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Engineering for Sustainability, Strength and Comfort

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Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network

550 University Avenue

Second Floor Auditorium

Toronto, ON M5G 2A2

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This seminar is divided in three sections, discussing the topics of:


- GFRP (fibreglass) Reinforcement,


- Punching Shear Reinforcement,

- Thermal Bridges


  • Long-Term behaviour of GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer) Reinforcement

By Shamim Sheikh, PhD, P.Eng.,

This presentation will focus on recent research on the long-term behavior of GFRP reinforcement for concrete structures. Straight as well as bent bars will be considered. Consideration of such findings in the current developments of design codes will be discussed too.

Bio: Dr. Sheikh is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Before joining Toronto in 1989, he was on the faculty of the University of Houston. A Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Dr. Sheikh serves on technical committees of various professional societies including American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers and Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. In 1999, he received the American Concrete Institute Structural Research Award for outstanding contributions to the application of structural engineering research and for notable achievement in research in structural engineering.

  • History of Structural Concrete and Flat Plate Systems

By Marianna Polak, PhD, P.Eng.

This presentation will focus on the history of structural concrete and various interesting application facts. The sustainability aspect of concrete will also be discussed. Reinforced concrete flat plate systems and recent research on the use of punching shear reinforcement in seismic areas, for a more ductile response, will be presented as well.

Bio: Dr. Polak is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Professor Polak’s research interests surround the mechanics of reinforced concrete structures, constitutive modelling of engineering materials etc. Professor Polak has written several articles in international journals. She is affiliated with the American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers/Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Professional Engineer’s Ontario, and The International Federation for Structural Concrete, and is also a Humboldt Research Fellow.

  • Structural Thermal Breaks – For Code Compliance, Energy Savings and Thermal Comfort.

By Dritan Topuzi, PhD, P.Eng.

This presentation will focus on an introduction to the effects of thermal bridges in concrete and steel connections, and their impact on energy consumption and thermal comfort. Possible solutions will be discussed, including the benefits of using structural thermal breaks to address them. Recent changes in relevant codes will be discussed too.

Bio: Dr. Topuzi is the Product Manager of Schöck North America. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Norwich University, VT, USA, and a registered professional engineer in ON, BC, AB, QC and NS. He received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2015 on Reinforced Concrete Flat Plate Systems in Seismic Areas. Dr. Topuzi is a member of various technical associations, like the American Concrete Institute, Canadian Standards Association etc. He is also an accredited PMP and LEED AP.

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