Innovative Solutions for Day-to-day Engineering Projects

Oct 2, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Room 1004, Romero Classroom | Emera IDEA Building, Dalhousie Sexton Campus, 1345 Norma Eddy Lane

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 5:00 PM-6:30 PM.

Location: Room 1004, Romero Classroom | Emera IDEA Building, Dalhousie Sexton Campus, 1345 Norma Eddy Lane.

Refreshment and snacks WILL be provided.

RSVP to Farid Taheri - Farid.Taheri@Dal.Ca

Session Outline

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 finite element methods, nonlinear analysis and fracture mechanics, where the limits of traditional engineering practices were extended further to provide cost-effective solutions. These concepts have been successfully used in assessment and strengthening of existing structures, as well as design and construction of new structures, to ensure that owner or code-specified design and performance criteria are met.

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 force-based 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.


Presenter Biography
Sasan M. Iranpour, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Engineering Manager & Senior Project Manager
Allnorth Consultants Limited, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Sasan Iranpour, P.Eng., is an engineering team lead and subject matter expert with over two decades of experience in consulting and educating the next generation of our engineers and scholars. His experience ranges from one of the tallest structures in the world and the most challenging tunneling project in North America, to the full field development of multi-billion dollar projects in the oil & gas industry. His management style and distinct combination of skill-set have resulted in many state-of-the-art publications and innovative award-winning projects in the USA and Canada, where he has introduced and implemented several firsts-in-the-world.

Sasan has continuously been establishing and improving the link for collaboration between leading industrial partners (e.g. Chevron, Shell and DNV) and prominent universities (e.g. MIT, UBC and DAL). He believes this collaboration has been one of the main contributing factors behind the success of the projects he has managed by providing innovative engineering solutions.

Sasan received his Ph.D. from Dalhousie university in Canada, in collaboration with MIT in the USA. He has presented at various conferences, taught different courses in universities across North America, and been invited as panel speaker for join-industry seminars and events.