Several pre-conference workshops are planned to occur in the days prior to the Symposium.

All workshops will be at the Westin Bayshore Hotel & Conference Center.

While we expect all Workshops to proceed, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to cancel any Workshop with an insufficient number of registered attendees by August 1, 2017.  In the event of Workshop cancellation, the full Workshop price including applicable taxes will be refunded to all registered participants; no reimbursement will be made for participant costs or change fees as a result of cancelled tours including airline ticket change fees or accommodation changes.


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Registration Fees:

* limited to Young Engineer delegates born after Jan 1, 1983.


Workshop registration fees are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and are subject to prevailing government taxes at the time of the transaction, including a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5%.

Cancelation requests received in writing prior to Sept. 1, 2017 are subject to a $200 processing fee. All fees are non-refundable after Sept. 1, 2017.


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WORKSHOP 1 — Seismic Engineering

Issues in Displacement Based Design and Assessment

Instructors: Prof. G.M. Calvi (IUSS Pavia, Italy) & Prof. A. Filiatrault (Univ at Buffalo, USA)

Schedule: Monday Sept 18, 13:30-18:00 + Tuesday Sept 19, 08:00-17:30

The course presents the fundamentals and application of seismic design and assessment based on damage-controlled limit-states. The fundamentals will be applied to a range of structural types and problems, not commonly addressed in standard courses on seismic design, including bridges, seismically isolated structures and non-structural components.

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WORKSHOP 2 — Timber Engineering

Innovations in Structural Timber Design & Construction

Instructors: Dr. J. Natterer (Polyscope, Switzerland), Prof. M. Flach (Unniv. Innsbruck, Austria) & P. (Fast + Epp, Canada)

Schedule: Wednesday Sept 20, 08:00-17:30

The course presents principles and recent advances in heavy timber engineering, including conceptual design, good detailing for durability and structural performance. It will use recently built examples to demonstrate innovations in the field and discuss current trends in timber engineering and construction.

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WORKSHOP 3 — Forensic Engineering

Structural Failures – cases, causes, lessons learned

Instructors: J. Duntemann (WJE, USA), D. Peraza (Exponent, USA) & Prof. R.T. Ratay (Columbia Univ., USA)

Schedule: Wednesday Sept 20, 08:00-17:30

The primary objectives of the course are to provide understanding of the causes and consequences of failures, the lessons learned from them and thereby to improve design practices and adherence to the standard-of-care – all to mitigate errors that may lead to failures.The course is aimed at young, mid-career and experienced structural engineers who want to acquire a better understanding of failures towards improving their design, inspection, construction, administrative and other project-related practices to avoid pitfalls that may lead to failures. It is also aims at those wanting to acquire a working knowledge of the challenging and lucrative professional practice of forensic structural engineering.

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WORKSHOP 4 — Cold Regions Engineering

Contemporary design for a harsh environment

Instructors: A. Gygax (Gygax Engineering Associates, Canada), E. Hoeve (Tetratech, Canada) & L. Mihalik (Associated Engineering, Canada)

Schedule: Wednesday Sept 20, 08:00-14:00 [ cancelled ]

Cold regions in the arctic and at high altitude pose particular challenges for structural engineers. The cold environment influences the performance of a structure above grade, at grade and below grade in different manners than structures built in warmer regions. The workshop will summarize these issues and review recent projects for practical solutions.  [ Aug 10: Workshop cancelled ]




WORKSHOP 5 - Young Engineers Workshop

Bridge Dynamic Response by Design

Instructors: Dr. P. Irwin (RWDI, Canada), Dr. D. Radojevic (COWI, Canada), Dr. P. Taylor (Canada), Dr. Afshin Hatami (Bentley Systems, USA), Mr. Alexander Mabrich (Bentley Systems, USA) & Mr. Jeff Kroon (Bentley Systems, USA).

Schedule: Wednesday Sept 20, 08:00-17:30

This is a practice-based Workshop offering IABSE Young Engineers the opportunity to participate in exploration of Bridge Dynamics. The dynamic considerations and implications at each stage of the design development process for a major cable stayed bridge will be examined.

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