The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal




ISSN: 1874-8368 ― Volume 15, 2021

Note: Average publication time is 18 days between the final acceptance of revised manuscript and its publication

Editor-in-Chief:

Panagiotis G. Asteris (Biography
Panagiotis G. Asteris

Dr. Panagiotis G. Asteris is an Associate Professor, Head of the Computational Mechanics Laboratory and Director of Master’s Program in Applied Computational Structural Engineering (ACSE) at the School of Pedagogical & Technological Education, Athens, Greece. He received BS, MS and PhD degrees in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece. His research focuses on computational structural engineering, applied and computational mathematics and masonry materials and structures. Professor Asteris is the author/editor of three books in structural engineering. He has authored more than 100 publications mainly on peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Panagiotis G. Asteris
Equivalent Non-Linearization of Hysteretic Systems by Means of RPS
(2018) Volume 12: 319 - 333.
Editorial: Seismic Analysis and Risk Mitigation of Existing Constructions
(2016) Volume 10: 39 - 41.
Definition of Seismic Vulnerability Maps for Civil Protection Systems: The Case of Lampedusa Island
(2016) Volume 10: 87 - 105.
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Computational Mechanics Laboratory
School of Pedagogical & Technological Education
Athens
Greece
Email:panagiotisasteris@gmail.com
Alternate Email:asteris@aspete.gr



Co-Editor:

Humberto Varum (Biography
Humberto Varum

Dr. Humberto Varum is a full professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal. Since October 2010, he is Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College of London, UK. Since July 2016, he is serving as a Visiting Professor at the College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, China. He has been Seconded National Expert to the European Commission in the period July 2009 to August 2010, at the ELSA laboratory, Joint Research Centre, Italy. His main research interests include assessment, strengthening and repair of structures, structural testing and modelling, earthquake engineering, earth construction rehabilitation.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Humberto Varum
Non-destructive Method of the Assessment of Stone Masonry by Artificial Neural Networks
(2020) Volume 14: 84 - 97.
Double-Leaf Infill Masonry Walls Cyclic In-Plane Behaviour: Experimental and Numerical Investigation
(2018) Volume 12: 35 - 48.
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Department of Civil Engineering
University of Porto
Porto
Portugal
Email:hvarum@fe.up.pt


Associate Editor:

Christis Z. Chrysostomou (Biography
Christis Z. Chrysostomou

Dr. Chrysostomou is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of the Cyprus University of Technology since 2008. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Engineering (Civil) in structural engineering, as well as a doctorate (PhD) with concentration in earthquake engineering from Cornell University (USA). In 2011 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, position he retains until today. He has over 100 scientific publications and his research interests include structural dynamics, seismic design, retrofitting of existing structures, protection of monuments from earthquakes with innovative methods, and structural health monitoring.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Christis Z. Chrysostomou
Management of Market Surveillance Authorities for Construction Products
(2020) Volume 14: 124 - 132.
Numerical Modeling of Masonry-infilled RC Frame
(2019) Volume 13: 135 - 148.
Evaluation of Seismic Demand for Substandard Reinforced Concrete Structures
(2018) Volume 12: 9 - 33.
]

Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics
Cyprus University of Technology
Limassol
Cyprus
Email:c.chrysostomou@cut.ac.cy


Regional Editor:

Jorge de Brito (Biography
Jorge de Brito

Dr. Jorge de Brito is a Full Professor of Civil Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal, where he is Director of the Eco Construction and Rehabilitation Doctoral Programme. He has participated in competitively-financed research programs, four of which as Principal Investigator. He is a member of W80 (CIB); RAC TC (RILEM); W86 (CIB); W115 (CIB); WC7 (IABSE), FIB, CIB, IABMAS and IRS. He has supervised 6 Post-doc researchers, 34 PhD students and 151 Masters students. His publication record includes 4 books, and more than 300 papers in ISI/Scopus journals.

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Department Civil Engineering, Architecture & Georesources
Higher Technical Institute
University of Lisbon
Lisbon
Portugal
Email:jb@civil.ist.utl.pt


Frontiers Section Editor:

(Seismic Risk Mitigation)
Marco Vona (Biography
Marco Vona

Dr. Vona is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Basilicata. He completed his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Chieti - Pescara (Italy). Dr. Marco Vona was also an editorial board member of "The Scientific World Journal" (Civil Engineer) from 2012 to 2016. He is a member of IALCCE - International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering. The research activities are mainly related to earthquake engineering problems. He is also a reviewer of national and international projects and a scientific committee member of Biennal of University.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Marco Vona
Proactive Actions Based on a Resilient Approach to Urban Seismic Risk Mitigation
(2020) Volume 14: 321 - 335.
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School of Engineering
University of Basilicata
Potenza
Italy
Email:marco.vona@unibas.it


Section Editors:

(Soft Computing Techniques)
Danial J. Armaghani (Biography
Danial J. Armaghani

Dr. D.J. Armaghani received his post-doctoral from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran in 2018 and also received his Ph.D in Geotechnics from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia in 2015. His main research areas include environmental assessment of blasting, rock mechanics, tunneling, slope stability, and intelligent systems. He has published over 100 papers in well recognized journals with ISI and Scopus indexing, national and international conferences. Dr. Armaghani is also a recognized reviewer of many Civil and Computer based journals.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Danial J. Armaghani
Intelligence Prediction of Some Selected Environmental Issues of Blasting: A Review
(2020) Volume 14: 298 - 308.
Risk Management and Reliability Analysis in Civil Engineering
(2020) Volume 14: 196 - 197.
Investigation of Uplift Capacity of Deep Foundation in Various Geometry Conditions
(2019) Volume 13: 344 - 352.
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Department of Civil Engineering
University of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Email:danialarmaghani@gmail.com
Alternate Email:danialarmaghani@um.edu.my

(Seismic Response of Structures)
Yuri Ribakov (Biography
Yuri Ribakov

Dr. Ribakov is associated with various professional organizations such as: EU Academy of Sciences (Active Member), International Engineering and Technology Institute (Board of Directors), International Engineering and Technology Institute (Senior Member), Member of the International Physics and Control Society. He has published 5 monographs, 13 chapters in edited books, more than 90 papers in professional journals, about 90 papers in proceedings of international conferences. Dr. Ribakov's research interests include Seismic response of structures: base isolation and hybrid systems, control algorithms, passive controlled devices, active and semi-active damping systems, testing structures subjected to dynamic loadings. High performance materials, elements and structures: two-layer beams, column-slab joints, steel fibered concrete.

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Department of Civil Engineering
Ariel University Center of Samaria
Ariel
Israel
Email:ribakov@ariel.ac.il

(Sustainable Constructions under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic Events)
Antonio Formisano (Biography
Antonio Formisano

Dr. Antonio Formisano is Aggregate Professor of Structural Design at the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture of the University of Naples Federico II. He is a teacher within the International Masters “Emerging Technologies for Construction”, “Design of Steel” and “Sustainable Constructions under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic Events”. He was and is involved in several national and international research projects. He is an editorial board member and reviewer of numerous international journals. He is the author of more than 250 scientific papers, published in national and international journals and conference proceedings. He received several awards and public acknowledgements for his scientific research activity.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Antonio Formisano
Non-Destructive Tests on Carpentry Steels
(2019) Volume 13: 214 - 249.
Advanced Methods and Techniques Against the Degradation of Civil Structures: Detection, Evaluation and Retrofitting
(2019) Volume 13: 197 - 198.
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Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture
University of Naples Federico II
Naples
Italy
Email:antoform@unina.it

(Structural Design, Diagnostics, and Health Monitoring)
Hugo Rodrigues (Biography
Hugo Rodrigues

Dr. Hugo Rodrigues is an Associate Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal. He teaches several topics related to Structural Analysis, Building Pathology and Rehabilitation. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Aveiro. His major research interests are Building Rehabilitation, Structural Health Monitoring and Seismic Safety including experimental and numerical activities. He has co-authored more than 150 publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and at national and international meetings.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Hugo Rodrigues
Double-Leaf Infill Masonry Walls Cyclic In-Plane Behaviour: Experimental and Numerical Investigation
(2018) Volume 12: 35 - 48.
]

Civil Engineering Department
University of Aveiro
Aveiro
Portugal
Email:hugo.f.rodrigues@ipleiria.pt
Alternate Email:hrodrigues@ua.pt


Editorial Board Members:

Andreas Benardos (Biography
Andreas Benardos

Dr. Andreas Benardos is an Assistant Professor at the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He holds a Diploma in Mining Engineering and a Ph.D. in risk assessment for underground construction projects. His research interests are focused on the topics of underground space development and mine design, risk assessment and uncertainty in underground construction, ventilation, project cost estimation as well as on applications of Artificial Neural Networks in geoengineering. He has published more than 60 papers in scientific journals and international conferences.

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School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering
National Technical University of Athens
Athens
Greece
Email:abenardos@metal.ntua.gr

Celina Filippin (Biography
Celina Filippin

Dr. Celina Filippín holds a Degree in Architecture from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, Magister in Renewable Energy and a Ph.D in Sciences – Renewable Energy from the National University of Salta, Argentina. She is a senior researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), Argentina. Her area of research is related to energy-efficient buildings design and their thermal computer simulation and also coordination of low- energy building design and monitoring. She has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She supervises MSc. and PhD. students and research teams of scientific projects.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Celina Filippin
Energy Performance of Dwellings in a Temperate Climate Area of Argentina. An Architectural Proposal
(2020) Volume 14: 1 - 16.
]

National Scientific and Technological Research Council
National University of La Pampa
Santa Rosa
Argentina
Email:cfilippin@cpenet.com.ar

Camille A. Issa (Biography
Camille A. Issa

Dr. Camille A. Issa, obtained his BS (1980) and MS (1982) in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA. He later then obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering, 1985, from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He is a Fellow of ASCE (1997). He was Professionally Registered as Civil Engineer (PE) in 1982. Currently, he is serving as a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon. He also serves on several ASCE committees and is a member of ACI and PCI. He is an ABET PEV.

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School of Engineering
Lebanese American University
Byblos
Lebnon
Email:cissa@lau.edu.lb

Giuseppe Lacidogna (Biography
Giuseppe Lacidogna

Giuseppe Lacidogna is an Associate Professor in the Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering of Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He graduated in Architecture cum laude, and holds the PhD degree in Structural Engineering. He is member of the PhD board in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. His research principally focuses on Structural Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Static and dynamic analysis of high-rise buildings, Damage Analysis in Structures and Quasi-brittle Materials. On these topics he participated and takes part in several International and National Scientific Committee.

He is author of more than 280 publications among which 83 appeared on SCOPUS and ISI international journals, 13 book chapters, and 7 monographs.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Giuseppe Lacidogna
Structural Analysis of High-rise Buildings under Horizontal Loads: A Study on the Piedmont Region Headquarters Tower in Turin
(2019) Volume 13: 81 - 96.
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Department of Structural Geotechnical and Building Engineering
Polytechnic of Turin
Turin
Italy
Email:giuseppe.lacidogna@polito.it

Edoardo M. Marino (Biography
Edoardo M. Marino

Dr. Marino received a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from University of Catania (ITALY). He is currently Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at University of Catania. He has authored more than 100 publications, among which 25 published on International Refereed Journals. His study subjects include analysis of the seismic behaviour and design criteria for steel frames, nonlinear static methods for seismic assessment, seismic upgrading of existing buildings, performance based design, and seismic codes.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Edoardo M. Marino
Seismic Assessment of Steel MRFs by Cyclic Pushover Analysis
(2019) Volume 13: 12 - 26.
]

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
University of Catania
Catania
Italy
Email:emarino@dica.unict.it

Magdi Mohareb (Biography
Magdi Mohareb

Dr. Mohareb has a Bachelor (Cairo University, Egypt, 1986), MSc (Texas Tech University, USA, 1990) and a PhD in Structural Engineering (University of Alberta, Canada, 1995). He is a Professional Engineer in Alberta and Ontario, Canada, serves on the editorial board of three journals, and acts as a reviewer for over 20 journals. He joined the University of Ottawa as an assistant professor in 2000, was promoted to associate professor in 2004, and to full professor in 2010. He co-authored a book and over 95 refereed publications related to lateral torsional buckling, composites, oil and gas pipelines, and finite element analysis.

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Department of Civil Engineering
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Canada
Email:MagdiEmile.Mohareb@uottawa.ca

Thomas Olofsson (Biography
Thomas Olofsson

Dr. Thomas Olofsson obtained his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Applied Physics in 2000 from Umeå University, Sweden. Since 1992 he holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2013 Thomas Olofsson was appointed Professor in Energy Engineering at Umeå University. The focus of his research is to reduce building energy end-use. He has published 100 scientific publications.

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Department of Applied Physics and Electronics
Umea University
Umea
Sweden
Email:Thomas.Olofsson@tfe.umu.se

Vincenzo Piluso (Biography
Vincenzo Piluso

Vincenzo Piluso is Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of Salerno University (Italy) since 2001, Full Member of ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork) Technical Committee TC13 "Seismic Design" since 1994. He is also member of CEN-TC250-SC9 PT3, i.e. one of the project teams charged of the revision of Eurocode 9 on Aluminum Structures, and of the working groups CEN-TC250-SC3 WG1.8 and CEN-TC250-SC8 WG2 supporting the revision of Eurocodes, respectively on structural steel connections and steel structures in seismic areas. He is the author of more than 300 papers and two books on "Theory and Design of Seismic Resistant Steel Frames" (Spon Press, London, 1996) and "Structural Steel Semirigid Connections" (CRC Press, Florida, 2000).

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Vincenzo Piluso
Investigation on Friction Features of Dissipative Lap Shear Connections by Means of Experimental and Numerical Tests
(2018) Volume 12: 154 - 169.
Comparison Between Different Design Strategies For Freedam Frames: Push-Overs and Ida Analyses
(2018) Volume 12: 140 - 153.
Thematic Issue on Advances in Modeling, Analysis and Design of Steel Connections
(2018) Volume 12: 80 - 82.
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Department of Civil Engineering
University of Salerno
Salerno
Italy
Email:v.piluso@unisa.it

Alcinia Z. Sampaio (Biography
Alcinia Z. Sampaio

Alcínia Zita Sampaio, PhD in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the TU Lisbon, since 1999. Teacher and supervisor of Technical Drawing and Computer Aided Drawing for Civil Engineering students, since 2001. Coordination of short courses: Implementation of BIM Technology in the AEC Industry (2013) and Introduction to BIM methodology (2014). The main research fields are BIM and Virtual Reality. Supervisor of doctoral theses and master's thesis on the topic of BIM (Building Information Modelling).

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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Technical University of Lisbon
Lisbon
Portugal
Email:zita@civil.ist.utl.pt

Theodore Stathopoulos (Biography
Theodore Stathopoulos

Ted Stathopoulos received his Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and both his M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently Professor at the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His research in the area of wind effects on buildings and their codification has been influential in the development of codes and standards around the world. He is the Editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. He has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; and another one from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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Department of Building
Concordia University
Montreal, QC
Canada
Email:statho@bcee.concordia.ca

Fernando P. Torgal (Biography
Fernando P. Torgal

Dr. F. Pacheco-Torgal is a Principal Investigator at C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho. He holds the Counsellor title of the Portuguese Engineers Association. Dr. Pacheco-Torgal is Grant assessor for many organizations, such as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the Australian Research Council, the British Research Council, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, etc. He has authored around 300 publications, and is a member of the editorial board of 7 international journals. He is also invited reviewer for 110 international journals for which he has already reviewed around 520 papers. His review record places him at the Top 0.1% between almost 200,000 reviewers registered in Publons.

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C-TAC Research Centre
University of Minho
Guimarães
Portugal
Email:torgal@civil.uminho.pt

Vladislav Zaalishvili (Biography
Vladislav Zaalishvili

Professor Vladislav Zaalishvili received his Academic degree of candidate of physico-mathematical sciences, Institute of Geophysics of Georgian Academy of Sciences in 1986. Academic degree of Doctor of physico-mathematical sciences, Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, physics department, in 1996. Academic degree of Doctor of physico-mathematical sciences, Institute of Geophysics of Georgian Academy of Sciences, in 2005. Academic status, full professor, 2007. Director of Geophysical Institute of Vladikavkaz Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research area of expertise lies in the geophysics, engineering seismology, seismic hazard and risk etc. He is author and co-author of: 600 papers, 65 patents, 27 books

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Engineering Seismology and Seismic Protection of Structures (AGESAS)
Center of Applied Geophysics
Geophysical Institute - The Affiliate of Vladikavkaz Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Georgia
Russia
Email:vzaal@mail.ru

Po-Han Chen (Biography
Po-Han Chen

Dr. Po-Han Chen is currently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University (NTU). Before joining NTU in 2009, he was on the faculty of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore during 2001- 2009. Dr. Chen has published some 100 academic articles and his research interest includes building information modeling (BIM), green building and sustainable facilities, image processing and recognition, optimization of construction processes, IT applications in construction, and project management.

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Department of Civil Engineering
National Taiwan University
Taipei
Taiwan
Email:pohanchen@ntu.edu.tw

Dora Foti (Biography
Dora Foti

Dr. DORA FOTI is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the Polytechnic of Bari. She has given courses in Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Design of Bridges for Civil Engineering. She has given lectures and seminars in numerous training courses as well as at universities and research institutes both in Italy and outside Italy. She has over 200 scientific publications in the field of Structural Engineering and Materials, where she developed mainly the issues related to the seismic behavior of structures, dynamic identification of historical masonry buildings and innovative composite materials. She is and has been coordinator of several national and international scientific projects.

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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Technical University of Bari
Bari
Italy
Email:dora.foti@poliba.it

Syed M.S. Kazmi (Biography
Syed M.S. Kazmi

Syed Minhaj Saleem Kazmi received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from RMIT University, Australia. His research focuses on the development of innovative materials and technologies for the recycling of different construction and industrial wastes into construction materials without compromising the performance of the material. He has published 50 technical works including journal/conference articles, patents, and others. He was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact 2020, RMIT HDR Impact Prize 2020 (Engineering), HDR Publication Prize 2019, CSIRO On Prime performance bonus, and other awards during his research career. He has also presented his research at multiple international conferences/industry meetings.

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Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
RMIT University
Melbourne
Australia
Email:minhajkazmi17@gmail.com

Jun Li (Biography
Jun Li

Dr Jun Li is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Curtin University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012. He is developing new technologies for monitoring the conditions of ageing infrastructure and a sustainable infrastructure asset management approach in the context of smart sensing, emerging artificial intelligence techniques and big data analytics. He has been a guest editor for 9 journals and an editorial board member for several international journals.

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Department of Civil Engineering
Curtin University
Perth
Australia
Email:junli@curtin.edu.au

Gianfranco D. Matteis (Biography
Gianfranco D. Matteis

Prof. Gianfranco De Matteis is Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"(Italy). He obtained his PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II in 1998. He is a Member of many national and international committees. He coordinated and participated in a number of international research projects mainly dealing with, steel structures, aluminium structures, timber structures, seismic engineering and fire design. In such fields he is author of more than 350 papers, published in national and international scientific journals and conference proceedings.

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Department of Architecture and Industrial Design
University of Campania
Naples
Italy
Email:gianfranco.dematteis@unicampania.it

Muhammad Junaid Munir (Biography
Muhammad Junaid Munir

Dr. Munir is an RMIT University graduate and currently working as a Research Assistant at the same institute. He is a structural engineer with an international experience of working in the higher education industry. He has a strong research background in the development of innovative construction materials and technologies. For his outstanding research, he has been awarded RMIT Prize for Research Impact HDR (Technology) 2020, HDR Impact Prize 2020 (RMIT University), Finalist and RMIT LaunchHUB Prize at Open Innovation Competition 2020 (City of Melbourne), HDR Intern Prize 2019 (RMIT University), OnPrime Outstanding Performance Prize 2019 (CSIRO) and Letter of Appreciation by the Vice-Chancellor 2018 (MUST Pakistan).

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School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
RMIT University
Melbourne
Australia
Email:junaidmunir17@gmail.com

Paulo Piloto (Biography
Paulo Piloto

Prof. P.A.G. Piloto holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of the University of Porto (1991), Master Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon (IST, 1994) and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (FEUP, 2001). Develops its research activity in the field of fire and structural engineering, participating as a permanent researcher at LAETA – INEGI. UMNMEE subgroup (unit for Numerical Methods in Mechanics and Structural Engineering) and as associate researcher at the research unit of the University of Salamanca "Art, architecture, Urbanism and Ingeniería (siglos XIX-XXI)”.

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Department of Applied Mechanics
Polytechnic Institute of Braganca
Braganca
Portugal
Email:ppiloto@ipb.pt

Alaa M. Rashad (Biography
Alaa M. Rashad

Dr. Alaa M Rashad is a professor in the Building Materials Research and Quality Control Institute, Housing & Building National Research Center (HBRC), Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his Masters in Civil Engineering – Structural Engineering from Cairo University in 2000 and his PhD in Structural Engineering from Cairo University in 2005. He completed his post doctoral in Queen's University, Belfast-United Kingdom, 2009. His research interests include building materials, blended cement, fire resistance, durability, recycling, alkali-activated materials. He has a lot of publications in ISI journals and a lot of citations. He reviewed a lot of papers for different journals. He is one of the highest achievers in peer review across the world's journals during 2017 in Engineering and Materials Science.

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College of Engineering
Shaqra University and Housing & Building National Research Center (HBRC)
Cairo
Egypt
Email:alaarashad@yahoo.com

Lu Shilei (Biography
Lu Shilei

Dr.Shilei Lu obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in HVAC from Tianjin University, China. Currently Dr.Shilei Lu is a Professor in the School of Environment Science and Engineering of Tianjin University. He has published more than 50 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 10 issued Chinese patents.

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School of Environmental Science and Technology
Tianjin University
Tianjin
China
Email:lvshilei@tju.edu.cn

Francesca Stazi (Biography
Francesca Stazi

Francesca Stazi graduated with honours in Architecture and Civil Engineering at Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. She is Ph.D. and Associate Professor in Building Construction. She is author of more than 65 publications including 25 papers on international ISI/Scopus Journals and 1 international book regarding thermal inertia in building envelopes. She is also co-author of 3 patents. She is reviewer for several ISI Journals. Her studies regard energy efficient buildings, thermal comfort, environmental sustainability and durability of components. The studies are multidisciplinary, involving experimental activities, dynamic thermal simulations and environmental impact analysis.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Francesca Stazi
Experimental Comparison Between Three Types of Opaque Ventilated Facades
(2018) Volume 12: 296 - 308.
]

SIMAU Department
Polytechnic University of Marche
Ancona
Italy
Email:f.stazi@univpm.it

Ling T. Wong (Biography
Ling T. Wong

Dr. L. T. Wong is an associate professor of the department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a recipient of the Hans B. Thorelli Award of the 2006 Awards for excellence, and 2011 the highly commended award winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence by Emerald Literati Network. He is a working commission member (W062-water supply and drainage for buildings) of the Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). He serves as a court member for Hong Kong Baptist University (2016-2017).

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Department of Building Service Engineering
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong
Email:ling-tim.wong@polyu.edu.hk


Associate Editorial Board Members:

Paul Awoyera (Biography
Paul Awoyera

Dr Paul Awoyera obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering (structures and materials) from Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. He holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with major in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Paul is a registered engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), a member of the International Association for Engineers (IAENG), and a corporate member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE). He has also served as the editor/editorial board member and reviewer for numerous international journals. He has also received the Commonwealth and University of Nottingham Split-site PhD Scholarship in 2016.

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Department of Civil Engineering
Covenant University
Ota
Nigeria
Email:paul.awoyera@covenantuniversity.edu.ng

Melina Bosco (Biography
Melina Bosco

Dr. Bosco obtained a Ph.D in structural engineering from the University of Catania and was awarded with the National scientific qualification to function as Associate Professor. Dr. Bosco’s main research interest are the proposal of design procedures and assessment of the seismic behaviour of steel structures, the assessment of the seismic response of regular and in-plan irregular buildings by nonlinear static methods and dynamic analysis and the proposal of design methods for the seismic upgrade of existing buildings. She is reviewer for many scientific journals and author of more than 100 publications, several of which are published on international journals.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Melina Bosco
Seismic Assessment of Steel MRFs by Cyclic Pushover Analysis
(2019) Volume 13: 12 - 26.
]

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
University of Catania
Catania
Italy
Email:mbosco@dica.unict.it

Beatrice Faggiano (Biography
Beatrice Faggiano

Prof. Beatrice Faggiano received doctoral degree in Structural engineering at UNINA in 2001. Since 2013, she is a qualified as Associate professor in Structural Engineering. Dr. Faggiano has been teaching courses in Metallic Structures, Timber constructions and Glass Engineering. She has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals, conference proceedings, technical documents, and monographs.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Beatrice Faggiano
Finite Element Simulations on the Tensile Resistance of Bolted End-Plate Connections with Tubular Members
(2018) Volume 12: 177 - 186.
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Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture
University of Naples "Federico II"
Naples
Italy
Email:faggiano@unina.it

Andreas P. Lampropoulos (Biography
Andreas P. Lampropoulos

Dr. Andreas Lampropoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Brighton. He currently serves as the Chair of Working Group 7 ‘Earthquake Resistance Structures’ of the IABSE. He is also a member of the fib Task Group 6.6 ‘Retrofitting of Precast Structures in Seismic Areas’ and the UK Mirror Group for Eurocode 8 Part 3. Dr Lampropoulos is also member of the Institute of Concrete Technology (MICT). Dr. Lampropoulos has been member of the scientific committee of International conferences. He has also been reviewer of more than 20 International journals and reviewer of research proposals.

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School of Environment and Technology
University of Brighton
Brighton
UK
Email:a.lampropoulos@brighton.ac.uk

Nicola Nistico (Biography
Nicola Nistico

Nicola Nisticò has graduated in engineering at the University "LA SAPIENZA" of Rome. He has obtained the PhD at the University of Florence and after he has been Researcher at the Italian National Group for Defense Against Earthquakes (GNDT). Since 1997 was assistant professor of structural engineering at the SAPIENZA University of Rome where actually is associate professor and member of the Structural and Geotechnical PhD board. The scientific activity has addressed the topics of a) seismic assessment and retrofitting of existing structures 2) composite materials for existing and new structures c) macro-meso numerical modeling d) vibrations on constructions.

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Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
"La Sapienza" University of Rome
Rome
Italy
Email:nicola.nistico@uniroma1.it

Barbara L. Pintucchi (Biography
Barbara L. Pintucchi

Barbara Lorenza Pintucchi has been awarded her PhD in 2001 from the University of Florence, where she is currently assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include the development of constitutive and numerical models for structural analysis, the static and dynamic behavior of masonry structures, torsional behavior and seismic response of plan-asymmetric building structures. She has published about 60 scientific articles in the field of structural and earthquake engineering and is reviewer for many international journals. She has been involved in many research projects, focused on the seismic assessment of masonry structures and monuments.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Barbara L. Pintucchi
An Enhanced Beam Model for the Analysis of Masonry Walls
(2019) Volume 13: 52 - 66.
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Florence
Florence
Italy
Email:barbara.pintucchi@unifi.it

Enrico Tubaldi (Biography
Enrico Tubaldi

Dr. Enrico Tubaldi joined in October 2017 the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde University as Lecturer in Structural Engineering. Before joining Strathclyde University, he was Marie Curie Research Fellow at Imperial College London with a research project entitled “Flood Risk Assessment and mitigation for Masonry Arch Bridges”. He received his PhD in Structure and Infrastructure Engineering in 2010 from Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. He is author or co-author of more than 70 technical publications. His research interests are on risk assessment of structures and infrastructures under natural hazards.

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Strathclyde University
Glasgow
UK
Email:enrico.tubaldi@strath.ac.uk
Alternate Email:etubaldi@gmail.com

Antonio M. D'Altri (Biography
Antonio M. D'Altri

Dr D'Altri is a postdoctoral researcher in Structural Mechanics at the University of Bologna. His field of expertise includes: numerical analysis of masonry and historic structures; mechanics of composite strengthening systems bonded to masonry; mesh generation procedures for cultural heritage structures; modeling environmental ageing in building materials.

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Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM)
University of Bologna
Bologna
Italy
Email:am.daltri@unibo.it

Maria T. De Risi (Biography
Maria T. De Risi

Maria Teresa De Risi is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, where she received her MSc in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering and her PhD in Seismic Risk. She was a Post-Doctoral Visiting Researcher at the University of Porto, Portugal. Her research interests include experimental and analytical investigation of Reinforced Concrete (RC) members, nonlinear modelling and analysis of RC structures, seismic vulnerability assessment of existing RC buildings including non-structural elements, influence of masonry infills on the seismic response of RC buildings. She published more than 40 scientific papers among international journals and conference proceedings. She is reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals. She took part to several European and national research projects on seismic behaviour of RC elements/structures. She was beneficiary of an AXA Research Fund Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the winner of the Buildings Travel Award 2019.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Maria T. De Risi
Empirical Model Of Unreinforced Beam-column RC Joints With Plain Bars
(2018) Volume 12: 334 - 349.
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Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture
University of Naples Federico II
Naples
Italy
Email:mariateresa.derisi@unina.it

Nihat Kabay (Biography
Nihat Kabay

Dr. Nihat Kabay received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey. He has been awarded post-doctoral scholarship and performed his research at Arizona State University, US in 2014-2015. Dr. Kabay is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Civil Engineering Department/Construction Materials Division of Yildiz technical University. His research interests include lightweight concrete, durability of concrete and fiber reinforced concrete. His current research focuses on energy efficient lightweight materials incorporating phase change materials and potential use of industrial waste materials as alternative binders in concrete.

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Civil Engineering Department
Yildiz Technical University
Istanbul
Turkey
Email:nkabay@yildiz.edu.tr

Massimo Latour (Biography
Massimo Latour

Massimo Latour got his PhD at the University of Salerno in 2011with a thesis entitled "Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Dissipative Beam-to-Column Joints in Moment Resisting Steel Frames”. In the same year, he became a post-doctoral fellow at Salerno where he is currently working and teaching civil engineering. He is involved in experimental and theoretical research. His contribution to the scientific community is demonstrated by the works published in journals and in national and international conferences. His research activity mainly deals with seismic design, connections’ behavior, wooden and steel structures, FEM and the development of strategies for supplemental damping.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Massimo Latour
The Design of a Real-Scale Steel Moment-Resisting Frame for Pseudo-Dynamic Earthquake Testing
(2020) Volume 14: 174 - 184.
Finite Element Analysis of Bolted T-Stubs Undergoing Large Displacement: A Preliminary Study
(2018) Volume 12: 170 - 176.
Investigation on Friction Features of Dissipative Lap Shear Connections by Means of Experimental and Numerical Tests
(2018) Volume 12: 154 - 169.
Preliminary Study on Beam-To-Column Joints Under Impact Loading
(2018) Volume 12: 112 - 123.
On the Robustness of Earthquake-Resistant Moment-Resistant Frames: Influence of Innovative Beam-to-Column Joints
(2018) Volume 12: 101 - 111.
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Department of Civil Engineering
University of Salerno
Salerno
Italy
Email:mlatour@unisa.it

Baki Ozturk (Biography
Baki Ozturk

Dr. Baki OZTURK is presently serving as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Hacettepe University. He completed his B. Sc and M. Sc from METU, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and he further obtained PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, USA. He has also been recognized with awards such as Excellence in Teaching Award, Fellowhip for PhD Study by Department of Higher Education of Turkey and many others. He is also a Professional member of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute, and many others. He has also contributed his valuable publications in different journals.

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Department of Civil Engineering
Hacettepe University
Ankara
Turkey
Email:bakiozturk@hacettepe.edu.tr
Alternate Email:bakiozturk1@gmail.com

Fabio Di Trapani (Biography
Fabio Di Trapani

Fabio Di Trapani is Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin. He obtained his MSc and PhD at the University of Palermo. He has been visiting researcher at the University of California at San Diego (USA). He is author of more than 50 paper published on international journals and international conference proceedings. The research activity (both theoretical and experimental) focuses on seismic performance of reinforced concrete and masonry structures, frame infill-interaction, seismic fragility assessment, aftershock response of buildings, performance of retrofitting systems.

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[Contributed Articles
Articles by Fabio Di Trapani
Vibration Tests and Structural Identification of the Bell Tower of Palermo Cathedral
(2019) Volume 13: 319 - 330.
Definition of Seismic Vulnerability Maps for Civil Protection Systems: The Case of Lampedusa Island
(2016) Volume 10: 87 - 105.
Editorial: Seismic Analysis and Risk Mitigation of Existing Constructions
(2016) Volume 10: 39 - 41.
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Department of Structural Building and Geotechnical Engineering
Polytechnic of Turin
Turin
Italy
Email:fabio.ditrapani@polito.it

Mohammadreza Vafaei (Biography
Mohammadreza Vafaei

Dr. Mohammadreza Vafaei, P.E., M. ASCE, M. EERI is currently a senior lecturer in the faculty of engineering, school of civil engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He received his PhD from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2013. Dr. Vafaei has served many international conferences as the scientific committee and has been selected as the keynote speaker for three international conferences. He has more than 45 publications in the referred journals and conferences. His main research fields are structural health monitoring, structural vibration control, and seismic retrofitting.

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School of Civil Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Johor Bahru
Malaysia
Email:vafaei@utm.my
Alternate Email:m.reza.vafaei@gmail.com












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