaret Taylor
Telephone: 0131 6505719

For general information

Professor Asif Usmani
Telephone: 0131 6505789

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