The Structural Engineering Platform (GIS)

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The Structural Engineering Platform (GIS) is an experimental platform offering the opportunity to test structural materials at large-scale using cutting-edge technology in measurement techniques and machinery. The GIS can rely on the extensive know-how of its technical staff to custom-design test to solve any real-life problem a lab or company may have.  

Our vision

By supporting researchers in striving to understand the response of selected parts of structures when subjected to extreme loadings, the GIS extends the service duration of existing structures by detecting their effective capacity and developing new structural materials and systems that support our vision of a sustainable, more resilient future for all societies.

Research and teaching

In addition the GIS offers a unique place to pursue fundamental research and teaching on a wide range of materials and structures. The platform is used by Master students, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, as well as for semester projects by visiting students from abroad, and generating publications in scientific journals, conferences and papers. The graph below shows the importance of these activities. The decline observed over the last three years can be explained by the Covid restriction period and also, since 2021, by several renewals of Professors in structural engineering (will continue until 2024).

Our organization

The GIS platform is coordinated by its own technical team and led by a consortium of members from eight labs (seven from the Civil Engineering Institute, and one from the Institute of Architecture), each specialized in one field of structural and computational engineering.