Robustness of Structures

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Dr Thomas Vogel, Switzerland
Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich

Thomas Vogel graduated as civil engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 1980. He spent more than ten years in consultancy in different parts of Switzerland, designing structures for commercial and industrial buildings, housing as well as bridges. In 1992 he has been appointed Professor of structural engineering at ETH Zurich. His field of teaching and research covers the evaluation of existing structures and non-destructive testing methods, ductile design with brittle materials like concrete, CFRP and glass, as well as structures designed for and protecting from natural hazards. In IABSE he was member of Working Commission 1 (Structural Performance, Safety and Analysis) and chaired it from 2002 to 2005. Since 2005 he has been member of the Administrative Committee. Together with Franz Knoll, Canada he co-authored the Structural Engineering Document (SED) No. 11 "Design for Robustness", which was issued in 2009 and is currently translated into Chinese.

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