Progressive Collapse in Concrete Structures

This course will explain offer insight into some of the key technical considerations teams involved with progressive collapse of concrete structures should consider. Several areas will be covered leaving delegates with a more rounded appreciation of progressive collapse, including an overview of EC1, progressive collapse risk assessment, and robustness quantification.


Throughout the course, tutorials and practical considerations will be used to consolidate the knowledge gained by the attendees and gauge their understanding.



Eurocode 1 rules on design against progresssive collapse

Exceptional loads on structures, progressive and disproportionate collapses, definition of structural robustness, limit states and design approaches. Limitations of Eurocode 1 and comparison with US guidelines.

Robustness quantification (deterministic, reliability-based and risk-based robustness indicators)

Definition and comparative discussion of existing robustness indicators available in the literature for both deterministic and probabilistic analysis methodologies.

Reinforced concrete columns and frames subjected to extreme events

Abnormal load modelling (landslide, gas deflagration, bomb detonation, etc.), capacity models, component- and system-level response analysis, effects of infill walls and seismic design.

Progressive collapse risk assessment of framed buildings through different structural analysis methods

Performance Based Robustness Design (PBRD) and Assessment (PBRA) with a discussion on risk mitigation strategies. Structural response analysis methods and their reflections on progressive collapse risk estimation.

Application on scenario-based analysis

Robustness assessment of a reinforced concrete framed building under a set of bomb detonation scenarios, identifying differences between structural design solutions according to Eurocode 2 and Eurocode 8.

A case study concerning a practical application of the robustness of structure under fire loads

RC structures under fire load : assessment of precast RC structures under fire. The goal is to verify that the kinematics of collapse comply with the mandatory rules of non-progressive collapse and non-collapse toward the outside of the building (fire resistance assessment, kinematics of collapse, concrete structures, FEM and analytical approach…)

A case study of framed structure under explosion

Framed structure under explosion : this study case describes the robustness of the design of a building with respect to the collapse of one or some structural elements (finite element modelling, dynamic and static analysis methods…)

A case study of fire resistance assessment

RC building modelling and progressive collapse in case of failure of structure member under seismic loading (pushover analysis, nonlinear behavior, countervailing measures)



Registration will open at a later date. If you would like to attend please contact us at and we will notify you with any future dates.