Joint Seminar on Seismic Design between the School of Civil Engineering and Transportationand Arup
time: 2021-11-08

On the afternoon of November 4, 2021, associate dean Ji Jing, Professor Han Xiaolei, Professor Hou Shuang, Associate Professor Li Jing, and six graduate students from the School of Civil Engineering and Transportation (SCET) were invited bythe Guangzhou branch of Arup and visited their office located in Guangzhou Ring Trade Center for a joint seminar on seismic design. Thisseminar was the first one between SCET and Arup since the establishment of the workshop, aiming at discussing seismic research and engineering applications and communicating about innovative and effective seismic approaches. In addition to the visitor, the seminar was held in an online broadcast, attracting more than 100 participants.

Arup is one of the world's largest and most successful engineering consulting firms founded in 1946 in England. As an international diversified engineering consultancy, it provides master planning, economic assessment, feasibility studies, specific design, project management, construction supervision,and other services in a wide range of engineering disciplines including architectural, structural, geotechnical, civil, acoustic, environmental, electrical and mechanical, fire protection, transportation, curtain wall, and others. It has 92 branches in more than 40 countries such as Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, and North America, with more than 12,000 employees. Arup's typical projects in China include Canton Tower, Shenzhen Ping An International Financial Center, Shanghai World Financial Center, CCTV Headquarters Building, etc.

In the opening speech, associate dean Ji Jing and Arup’s vice chairman Zhao Hong exchanged thoughts on the school-enterprise cooperation and talent training and looked forward to furthering in-depth research cooperation and communication.


Ji Jing (left) and Zhao Hong (right) in the opening speech

In the academic seminar, Prof. Han Xiaolei introduced his team's results aboutthe collapse mechanism of reinforced concrete frame structure under strong earthquake, pointing out that the spatial restraint of cast-in-place floor cover will significantly affect the damage mode, deformation capacity, and bearing capacity of concrete frame beams, which in turn will adversely affect the collapse resistance of the structure. He advocated conducting component tests in structural systems to fully investigate the mechanism of spatial restraint of cast-in-place floor cover and improve the existing design methods which can enhance the seismic performance of reinforced concrete frame structures.

Prof. Han Xiaolei 

Arup's Associate Director Lin Hai shared his seismic designs, including frame beams separated from the floor slab, stress-based 2D floor slabs, beam-wall hinge joint, and high bearing capacity but low ductility members, and introduced some innovative practices in structural design.


Associate Director Lin Hai

Afterward, both online and offline participants discussed the design methods and indexes of Technical Regulations for Concrete Structures of High-rise Buildings (DBJ/T 15-92-2021). At the end of the academic seminar, Prof. Hou Shuang shared with the participants the latest achievements in structural health monitoring, which monitors the dynamic stress of concrete during the damage process by embedding piezoelectric smart aggregates in concrete to assess the damage degree of structures under the earthquake.

online and offline experts discussing

Prof. Hou Shuang 

After the academic seminar, Arup's Associate Director Lin Hai accompanied the teachers and students to visit the company and presented Arup's latest publication Arup - A Collection of Asian Super High-rise Buildings as a souvenir.

As the first academic seminar of theacademic workshop between the School of Civil Engineering and Transportation of SCUT and Arup, the success of this seminar will strengthen the cooperation between the School of Civil Engineering and Transportation of SCUT and Arup. Many types of academic communicating activitieswill be carried out tomake the industry-university-research cooperationbecome regular and finally achieve a win-win situation for both school and Arup.

Group photo

Arup - A Collection of Asian Super High-rise Buildings