Training Week #01

The first training week was held at BAM in Berlin, Germany, from the 27th until the 31st of March 2017.

The training week put emphasis on the current state-of-the-art and best practices. The three scientific Work Packages (WP) were covered as well as non-scientific trainings. The timetable is shown in the picture below and comprises:

  • 18 hours dedicated to scientific lectures.
  • 3 hours dedicated to a technical visit at the Pergamon Museum.
  • 7 hours dedicated to complementary skills.
  • 1 hour dedicated to the exam.
  • In addition, the students had to present his/her state-of-the-art work (12 minutes for the presentation and 8 minutes for questions).


Day 1

  • Experimental investigation of damage evolution in concrete under high-cycle fatigue
    Lecturer: Dr Marc Thiele (BAM)
  • Non Destructive Testing overview
    Lecturer: Dr Ernst Niederleithinger (BAM)
  • Practical trainings at the Non Destructive Testing test and validation centre of BAM at BAM-TTS/Horstwalde
  • Structural Health Monitoring: state-of-the-art
    Lecturer: Piotr Klikowicz (NeoStrain)

Day 2

  • Extreme value probabilistic theory
    Lecturer: Dr Franziska Schmidt (Université Gustave Eiffel - Ifsttar)
  • Monitoring road traffic loading
    Lecturer: Dr Franziska Schmidt (Université Gustave Eiffel - Ifsttar)
  • Open access, open data, open source
    Lecturer: Arnaud Bonnard (Université Gustave Eiffel - Ifsttar)

Day 3

  • Value of Information and Structural Health Monitoring
    Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Sebastian Thöns (DTU)
  • The Millau Viaduct: design, construction and monitoring
    Lecturer: Dr Ziad Hajar (EIFFAGE)
  • Presentations by the ESRs

Xin Wang (ESR1) & Ernst Niederleithinger

Xin's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Advanced ultrasonic instrumentation for interferometric monitoring"

Antoine Bassil (ESR2) & Xavier Chapeleau

Antoine's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Fibre-optic sensor for fatigue monitoring"

Piotr Klikowicz & Joyraj Chakraborty (ESR3)

Joyraj's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Sensor integration, data fusion and information management for industrial monitoring systems"

Imane Bayane (ESR4) & Eugen Brühwiler

Imane's presentation: State-of-the-art on "NDT parameters for fatigue damage identification in structural elements"

Bartek Sawicki (ESR5) & Eugen Brühwiler

Bartek's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Fatigue of reinforced concrete structural element"

Mariia Nesterova (ESR6) & Franziska Schmidt

Mariia's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Reliability of structures exposed to traffic loads and environmental loading"

Gianluca Zorzi (ESR7)

Gianluca's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Lifetime cyclic behaviour of gravity base foundations for offshore wind turbines"

Joey Velarde (ESR8) & Henrik Niedermayer & John Dalsgaard Sørensen

Joey's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Fatigue of wind turbine concrete structures"

Amol Mankar (ESR9) & John Dalsgaard Sørensen

Amol's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Fatigue reliability of concrete wind turbine and bridge elements"

Morteza Ahmadivala (ESR10)

Morteza's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Optimal maintenance planning of existing structures using monitoring data"

Sima Rastayesh (ESR11) & John Dalsgaard Sørensen

Sima's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Development of methods for risk assessment of wind turbine support structures and bridges"

Lijia Long (ESR12) & Sebastian Thöns

Lijia's presentation: State-of-the-art on "Quantification of the value of monitoring information for deteriorated structures"

Day 4

  • Wind turbines: basic principles
    Lecturer: Prof. John Dalsgaard Sørensen (Aalborg University)
  • Uncertainty framework for sensitivity or reliability purpose
    Lecturer: Dr Thierry Yalamas (PHIMECA)
  • Wind turbines: design for extreme loads and fatigue
    Lecturer: Prof. John Dalsgaard Sørensen (Aalborg University)
  • Fatigue behaviour of reinforced concrete
    Lecturer: Prof. Eugen Brühwiler (EPFL)

Day 5

  • Technical visit at the Pergamon Museum
  • Effective tools to write peer reviewed articles
    Lecturer: Dr Beate Richter (private consultant)