College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Institute of Technology Global Seminar – Italy

Ancient and Modern Structural Engineering in Italy (CE 4011)
May 18–June 4, 2009

Civil engineering professors Roberto Ballarini and Joe Labuz will use ancient and modern sites to explore topics in construction materials, structural planning, conservation, and restoration. Travel across Italy will be highlighted by stays in Rome, Venice, Milan, and Florence. Seminar participants will also see Verona, Pisa, and the Cinque Terre. Faculty presentations will be enhanced by many excursions and visits to Italian universities.

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the development of structures and building materials in Italy from Roman times to the present. Instructors and guest lecturers from Italian universities will present the fundamentals of material behavior, structural mechanics, and design methods. Under the guidance of local engineers and faculty, seminar participants will visit numerous ancient and modern sites to highlight innovations in construction materials, form, and monitoring. The influence of culture, art, and security on the technological developments will be emphasized.

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