26 January 202117:30
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Few events in recent history have had such worldwide impact as the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York on 11 September 2001.
Immediately questions were asked about the design of the buildings and the inherent safety of other such structures, the mechanics of the collapse and whether changes to the design provisions for tall buildings were necessary.
This lecture will summarise the development of the Imperial College Robustness Assessment Framework which aims to provide designers with procedures that can assess in a quantitative fashion the resistance of buildings to a potential progressive collapse.
It will show how lessons from allied but different fields may be used to assist in both developing an understanding of the physics of the problem and in formulating the analysis.
Professor David Nethercot OBE FIStructE, Imperial College London
David was born in London and educated at university in Cardiff, he has pursued an academic career for the past 50 years - initially in Sheffield, then in Nottingham and, finally, for 12 years as Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.
His particular field of expertise is structural steelwork and he has been heavily involved with the preparation of Structural Codes - he currently chairs the BSI Committee with oversight of all Structural Design Codes and is also currently one of the 3 Assessors to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.
David was President of the Institution in 2003-04 and was awarded an OBE for ‘services to Structural Engineering’ in 2006 and the Institution’s Gold Medal in 2009.
This online lecture constitutes two hours Continued Professional Development. A certificate will be available to all attendees.