BRIDGE SMS Researcher gives talk at University of Glasgow

Monitoring and Assessment of Hydraulic Vulnerability at Bridge Infrastructure
Speaker: Dr Panagiotis Michalis

When – where: Thursday 23rd February 2017 – Rankine 630, Infrastructure and Environment Research Division, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Flood-related hazards are considered one of the main impacts on civil infrastructure due to climate change effects. Of such hazards, flood-induced scour is the leading cause of bridge collapses worldwide and one of the most complex and challenging water flow and erosion phenomena, resulting to structural instability and ultimately catastrophic failures. Scour action is also considered as a major risk for offshore structures as it leads to excessive excavation of the surrounding seabed. Evaluation of scour risk under severe weather events is a particularly challenging issue considering that bed level variations around foundations is very difficult to evaluate in water environment.

This talk will introduce the “Intelligent Bridge Assessment Maintenance and Management System” EU/FP7 project, which aims to provide a platform to efficiently manage and prevent flood-related structural failures. Bridge failures due to scour process will be discussed alongside with the state-of-art methods that are currently employed to monitor and assess the condition of foundations. The presentation will then focus on the experimental investigation of new sensing techniques, for real-time monitoring of hydro-hazards at structural elements.

Dr Panagiotis Michalis has more than 10 years research and consultancy experience in the assessment of large infrastructure. He is currently a Marie-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Zagreb working at the BRIDGE SMS EU/FP7 project. Prior to this role, he held the position of Research and Knowledge Exchange Associate at the University of Strathclyde, working on the application of non-invasive geophysical methods to assess critical civil infrastructure. He holds a PhD in Structural Health Monitoring (University of Strathclyde) focused on the development of sensing techniques for real-time monitoring of hydro-hazards, an MSc in Geotechnics (Universities of Glasgow & Strathclyde) and a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering (ATEITH). Panagiotis research interests lie in the assessment of transportation/energy/hydro-infrastructure using novel monitoring techniques, with particular focus on the impact of shifting environmental conditions on ageing infrastructure systems. During this period, he has been actively involved as a consultant in various infrastructure projects at international level.