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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.

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