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TRUSS ESRs submit joint research funding proposal

From the first training weeek, TRUSS has encouraged team work amongst ESRs. Network-wide events have served to promote cooperative learning by making ESRs to work in groups towards providing solutions to a specific case study or meeting the aim of a particular module. Ultimately, ESRs get used to work together and to combine their individual strengths to deliver a superior [...]

Validating a bridge safety model with long records of field data

ESRs in TRUSS are working on novel and advanced theoretical models that will reduce uncertainty in structural safety. However, these models need to be throughly tested on the field before they come standard in engineering practise. When the structures to be tested have the large scale of a bridge and the algorithm needs availability of long data records, [...]

Meeting requirements for a doctoral degree

All TRUSS ESRs are enrolled in a PhD programme at one of the academic beneficiaries. Therefore, in addition to the research, training and dissemination activities related to TRUSS, they must meet a number of requirements before submitting their PhD thesis for assessment. The pictures in this post show Barbara Heitner (ESR8), Farhad Huseynov (ESR7), Alberto Gonzalez (ESR3),  Daniel [...]

Presentation at TRL by TRUSS researcher

As part of the secondment activities, the ESR is commonly asked to give a presentation about his research to local staff to share ideas and to promote discussion and further collaborations. This is the case of Federico Perrotta (ESR13), who  gave a talk titled "MIRAVEC and Machine Learning: two different approaches to road asset management" in TRL (Transport Research [...]

Attendance to ROSE workshop during secondment

Secondments often provide an opportunity of exposing Early Stage Researchers to other projects. When on secondment at Greenwood Engineering in Denmark, Daniel Martinez Otero (ESR12), had the chance to attend 2016 ROSE workshop: "Green Road Infrastructure", from 11 am to 5 pm on the 24th and from 9 am to 1 pm on the 25th November. The workshop was [...]

Training in FE modelling of composite materials

Sofia Antonopoulou (ESR1) is carrying out sophisticated finite element modelling to gather a better understanding of the impact of braided FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer) on reinforced concrete. For this purpose, she attended a specialised course on how to model composite materials using Abaqus finite element software in Vienna (Austria) from the 5th to the 7th [...]

Gathering expertise in structural reliability theory

Guang Zou (ESR5) and Giulia Milana (ESR6) are attending the course on "Theory of Structural Reliability" imparted at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Imperial College London. The course is delivered via a combination of lectures and tutorials from 25 Jan to 21 Mar 2016 (2pm-5pm every Monday). Dr Peter Stafford, senior lecturer in Imperial College, covers the former 7 [...]

ESRs networking with IABSE association and COST action

In March 2016, UPC Barcelona welcomed members of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) for Day 2 of their 2016 summit meeting, with Day 1 having been held in Helsinki, Finland. TRUSS ESR's, JJ Moughty (ESR10) and António Barrias (ESR11), attended the summit meeting in UPC., which dealt with the theme of Global Risk [...]

On how to manage and share references

There are a number of popular bibliography management software tools such as Endnote, Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero, among others. Endnote Online is  available at the four academic beneficiaries of the TRUSS consortium via their subscription to "Web of Science", and it has been chosen to create an online shared TRUSS group which allows TRUSS ESRs to be [...]

Industrial training on the latest technology

An essential component in the training of TRUSS fellows is gathering expertise during visits and secondments to industrial partners that will enhance their research outputs and prepare them for a job in their chosen topic. The interaction with industrial partners allows fellows to learn about state-of-the-art technology, to apply technical knowledge and engineering methods to [...]