46th ESReDA Seminar
May 29, 2014 – May 30, 2014 all-day
Fermata 3283 - POLITECNICO
10129 Torino
Micaela Demichela

46th ESReDA Seminar on
Reliability Assessment and Life Cycle Analysis of Structures and Infrastructures
(May 29th – 30th, 2014)

Politecnico di Torino, Turino, Italy

The Life Cycle Analysis and Optimization of structures and infrastructures is a challenging topic, where reliability and durability have mandatory roles, in addition to economic and political considerations. The life cycle cost involves all events and operations occurring during the structural lifetime, such as design, construction, testing, use, degradation, inspection, maintenance, repair, failure, and recycling. The life cycle management implies not only optimal design of structures and products, but mainly the degradation handling through monitoring, inspections and maintenance interventions. The random environment and operating conditions that structure can meet during its lifetime make the deterministic predictive models insufficient to fit the safety and reliability requirements. Therefore, the life cycle management should take into account the uncertainties and variability all over the life span. Optimization comes from the real needs to balance the risk and the benefits of engineering activities, by searching for the best compromise between conflicting requirements, such as economy, performance, safety, reliability, etc. In a wider scope, the life cycle optimization should address, not only cost and safety of structural system itself but also non-mechanical parameters related to design, use and operation. All the above aspects are targeted by the ESReDA project group ROLCCOST: “Reliability-based Life Cycle Cost Optimization of Structures and Infrastructures”.

The aim of the 46th ESReDA seminar is to bring together scientists, engineers and decision makers in the field of structural safety and risk management, in order to present and discuss innovative methodologies and practical applications related to structural reliability and life cycle cost: assessment, testing, analysis, design, monitoring, maintenance and optimization. Scientific methodologies, theoretical issues and practical case studies are expected to cover all the range from academic to industrial applications, including mechanical and civil engineering.

A selection from seminar papers will be published in the book edited by ESReDA on Reliability-based Life Cycle Cost Optimization of Structures and Infrastructures.

Topics (include, but are not limited to)

– Reliability-based design and optimization
– Life-cycle assessment and optimization
– Structural and mechanical reliability
– Probabilistic degradation models
– Statistical methods in reliability
– Asset management
– Accelerated life testing
– Structural health monitoring
– Risk assessment and decision theory
– Inspection, Maintenance and Repair policy
– Computation procedures in analysis and optimization
– Failure consequences on human lives, activities and environmental damage
– Industrial case studies in mechanical and civil engineering.


The seminar is by ESReDA

Chairman of the seminar

  • Henrik Kortner, (ESReDA President/DNV, Norway)

Technical Program Committee

  • Alaa Chateauneuf (Blaise Pascal University, France), Chairman
  • André Beck (University Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • André Lannoy (IMdR, France)
  • Franck Schoefs (Nantes University, France)
  • Fabrice Guérin (Angers University, France)
  • Henri Procaccia (ESReDA, France)
  • John Andrews (University of Nottingham, United-Kingdom)
  • Kaisa Simola (VTT, Finland)
  • Micaela Demichela (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Milan Holicky (Czech Technical University, Czech Republic)
  • Mohamed Eid (CEA, France)
  • Palle Christensen (ex RISOE delegate, Danemark)
  • Yiannis Tsompanakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)

Organising committee

  • Alaa Chateauneuf (Blaise Pascal University, France)
  • Mohamed Eid (CEA, France)
  • John Andrews (University of Nottingham, United-Kingdom)

Local Contact

For practical local information, please, contact:
Micaela Demichela (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)


  • Deadline for abstracts: January 15th, 2014
  • Notification of authors: February 1st, 2014
  • Submission of full papers: April 1st, 2014
  • Date of Seminar: May 29th – 30th, 2014

A registration form can be found here.

Information on the hotels close to the venue can be found here.

A draft program of the event can be found here.