CPD Course: Applied Vibration Serviceability

This course has now sold out. However, it will be repeated on 29 June 2017, click here to book your place.


A one day CPD workshop on applied vibration serviceability. The course programme consists of:

  • Theory (SDOF, MDOF, continuous systems)

  • Vibration Serviceability Design and Assessment (floors, footbridges, stadia, high-rise, groundborne)

  • Structural Performance Monitoring

  • Vibration Mitigation (passive, active, isolation)

Topics will be covered by PowerPoint presentations and physical demonstrations using a number of models.

Learning outcomes

By completing this course, participants will:

  • Master basic terminology used in vibration serviceability

  • Be able to carry out basic vibration serviceability checks of a typical floor structure

  • Understand the process for checking vibration serviceability of footbridges, staircases, grandstands and tall buildings

  • Have an understanding of vibration mitigation technologies available for dealing with vibration serviceability problems


Professor Aleksandar Pavic’s particular expertise is in vibration serviceability of slender civil engineering structures, such as long-span floors, footbridges and grandstands, which are occupied and dynamically excited by humans. He believes that the best laboratory is full-scale and real world, with plenty of unique prototypes of large civil engineering structures.

Professor Pavic has edited special issues of international journals devoted to vibration performance of civil engineering structures. Also, his co-authorship or contribution has been recognised in state-of-the-art design guidelines. These are currently used in the UK and internationally for checking vibration serviceability of floors and footbridges. He also co-authored and helped experimental verification of the most advances worldwide design guidelines on crowd dynamic loading of grandstands published by The Institution of Structural Engineers in 2008.
He sat on the BSI (BS6472) and ISO (ISO10137) committees, developing standards pertinent to vibration serviceability.

Paul Reynolds was appointed Professor of Structural Dynamics and Control at the University of Exeter in May 2013, following many years at the University of Sheffield. His research interests are in advanced technologies for control of vibrations in civil engineering structures, and he has focused to date primarily on active control of human-induced vibrations. He was awarded a 5-year EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in 2011 to pursue this work.

Both are directors of Full Scale Dynamics Ltd., a university spin-off company specialising in commercial testing, monitoring and performance assessment of full-scale civil engineering structures.

Intended for

The course is designed for civil structural engineers dealing with problems of building and structural vibration, including the following specific types of structures:

  • Floors

  • Footbridges

  • Stadia

  • Tall buildings

Entry criteria

Basic structural dynamics, Fourier analysis and matrix calculations.

Event Information

Event Status
Fully Booked

Event Date

9.30am - 4.30pm

£275 + VAT (Members)

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, , United Kingdom

Prof. Aleksandar Pavic & Prof. Paul Reynolds

Event Association

Event Contact
Peter Washer

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