Alphatecs Presenting its Innovative Solutions at Engineering Association
Engineering Association of Nova Scotia
Sexton Campus, Dalhousie Unicersity
Oct. 2, 2019
Sasan Iranpour, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Traditionally, engineers have been using forced-based design approaches for their
day-to-day engineering projects per various codes and standards. Although these
approaches are still widely used in many industries, in general they may limit the level
of innovation, invention and diversification that engineers can bring into their projects.
This has encouraged the engineering community to study and implement other design
approaches in recent years, where the limits of providing engineering solutions can be
extended further. This includes various approaches such as strain-based and
displacement-based design, which has evolved in recent years.
This presentation discusses some recent projects from different industries to show
how construction challenges were transformed into learning opportunities and
resolved using innovative engineering solutions. This was accomplished using various
approaches and methodologies such as the finite element methods, nonlinear analysis
and fracture mechanics, where the limits of traditional engineering practices were
extended further to provide cost-effective solutions.
Some of these approaches have been even recently introduced in a few design codes
and standards and are used more effectively in different industries such as buildings,
towers, tunnels, bridges, pipelines, marine and offshore structures. In addition to
significant cost and time savings, these revolutionary approaches also provide
innovative and consistent design solutions that are not readily available with forcebased
design methodologies. The presentation also reviews the fundamental skill-sets
required for completing nonlinear analysis, a powerful tool that pushes the boundaries
of day-to-day engineering design even further.
The outcome of this presentation will help the engineers improve their design, and
help the managers make the best decisions for their projects sooner than later.
Undergraduate students will become familiar with the trend of the future developments
in the engineering world, while graduate students will get an insight on how to
implement their fundamental knowledge to develop innovative solutions for their
projects when they join the industry.