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Advanced Course in “Reliability and Risk Analysis”

University of Minho

February 6 - February 9, 2015

Guimarães, Portugal

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Original Old Postcard: Portugal – Benavente – Largo Do Calvario – Earthquake from April 1909 – 1910

An advanced course in “Reliability and Risk Analysis” will be taught during February 6-19, 2015, at University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal, by experts in the field of risk analysis, covering topics such as reliability and design codes, hazard identification, system analysis and risk analysis. A set of practical examples will be given to students. The language of instruction and course materials is English.

This course will be an important opportunity for those developing work in the field of risk analysis or needing to apply reliability concepts. Details of the course syllabus can be found below.

A Consortium of Portuguese Universities launched recently a PhD program on “Analysis and Mitigation of Risks in Infrastructures.”


The admission fee to enroll in the advanced course in “Reliability and Risk Analysis” is €350 (350 Euro). All successful attendees receive a certificate issued by the Consortium attesting the course attendance.

Interested candidates to enroll the course should send the Curriculum Vitae, detailing academic studies and professional experience to support the application. These elements should be submitted in English to the course secretariat (sec-estruturas@civil.uminho.pt) as soon as possible, but no later than January 19, 2015. Admission is subjected to approval and the number of participants is limited.

Lecturers involved

Laura Caldeira: Head of the Geotechnical Department and Principal Research Officer at the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering and Invited Full Professor at University of Lisbon, where she has been developing research in the field of geotechnical engineering. Her main research interests are related to dam engineering, risk management and seismic engineering. Dr. Caldeira has been involved in several research projects in the field of risk management.

Michael Faber: Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. His main research activities have been centred around structural reliability analysis, Bayesian decision analysis, reliability based structural design and assessment, probabilistic modelling of fatigue crack growth, probabilistic modelling of corrosion of concrete structures, risk based inspection and maintenance planning, modelling of preferences and consequences in decision making, generic approaches in risk assessment, large scale risk assessment and issues relating to sustainability.

José Matos: Assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of Minho University. He has a PhD in the field of probabilistic-based assessment of existent structures. His research fields cover asset management, life-cycle costs, safety assessment and risk analysis. Dr. Matos is currently the coordinator of the SustIMS project with the largest Portuguese highway operator.

Daniel Oliveira: Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, where he has been developing research in the field of masonry constructions. His main research interests are related to earthquake engineering, risk management and composite materials. Dr. Oliveira has been involved in several research projects in the field of seismic analysis of masonry constructions and is currently the coordinator of an existing course on “risk assessment and management” at University of Minho.

Xavier Romão: Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. He is a national delegate of the International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness of ICOMOS. His main research interests address fields such as seismic safety assessment, seismic risk and economic loss assessment, probabilistic and simplified risk analysis for cultural heritage. Dr. Romão is an Expert Member of the Working Group “Disaster Loss Data in the EU“, currently developing a European standard for the collection of disaster damage and loss data.

Important information about Guimarães

Guimarães is easily reachable by plane. The nearest airport to Guimarães is the “Sá Carneiro” International Airport (in Porto), at a distance of about 50 km.

The cost of living in Guimarães is quite affordable. On average terms, minimum monthly expenses (including accommodation and meals) are about €500 (500 Euro).

As for temporary accommodation, there are several possibilities to consider (hostels, local lodging, hotels, etc.), see www.guimaraesturismo.com. A hotel typically used for short stay periods by visiting students and lecturers is the “Residencial das Trinas” (www.residencialtrinas.com). The daily cost is €25 (25 Euro), breakfast included.

Course Secretariat

For further information, please contact the course Secretariat:

Ms. Paula Teixeira
University of Minho
Department of Civil Engineering

Email: sec-estruturas@civil.uminho.pt  Phone: +351 253 510 218

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