Keynote Speaker

Prof. Giuseppe Carlo Marano

Prof. Giuseppe Carlo Marano

Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Speech Title: The Importance of Including Constructability Criteria and Sustainability Aspects within the Optimal Design Process

Abstract: In the last century, the strong limitations of the available optimization approaches demonstrate the importance of a change of paradigm in the problem formulation of the optimization problem. The real challenge is the development of optimal strategies for reducing structural complexity in situ and minimizing material waste resulting in significant economic and environmental cost-saving.

This seminar is focused on the implementation of innovative optimization strategies for solving multi-criteria problems in which the structural design of civil buildings complies with the sustainability goals of this century and the constructability needs occurring during the construction stage. The feasibility of the proposed approach will be demonstrated for real-world structures and the crucial role of Carbon footprint (CO2) in the design process will be assessed. All the stages of the construction process have been involved in the optimization tool by performing accurate Life Cycle Analyses (LCA). In this way, the identification of the most critical parameters (i.e. components of the structure) that control the construction process can be evaluated in terms of total environmental impact. Finally, a sustainable approach for reducing cutting losses in steel structures will be discussed.

Biography: Prof. Giuseppe Carlo Marano is a structural engineer, and internationally recognized for his research and expertise in the field of structural optimization in new or existing buildings or bridges and in identification and characterization of bridges and structures and seismic protection. His international experience is quite extensive, as he has been a Visiting assistant professor at Cambridge (2002), associate professor in 2011 at Politecnico di Bari, visiting Professor at Loughborough University (2012) and at Hunan University (China) in 2014. He has been research fellow at the SIBERC (Sustainable and Innovative Bridge Engineering Research Center) at the Fuzhou University (China) since 2014; at the same university he had been full Professor in Structural Design from 2015 to 2018. From 2018, he is full professor in Structural Design at Politecnico di Torino.