Advances in Engineering Structures, Mechanics & Construction

This volume is the proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Engineering Structures, Mechanics & Construction, convened at the University of Waterloo on May 14-17,2006.

The conference was held to celebrate forty years of related research achievement at the University of Waterloo. The Solid Mechanics Division (SMD) of the university was founded in 1966 as a research centre of excellence. During the next three decades, SMD hosted many scientific visitors from around the world and held more than a dozen international conferences, lecture series and symposia on a diverse range of topics in mechanics and structural engineering. Upon the retirement of many of its founding members in the 1990s, SMD was renamed the Structures, Mechanics & Construction Division (SMCD) to reflect the changing research interests of its newer members.

The conference also celebrated the academic career of Professor Donald E. Grierson as a distin­guished researcher and educator. Professor Grierson has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering and SMD/SMCD of the University of Waterloo since 1968. He was an early contributor to the Solid Mechanics Division in the 1960s, and was pivotal in the reformation of the Structures, Mechanics & Construction Division in the mid of 1990s. After a productive career of thirty-eight years in research and teaching, Professor Grierson retired from the university at the end of 2005.

This book contains seventy-three papers in the areas of structural engineering, applied mechanics, and construction management. Most of the papers present original research results, while some papers present reviews of specific research areas. The contributors are from various parts of the world, yet most of them have a close tie with Waterloo. Some of them are former or current mem­bers of SMD/SMCD or their collaborators; some were graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or visitors of the Division; some delivered courses to our graduate students; and others presented their research in the famous SMD/SMCD seminar series. The papers cover the entire research spectrum of the Structures, Mechanics & Construction Division: concrete structures, steel structures, cold-form steel structures, engineering mechanics, structural optimization, applied mathematics, engineering reliability, and construction management. The papers reflect the achievements and influence of SMD/SMCD over the past four decades.

We three editors of this volume are privileged to be members of SMD/SMCD since our graduate years in the 1980s. We are fortunate to be associated with Professor Grierson as former students, colleagues, and friends, and are delighted to be able to celebrate the 40th anniversary of SMD/SMCD and to honour Professor Grierson with old and new friends.

We acknowledge the Department of Civil Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Uni­versity of Waterloo for their support of SMD/SMCD since its inception in 1966. We also appreciate their financial support for this conference and proceedings.

Mahesh Pandey, Wei-Chau Xie & Lei Xu May 2006

Advances in Engineering Structures, Mechanics & Construction

Professor Donald Edward Grierson