5th Joe O'Donovan Memorial Keynote Lecture - Bridges: Building Harmony With Bridges

Enzo Siviero

Reséau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d'Ingénieurs (RMEI)

Prof Enzo Siviero is a Principal at Implementation Projects Studio Associato in Italy and can be considered its main cultural leader and promoter. Born in 1945, he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1969. In 1972, he started his teaching activity at IUAV, the University of Venice, and in 1994 he became full professor of Structural Mechanics. He is Consultant Professor at the College of Civil Engineering of Tongji University, Shanghai-China, Adjunct Professor at Fuzhou University China and member of CUN, National University Council at the Ministry of Education in Rome (since 2007). Awarded the honorary degree in Architecture by Politecnico di Bari, December 10th, 2009. After his Graduation in Structural Engineering at the University of Padua, over the years he has carried out in-depth research into the theme of Bridges, devoting a large part of his Academic activity to teaching structures to architects in order to reach the highest point of connection between structure and form, mechanical behaviour and aesthetics features. As an expert on structural mechanics and concrete structures, he has performed important researches on both these topics at National and International level. With reference to the professional field, Enzo Siviero has designed several outstanding structures alone or in team with several engineers and architects. He is author and editor of numerous books and articles on reinforced and prestressed concrete, management of structural works, conservation, rebuilding and strengthening of roads, bridge design and large structures. In 1998, he inaugurated the exhibition "Enzo Siviero: the theme of the bridge" which has been presented in many Italian and European Universities. In 2009, he inaugurated his important exhibition "Ponteggiando - Bridging" which is currently touring various Universities all around the world, from Turkey to China and America.He is the supervisor of over 700 dissertations, some of which have received significant awards.He is the director of the Galileo magazine, which he founded in 1989.He is also an active member of RMEI (Reséau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d'Ingénieurs) and of EAMC (Engineering Association of Mediterranean Countries) and Vice-President of SEWC (Structural Engineers World Congress). Moreover, he is a member of the Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib), IASS and IABSE.


The design of the bridge is, in the most classic consideration, a cultural act that has its roots in the ancient triad firmitas, utilitas, venustas, which Vitruvius himself coined, wherein structural form and function... [ view full abstract ]


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