AIMS & SCOPE
The academy is an initiative of SAMCO,
an EC funded European network on structural assessment, monitoring
and control, coordinated by VCE Holding GmbH. The SAMCO network
joins construction companies, bridge-owners and managers, railway
consultants, road authorities, equipment suppliers, research institutions,
regional and city governments and universities. Knowledge transfer
is one of the main targets of the network.
The Summer Academy is a 5-day event (arrival,
3 days of full program, departure) with a limited number of participants.
The objective is to bring the top-level experts from all over
the world together in an event which size still allows detailed discussion.
The objectives of this academy are:
- to inform about the state-of-the-art
- to give training on applications
- to provide access to international collaboration
There will be representatives from the most important
Research Centers in Europe, like the Joint Research Centre (JRC)
or the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), but also
from partner institutions from outside Europe like the Drexel University (US),
of Tokyo (Japan), the National Science Foundation (US), the Largest Shaking
Table in the world (Japan), etc.. Besides there is a strong emphasis
on the end users such as bridge managers, authorithies and administrations.
Dr. Helmut Wenzel, managing director of VCE
Holding GmbH, coordinates the SAMCO network and is main organizer
of the Summer Academy 2005.