The Canadian Steel Conference

Lucia Tirca

Dr. Lucia Tirca joined the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University in 2008 after she pursued post-doctoral work at Polytechnique Montreal and five years of professional practice in consulting companies in Montreal.

Dr. Lucia Tirca joined the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University in 2008 after she pursued post-doctoral work at Polytechnique Montreal and five years of professional practice in consulting companies in Montreal. Her main research interest is related to seismic design of steel building structures, assessment of structures, and retrofit design. Her work focuses on developing innovative earthquake resistant systems and detailed numerical models able to capture the failure mechanism. Current research topics include the development of building vulnerability curves for life-cycle cost using data from fragility analysis. She participated in post-earthquake investigations in Italy (2012) and New Zealand (2016). She is an active member of “Centre d’études interuniversitaires sur les structures sous charges extremes” (CEISCE), a member of SEI-ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems and a member of International Advisory Committee at STESSA conference.

Prior to 1990, various definitions of seismic demand were provided in building code editions and design approaches released in steel design standards were not capacity-based. Thus, the pre-1990 building stock is prone to exhibit severe seismic damage due to lack of lateral resistance and ductility.  Recent research and seismic retrofit design examples of braced frame buildings are presented.

*Sessions will be delivered in English or French. Interpreters will be available for each session. The language of delivery is indicated in the session’s title line.

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