This set of lectures will start by reviewing the general design philosophies and analyses of structures over the years, and the traditional means of addressing them. They will be followed by an introduction to probability theory and statistics, and finally, reliability-based structural design and performance procedures. These procedures are presented at various levels of complexity and sophistication so that an appropriate level can be selected based on the needed and available resources. The concepts discussed can be used preliminarily at both the analysis and the design stage to provide reliability-based load and resistance factor design (LRFD), and also in analysis procedures for various components of a structure.

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of reliability and risk theories
  • Calculate the reliability index of a structural components using commercial software such as @RISK and a spreadsheet-based FORM, tailored for this purpose
  • Compute failure probability of a structural component using Monte Caro simulation
  • Analyze and design simple structural element using reliability and simulation methods

Participants

This course with its organized set of lectures is specifically designed for practicing civil and geotechnical engineers, architects, and design managers who wish to learn reliability methods and these applications in the design and analysis of structural components. Also, the lectures are geared toward the needs of architects and civil engineers who have the responsibility for design optimization, robust design, and material specification, for both new and existing structures.

Pre-requisites

Basic engineering science/basic knowledge of statistics and probability theory

KISR is a pioneering, independent, national institute of scientific excellence. KISR’s initial role was dedicated to developing three fields of national importance: petroleum, desert agriculture, and marine biology. Since then, KISR’s role and responsibilities have expanded greatly to include the advancement of national industry and the undertaking of studies to address key challenges, such as the preservation of the environment, sustainable management of Kuwait’s natural resources, responsible management of water and energy, and development of innovative methods of agriculture.

KISR’s approach to meeting challenges is distinguished by a culture of openness, a commitment to our clients, and an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach. KISR routinely embarks on strategic partnerships with other regional and international institutes, agencies, and academic bodies, allowing an exchange of knowledge and expertise. Today, KISR is home to over 580 researchers and engineers and over 100 laboratories, housed at 8 locations, with growth expected through the implementation of a new strategic plan. KISR conducts scientific research and performs technological consultations, often in partnership with other regional and international institutions, for governmental and industrial clients in Kuwait, the Gulf region, and the rest of the world. These partnerships, driven by a philosophy of collaboration that runs deep within our culture, help build up our knowledge base, and facilitate the free flow of information, data, and expertise. This adds value to our clients’ business and ensures that the resources needed to confront the challenges They face are always available on demand.

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