51st ESReDA Seminar on Maintenance and Life Cycle Assessment of Structures and Industrial Systems
October 20, 2016 – October 21, 2016 all-day
Institut Pascal, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand Blaise Pascal University France
€ 300
Alaa Chateauneuf

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 51st 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 held by ESReDA
Chairman of the seminar
Luis Ferreria, (ESReDA President, University of Porto, Portugal)

Technical Program Committee

Alaa Chateauneuf (Blaise Pascal University, France),  Chairman
Abdelkhalak.El Hami (INSA de Rouen, France)
André Beck (University Sao Paulo, Brazil)
André Lannoy (IMdR, France)
Franck Schoefs (Nantes University, France)
Fabrice Guérin (Angers University, France)
Joan Ramon Casas (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)
Dimos Charmpis (Engineering University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
John Andrews (University of Nottingham, United-Kingdom)
Mauricio Sanchez-Silva (University Los Andes, Colombia)
Micaela Demichela (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Milan Holicky (Czech Technical University, Czech Republic)
Mohamed Eid (CEA, France)
Yiannis Tsompanakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)


Organising committee

Alaa Chateauneuf    (Blaise Pascal University, France)
Mohamed Eid          (CEA, France)
Franck Schoefs        (Nantes University, France)

Local Contact:

For practical local information, please, contact:
Alaa Chateauneuf, Institut Pascal, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, France,
[email protected]


Deadline for abstracts: September 9th, 2016
Notification of authors: September 15th, 2016
Submission of full papers: October 9th, 2016
Date of Seminar: October 20th – 21st, 2016


Abstracts should state in 400 words and address:

  • Objectives of the paper
  • Relevance for the Seminar and novelty
  • Methods and findings.


To be emailed to both:
Alaa Chateauneuf ([email protected])
Guidance for authors can be downloaded from the ESReDA website: https://www.esreda.org/


Registration will be accepted until September 30th, 2016. A registration form and information package for the venue can be downloaded from the ESReDA website.

  • The registration fees are 300 €, to be paid by bank transfer to ESReDA*
  • One speaker per accepted paper is free of seminar fees.
  • ESReDA members participating fees are taken in charge by the Seminar.
*Holder: ESReDA – “46th Seminar”
Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis Bank, Boulevard Jamar 1 D, 1060 Bruxelles,
IBAN: Belgique
BIC: BE69 0012 3728 1678

About European Safety, Reliability & Data Association

European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (ESReDA) is a European Association established in 1992 to promote research, application and training in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS). The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information, data and current research in Safety and Reliability.

ESReDA membership is open to organizations, privates or governmental institutes, industry researchers and consultants, who are active in the field of Safety and Reliability. Membership fees are currently 1000 € for organizations and 500 € for universities and individual members.Special sponsoring or associate membership is also available.