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Introduction to Structural Reliability
Introduction to Structural Reliability



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Structural reliability is a measure of the probability that a structure will perform its intended function without failure for a given period of time under specified conditions. It is a key concept in the field of structural engineering, as it determines the safety and performance of structures such as bridges, buildings, and other critical infrastructure.

The goal of structural reliability analysis is to identify and quantify the risks associated with structural failure, and to design and maintain structures in a way that minimizes those risks. This is important for ensuring the safety of the public and the functionality of critical infrastructure, as well as for minimizing the costs associated with structural failure and maintenance.

This course is intended for any civil or structural engineer interested in developing a basic understanding of structural reliability, and a deeper insight into the probability of failure of structures.

1. Morning Session
- A review of the concepts of structural safety and reliability.
- Random variables within the context of basic structural reliability analysis & how to estimate probability of structural failure.
- Examples demonstrating the application of structural reliability concepts.

2. Afternoon Session
- Introduction to First Order Reliability Method (FORM) and its application for estimating the probability of structural failure (with numerical example).
- The background behind simulation methods, including Monte Carlo simulation, will be briefly presented.
- Limit state codes and partial factors.
- Reliability-based design and code calibration.

Throughout the day there will be regular refreshment breaks and a 1 hour lunch break, during which the lecturer will be available for additional Q&A sessions.


Dr Boulent Imam is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Structures at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey and Programme Director for the MSc Programme in Bridge Engineering.

He has been extensively involved in the area of fatigue of bridges, carrying out research in this area collaborating with national and European infrastructure owners and managers, such as Network Rail, Highways England, TWI. His research has contributed towards in-depth understanding of the fatigue behaviour of riveted railway bridges and developed methods for more reliable quantification of their remaining fatigue life taking into account historical rail traffic, novel fatigue assessment methods, loading, resistance and modelling uncertainties as well as system effects.

Later on, Dr imam extended his work on fatigue towards developing fracture mechanics guidelines for the assessment of fatigue crack growth in steel bridge details towards the optimisation of inspection and maintenance planning in steel bridges. Recently, Dr Imam research has expanded towards understanding the potential impacts of climate change on bridge deterioration and quantifying the resilience of bridge infrastructure against extreme events.


Boulent Imam




Attendance certificates are available on request after the completion of the webinar.


The format of this event will be a webinar using "Zoom Webinars".

There will be opportunity to interact with the lecturer throughout the session, both though allocated Q&A sessions, or leaving text based questions throughout the presentation which the lecturer will be able to answer at convenient opportunities.


The cost of registering for this webinar will be £240+VAT​.

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The top score is 5. I would have given the lecturer a 10 if I could. Structural reliability is seen as complex and mysterious. Not any more. His explanation was clear and comprehensive. Yes there is some fancy math's, but I understand what it is trying to do now. Thank you.

Overall, very good content - I got out what I was hoping for and more.

Well organized, easy to follow & clear explanations
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