Understanding Finite Element Analysis for Concrete Structures

Presented by:

  • Steve Rhodes, Principal Bridge Engineer - LUSAS (London University Stress Analysis System)

Powerful analysis software may be only a click away for most structural engineers – but how can we make good use of it? 

As a precursor to the upcoming one-day seminar held by the Concrete Institute of Australia, this presentation will start to explore issues encountered in modelling concrete structures, from choosing the right approach to understanding the results.  It will consider the most common modelling errors and how to spot them.  

Practical rather than theoretical and general rather than software-specific, this presentation is intended to be accessible to engineers who have limited or no Finite Element experience, as well as offering a new perspective for those who are more established.

Steve Rhodes is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years experience in structures.  Since graduating in 1994, he has mostly been engaged on bridge design and assessment projects, ranging between design of a 450m long launched post-tensioned viaduct to management of a stock of 5,000 existing small and medium-sized structures.  He spent 3 years on the technical support helpline for an FE analysis firm (LUSAS), encountering good and bad practice every day.  Since 2008, he has been writing and delivering training courses internationally.  Steve will be joined by Stewart Morrison, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Professional Simulation Engineer (NAFEMS) who is also engaged in promoting the practical application of FE technology.

This event will start at 6:15pm in Room 407 (Lecture Theatre C1) on the 4th Floor of Engineering Building Block C, University of Melbourne, Parkville (Building 174, Grid L17 on this map.)

Eventbrite - IStructE Technical Meeting : 02 March 2015

Refreshments will provided from 5:45pm in Room C301, 3rd Floor, Engineering Block C (Building 174, Grid L17 on this map.)

All of the IStructE Evening Technical Meetings are free to attend unless stated otherwise.