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Alex H. Barbat

 

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Biography

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Alex H. Barbat was born in Brasov, Romania, on March 5, 1947. He is married with Eugenia and has a son, Gabriel (born in 1992). He completed a Civil Engineering degree in June 1970 at the Technical University of Iasi, TUIasi, Romania. While working as an assistant professor in the same university, he started doctoral studies, completing a Doctor Degree in Engineering in May 1978 (speciality Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering). On July 1978 he became Lecturer with tenure at the Structural Mechanics Department of TUIasi, Romania. He held this position until August 1979 when he moved to Spain. The degree in civil engineering and the doctor degree completed in Romania were not officially recognized in Spain at that time. Therefore he completed, in 1986, the degree of Ingeniero de Caminos Canales y Puertos (Civil Engineering) at the Civil Engineering School of the Technical University of Catalonia, UPC, in Barcelona, Spain and in 1989 he became Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (Ph.D. in Civil Engineering). During the period 1980-1985 he worked in different companies of Barcelona (INDUS, DPI and ESPES) as a professional engineer, mostly dedicated to consultancy in the field of earthquake engineering. During the same period, he was part time Adjunct Professor at UPC, teaching a course on Earthquake Engineering.

He is currently professor of Structural Mechanics and of Earthquake Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia, UPC-BarcelonaTech. His current research fields are: evaluation of damage in reinforced concrete and masonry buildings; evaluation of seismic vulnerability and risk of structures; seismic risk evaluation at country, regional and local level. He supervised doctoral theses and published books and articles in these fields (see Scopus, Web of Science). He is senior researcher at the International Centere of Numerical Methods in Engineering, CIMNE, Barcelona, Spain, being the leader of the Risk Assessment Group, RAG. In CIMNE he collaborated in research projects in the framework of RTD programs of the European Commission, most of them as main researcher; in various projects funded by different Spanish Ministries; and in many consultancy contracts with Spanish and international companies or institutions. He is the President of the Spanish Association of Earthquake Engineering since 2004 and head of the Risk Assessment Group of CIMNE. He received three Honorary Doctorates: Doctor Honoris Causa by the by the “Ovidius” University, Constantza, Romania (March 2011), by the Technical University “Gh. Asachi” of Iasi, Romania (November 2011) and by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (November 2013).

 

 

Personal Data

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Name:

Alex H. Barbat

Position:

Professor of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, UPC

Phone:

+34 93 401 64 96

Email:

alex.barbat@upc.edu

Address:

Module C1, Campus Norte UPC
Jordi Girona 1-3
08034 Barcelona - Spain

 

 

Degrees

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1970:

Civil Engineer, Technical University of Iasi, Romania

1978:

Doctor in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Iasi, Romania

1986:

Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, UPC, Barcelona, España

1989:

Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Madrid

 

 

Research Interests

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»  Analysis and design of structures subjected to seismic actions
»  Evaluation of damage in reinforced concrete and masonry buildings
»  Active and passive control of structures under dynamic loads
»  Evaluation of seismic vulnerability and risk of structures
»  Seismic risk evaluation at national, sub-national and local level

 

 

Some relevant projects

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Designing Safer Urban Spaces – DESURBS. Funded by the European Commission, 2011–2014

Implementation of a Risk Assessment methodology at a global level using probabilistic models, GAR 2011 ISDR GLOBAL ASSESSMENT. Funded by the United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS, 2010-2011.

Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe - MOVE. Funded by the European Commission, 2008-2011.

Central America Probabilistic Risk Assessment, CAPRA, for Nicaragua, Inter-American Development Bank, 2008-2010.

Central America Probabilistic Risk Assessment, CAPRA, for Belize, El Salvador and Guatemala, World Bank / Inter-American Development Bank, 2008-2010.

Central America Probabilistic Risk Assessment, CAPRA, for Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Funded by the World Bank, 2008-2010.

Application and update of risk and risk management indicators for Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Republica Dominicana, Trinidad y Tobago, Inter-American Development Bank, 2008-2009.

Country specific risk evaluation (Bolivia, Guatemala, Jamaica and Peru), Inter-American Development Bank, 2008-2009.

Safety and Durability of Constructions (SEDUREC), Funded by the Ministry of Education and Science, Spain, 2006-2011.

Desarrollo de nuevas tecnologias en materiales y procesos de fabricacion de componentes orientados a su integracion en edificios (HABITAT 2030), Funded by the Ministry of Education and Science, Spain, 2005-2008.

Indicators of Disaster Risk and Risk Management. Application to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Republica Dominicana, Trinidad y Tobago.
International adviser of this "Project of the Americas" funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, 2003-2005.

Risk Mitigation for Earthquakes and Landslides (LESSLOSS). Funded by the European Commission, 2004-2007.

Rapid inspection and rapid classification of the safety level for buildings hit by an earthquake [Inspeccion y clasificacion rapida del estado de seguridad de edificios afectados por un terremoto], Centro de Estudios y Experimentacion de Obras Publicas, CEDEX, Madrid, 2004.

Development and application of advanced procedures for the seismic vulnerability and risk evaluation of structures (EVASIS). Funded by the Ministry of Education and Science, Spain, 2002-2005.

An advanced approach to earthquake risk scenarios with application to different European towns (RISK-UE). Funded by the European Commission, 2001-2004.

Advanced Methods for Assessing the Seismic Vulnerability of Existing Motorway Bridges (VAB). Funded by the European Commission, 1998-2000.

Seismic risk evaluation through Integrated use of Geographical Information System and Artificial Intelligence (SERGISAI). Funded by the European Commission, 1996-1998.

Seismic vulnerability of buildings. Application to Barcelona, Spain. Funded by the Generalitat de Cataluna (Local government of Cataluna, Spain), 1990-1994.

Seismologic study of the planed housing area of Managua, Nicaragua. Funded by the European Commission across Agroconsulting Europe S.A., Brussels, Belgium, 1995.

Evaluation of the failure pressure of the Vandellos II (Spain) Nuclear Power Plant. Funded by Asociacion Nuclear Vandellos, Spain, 1993-1994.

Vulnerability to dynamic loads of liquid natural gas tanks. Funded by AUXINI, S.A. and Dragados y Construcciones, S. A., Spain, 1981-1982.

Evaluation of the seismic behaviour of elevated water tanks. Various projects funded by the Ministry of Public Works, Romania, 1974-1978.

 

More information is available in the webpage of the Risk Assessment Group, RAG

 

 

Books

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Cálculo sísmico de estructuras
A.H. Barbat
Editores Técnicos Asociados, Barcelona, 1982.

Structural Response Computations in Earthquake Engineering
A. H. Barbat y J. Miquel Canet
Pineridge, Swansea, U.K., 1989.

Estructuras sometidas a acciones sísmicas, segunda edición
A.H. Barbat y J. Miquel Canet
Centro Internacional de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería, Barcelona, 1994.

El riesgo sísmico en el diseño de edificios
A. H. Barbat
Calidad Siderúrgica, Madrid, 1998.

Diseño sísmico de edificios
A. H. Barbat y L. Bozzo
Técnicas convencionales y avanzadas, Editorial Reverté, S.A., Barcelona, 2000.

El riesgo sísmico y su prevención
O. D. Cardona y A. H. Barbat
Calidad Siderúrgica, Madrid, 2000.

 

Activities related to journals and books edition

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Associated editor of Revista Internacional de Métodos Numéricos para Cálculo y Diseño en Ingeniería (Journal included in the ISI Web of Knowledge), since 2010.

Co-editor of Revista Internacional de Ingeniería de Estructuras, Quito, Ecuador, since 1996.

Editor for Europe of the Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, Puerto Rico, since 2001.

Vice Editor-in-Chief of Intersectii/Intersections, Iasi, Romania, since 2008.

Editor of the Monograph Series in Earthquake Engineering, International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Barcelona, since 1993 .

Member of the editorial board of Revista de Ingeniería Sísmica, SMIS, México DF, since 1994.

Member of the editorial board of CIENCIA, ESPE, Quito, Ecuador, since 1994.

Member of the editorial board of "Ovidius" University Annals, Constantza, Romania, since 2004.

Member of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Polytechnic Institute of Iassy, since 2009.

 

 

Honorary Doctorates

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Doctor Honoris Causa by the "Ovidius" University, Constantza, Romania, March 2011
Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University "Gh. Asachi" of Iasi, Romania, November 2011

Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, November 2013

 

 

Professional associations

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»  Asociación Española de Ingeniería Sísmica (AEIS), since 1982, president since 2004.
»  Sociedad Española de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería (SEMNI), since 1988.
»  International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), since 1988.
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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), California, USA, since 1989.
»  European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS), since 1993.
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Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos Canales y Puertos, España, since 2000.
»  Asociación Científico-técnica del Hormigón Estructural (ACHE), España, since 2000.