Short Course on Dynamics and Vibration of Structures

Presented by:

  • Nelson Lam (MIStructE, MICE)

  • Nicholas Haritos (FIEAust CPEng)

  • Emad Gad (FIEAust)

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This half-day workshop gives structural engineers an insight into the very specialised area of dynamics and vibration of structures which is not always well covered in undergraduate degree programs in civil engineering. Emphasis is on understanding fundamental principles and the use of hand calculations for checking results from the computer. Physical models will be used to illustrate structural dynamics phenomena and the measurement of vibrations. The three speakers are well known experts in this field.


course outline

Course Presenters:


Nelson Lam (MIStructE, MICE) 

Nelson Lam is Reader in civil engineering at The University of Melbourne and has some 30 years of experience in professional practice and research in earthquake and structural engineering. In the past 25 years, he has been working in the specialised field of earthquake engineering and impact dynamics. He is member of the sub-committee which continuously develops the Australian Standard for Seismic Actions. Meanwhile, he has been appointed member of the Earthquake Engineering Advisory Group to the London Headquarter of the Institution of Structural Engineers. On the teaching side he is recipient of the Engineers Australia Structural Branch – Victoria Division’s 2012 Award for Teaching Excellence and is co-ordinator of higher degree programs in civil/structural engineering at The University of Melbourne. 


Nicholas Haritos (FIEAust CPEng) 

Nick Haritos has been a long serving staff member at The University of Melbourne. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the structural dynamics of land-based and offshore structures and in the use of dynamic testing techniques, such as experimental modal analysis in structural health monitoring and condition assessment especially in road & footbridge applications. He has more than 35 years of experience in academia, research and in specialist consulting. He has served on a number of technical committees including, IEAust (Structures Branch, Vic), SIA-Vic (formerly AISC), SAA BD63 committee, the ISOPE (Hydrodynamics special interest group) amongst others. 


Emad Gad (FIEAust) 

Emad Gad is Professor and Chair of Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to his current appointment he worked at Melbourne University and CSIRO. He has some 15 years of experience in structural dynamics, vibration, testing and finite element modelling. He is a member of several standards committees and technical groups focusing on enhancement of structural design for both residential and commercial buildings. He is an appointed member of the Building Advisory Council, past Chair of the Structural Branch (Engineers Australia – Vic) and Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering. 

This short course will run from 1:30 - 5:30pm in the Ian Potter & Stillwell Rooms at Graduate House at The University of Melbourne, Carlton

Registration & Payment:

This short course is $350 to attend (including afternoon tea) and is limited to 50 seats. Please purchase your ticket (via Eventbrite) by clicking the button below. You will receive a tax receipt for your transaction. Registration and payment is due no later than Monday 15 September 2014.

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A PDF flyer for this short course can be accessed here.