Vibration Serviceability: Fundamental Vibrations Theory


This course introduces fundamental vibrations theory.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Understand the key background theory used in vibration serviceability design and assessment
  • Understand the theoretical background of vibration testing and signal analysis


Professor Aleksandar Pavic is an expert in vibration serviceability of slender civil engineering structures that are occupied and dynamically excited by humans. He co-authored and carried out experimental verification of the most advanced worldwide design guidelines on crowd dynamic loading of grandstands, published by The Institution of Structural Engineers in 2008.

Professor 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, with a focus on active control of human-induced vibrations.

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

Civil and structural engineers dealing with problems of building and structural vibration, including the following specific types of structures: buildings, footbridges, and stadia.

This course is recommended for those relatively new to the field of structural vibrations and who need to build their understanding of vibration theory.

Entry criteria

Knowledge of matrix calculations, solution of 2nd order differential equations, complex numbers and functions, Fourier series, basics of finite element analysis.

Recommended reading: Williams, M (2016). Structural Dynamic. London: CRC Press.


Vibration Serviceability: Applications course is being held on the following day, 12 December 2018 – a discount is available if both courses are booked together.

Event Information

Eventbrite - Vibration Serviceability of Engineering Structures

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date

10:00 - 17:30

£290 + VAT for Members
£370 + VAT for Non-Members

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom

Aleksandar Pavic &
Paul Reynolds

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