Location and Dates
The event is organised by the Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland. It will cover the findings of various working groups (WGs) of the COST Action TU1406 with a focus around WG5 on recommendations and guidelines along with contemporary topics around the Action including hazards, inspection quality and equipment, resilience and sustainability and environmental indicators.

The training school will be held between the 24th and 25th of July, 2018. The venue is located in south of Dublin, a global hub of innovation and research and University College Dublin is at the forefront of engineering innovation in Ireland.

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The objective of the COST TU1406 Summer School – University College Dublin is to spread the latest knowledge and developments acquired by the action in the topic of performance-based assessment of existing road bridges.

The school aims at teaching the most recent developments of COST Action TU1406 on performance indicators and performance goals, focusing on the training on some contemporary topics around this field and findings of various Working Groups (WGs) leading to the development of WG5 on guidelines and recommendations.

In the first year of COST Action TU1406 the main focus was on the screening process of existing European documents and establishing a database for PIs. The goal was to explore performance indicators of bridge structures, in the course of international research cooperation, which capture the mechanical and technical properties and its degradation behaviour, already partly covered by code specifications. Considerations also include: natural aging, quality of the material; service life design methods; sustainable indicators; environmental, economic and social based indicators, performance profiles. The findings of this process are incorporated in a PI-KPI database which will be available to the user for its practical use.

The second year focused on technical and non-technical bridge performance goals. The aim was to identify existing performance goals (where the term goal pertains to quantifiable requirement and/or threshold value) for the indicators previously indicated in WG1. The performance goals vary according to technical, environmental, economic and social factors. These goals are already in a report which is now the basis for the objective performance assessment.

The third year of COST TU1406 is focused on establishing a quality control (QC) plan for different types of bridges and the development of guidelines and recommendations assimilating the findings of various working groups, resulting in some of the key activities of WG5.

In this summer school participants will be familiarized with some contemporary topics and will introduce them to a range of bridge management, inspection, performance indicators and assessment approaches along with a clear idea around the different aspects of risk. The summer school will provide targeted training for doctoral researchers in these topics, including hands-on problem-solving sessions. Participants will be able to use the knowledge and training for their research and are expected in future to influence how they interact with and contribute to the risk and management aspects of roadway bridges.
The programme includes lectures related to WG1, WG2 and WG3.

Detailed information is provided in the meeting booklet.
Interested applicants should submit their personal information and a short Curriculum Vitae through the form available for this purpose and available at https://goo.gl/kBKAX6.

Registrations should be submitted until the 15th June 2018.

Communication of Acceptance will be sent by the 22th June 2018. Earlier expression of interest with a relevant CV can lead to early communication of acceptance.
Costs and Reimbursement
COST supports the participation of Trainees for their attendance at approved Training Schools. 15 Trainees approved by Organization/Management Committee, based on technical curriculum and on the COST policies on ESR (early stage researcher), gender and inclusiveness country, are entitled to receive a fixed Grant of 650,00 € and free registration.

Trainee grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to attending the Training School. The Trainee Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. Different grants amount can be attributed to each trainee.

The grant will be paid up to one month after the training school and no proof of expenses will be required to make the payment. The only requirement is to sign the attendance list.
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