In 2009, the Members of the ETPIS High Level Group have selected as a TOP 5 priority the following topic:
"Methods to maintain safety of aged and repaired structures and provide technologies for life extension & Reliability based design and structural health monitoring (SHM) and risk based inspection technologies"

At the same time, several Member States have expressed their interest in initiatives that can help to better manage aging of the industrial facilities and infrastructures.

In France, a national action plan has been launched on January 13, 2010 to invite the industry to prepare the modernisation of the industrial facilities to minimize the impact of aging of the industrial installations (see

As a contribution to this challenge, ETPIS with the collaboration of IMDR and the industrial partners represented in the High Level Group has organised a technical workshop entitled: New challenges in Structural Safety in the context of the EU2020 Strategy and EU Grand Challenges.

The Technical workshop "New challenges in Structural Safety in the context of the EU2020 Strategy and EU Grand Challenges" took place in Paris, on May 31st, 2010.

The objective of the workshop was to:

- share information on  current challenges involving structural safety knowledge
- define the content of possible projects and initiatives
- identify leaders for new projects and new initiatives

You can find the agenda here.

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                                    New Challenges in Structural Safety

on May 31st, 2010
     in Paris

                       (click on the icon next to the presentation of your interest for download)

09:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:10

Introduction related to the "New challenges in Structural Safety in the context of the EU2020 Strategy
and EU Grand Challenges",

Olivier Salvi, ETPIS Secretary General

10:10 – 10:30

Aging and repair installations: example of the French National Plan to improve
industrial facilities
Gaëtan Prod’homme, INERIS


10:30 – 11:00

38 Measures against aging of industrial facilities: is it the right answer?

Aleksandar Jovanovic, Steinbeis R-Tech

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 11:30

Main issues identified by the Working Group GT3S of IMDR,

André Lannoy (IMDR) and Anne Baros (UTT)

11:30 – 12:30

Project "Structural Safety benchmark", André Lannoy (IMDR)
- main objectives and technical content
- requirements for a successful project
- preliminary ideas for funding
- discussion


12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break (buffet)

13:30 – 14:30

Presentation of project ideas and initiatives
(10 min per presenter)



Integrated approach for improved performance, reliability and safety of aged, repaired and strengthened structures under accidental loads (Dr. Andreas Rogge)



Rapid Assessment of Life Cycle Status of the Constructed Infrastructure (Prof. Helmut Wenzel)



Component Replacement and Life Extension of Ageing Power Plants (Dr Ahmed Shibli) and Unified Failure Analysis Tool with Damage Mechanisms database for Inspection and Maintenance in power plant (Dr Sarinova Simandjuntak)



Study of test cases in structural safety (André LANNOY and Anne Barros)



14:30 – 14:45


14:45 – 16:00

Directions for the preparation of a programme (set of projects)
Moderator: A. Jovanovic

Panelists: A. Lannoy, T. Yalamas, H. Wenzel, A. Rogge, A. Shibli
- topics, priorities, timeframe
- interested partners and leaders, in particular from industry
- identification of funding schemes, in particular multi-client project



End of the meeting