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  • University of Minho, Portugal

    About Prof. Paulo LOURENÇO

    Paulo Lourenço is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. Professor Lourenço is experienced in the fields of non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical techniques, innovative strengthening techniques and earthquake engineering. He is a specialist in structural restoration and has worked as consultant on more than forty monuments, including World Heritage sites such as Cathedral of Porto, Monastery of Jeronimos (Lisbon), and Qutb Minar (New Delhi). Professor Lourenço is the coordinator of the European Erasmus Mundus Advanced Master's in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions. He is editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage: Conservation, Analysis and Restoration and coeditor of the Conference Series, Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions. He is a Board Member of Committee on Historical Structures / International Council of Monuments and Sites - ICOMOS and participated in technical committees from CEN, CIB and RILEM. Supervisor of 26 PhD students (13 concluded) and coordinator of several national and international research projects. He is author or co-author of more than 400 technical and scientific publications in the fields of masonry, timber and concrete structures.

    About University of Minho, Portugal

    Created in 1973, the University of Minho is today recognised for the competence and quality of its academic staff, the excellence of its research activity, its dynamism, its great range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, its unique ability for leadership and intervention, its outstanding performance at both a national and international level, and for its high degree interaction with other institutions.

    The University of Minho has more than 15,000 students enrolled on one of its 50 undergraduate degree programmes. There are over 1,000 students studying at postgraduate level with more than 100 students on doctorate programmes. The academic staff has almost 500 doctorates among its 1,100 lecturers. The historical cities of Braga and Guimarães, where our two campuses are located, offer a two thousand-year-old cultural heritage alongside a lively modernity populated by young populations.

    The Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Minho is a young and dynamic department including 50 scholars, from which 30 hold a Ph.D. degree. The department is responsible for a five-year graduation in Civil Engineering, three professional Master courses (Municipal Engineering - Majors in Urban Planning, Sanitary Engineering, and Roads; Civil Engineering - Majors in Structures and Geotechnics, Materials, and Construction Processes; MBA in Construction and Property Management), one Erasmus Mundus Master Course (Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions) and one Doctoral course in Civil Engineering.

    The Structural Engineering Group is highly involved in the areas of computational modelling of the structural behaviour, experimental testing under displacement control and non-destructive testing. Available resources include most of the necessary equipment to perform quasi-static cyclic tests, under deformation control, and state of the art non-destructive testing. Research interests includes survey, monitoring, assessment, repair and strengthening of historical structures including non-destructive testing, building rehabilitation, architectural conservation, earthquake engineering, experimental characterisation of constitutive laws, development and implementation of constitutive laws in the fields of cracking, plasticity and damage mechanics, long term behaviour, and numerical analysis. The group has recently organised a series of conferences, such the 3rd International Seminar on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, the 1st Seminar on Masonry Wall Structures, the 4th National Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, the 3rd International Third International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, the 5th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, the 5th International Conference on Arch Bridges and the 2nd Seminar on Masonry Wall Structures.

    Recently funded research projects in the area of masonry / historical structures / structural engineering include Innovative solutions for non-load bearing masonry infills (Portuguese Science Foundation PTDC-ECM-68188-2006, 2008-), Safety evaluation of timber structures through non-destructive methods and stochastic analysis (PTDC-ECM-68188-2006, 2008-), Development of Innovative Systems for Reinforced Masonry Walls (European Commission, COOP-CT-2005-18120, 2006-), Development of an Industrialized System for Structural Masonry (Portuguese Innovation Agency, IDEIA-70-00130-2004, 2005-), Reduction of Seismic Vulnerability of Ancient Masonry Buildings, Portuguese Science Foundation POCTI-ECM-61671-2004, 2005-2007), Efficient Structures: From Materials to Life Performance (Portuguese Science Foundation REEQ/1092/2001, 2004-2007), Improving the Seismic Resistance of Cultural Heritage Buildings (European Commission, ALA-95-23-2003-077-122, 2004-2006), Industrialized Solutions for Reinforced Masonry Shells (European Commission CRAFT-1999-70420, 2001-2003), and Computational Strategies for the Protection of Historical Churches (Portuguese Science Foundation SAPIENS 33935-99, 2001-2002.

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