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Joan Ramon CASAS


Full Professor | PhD MSc BSc in Civil Engineering


Dr. Joan Ramon CASAS (Spain, 1960) got his 6-year program degree in Civil Engineering (1984) and his PhD (1988) in Construction Engineering from Technical University of Catalonia, UPC-BarcelonaTech (Barcelona, Spain). At this moment, he is Professor of Bridge Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering in Barcelona, UPC-BarcelonaTech (Spain). His area of expertise is Design, Construction and Management of Bridges and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) with main focus on Fiber Optic Sensors (FOS).   

Secretary General of IABMAS (International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety), since 1999, Chairman of Working Commission I on Structural Performance, Safety and Analysis of IABSE (2009-2013) and Vice-chairman of the same Commission from  2005 to 2009. Managing Editor for Europe and Associate Editor of the Journal STRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, Associate Editor of the Journal of Bridge Engineering (ASCE) and Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in the Built Environment-Bridge Section

Main field: Bridge Safety and Durability. Reliability-based Inspection and Management of Concrete Bridges. Bridge loading. Life-cycle assessment of structures.

Other fields: Concrete Bridge Design and Construction, Dynamic testing of bridges, Inspection methods and Structural Health Monitoring, Concrete Structures Repair and Strengthening.

Current research interests: Robustness and Redundancy of Concrete Structures, advanced non-destructive techniques in bridge evaluation, repair and strengthening of existing bridges with advanced materials, long-term performance and life-cycle analysis of bridges.

Author or co-author of 14 books and 15 chapters of books, 140 papers in refereed technical journals and over 400 communications to international scientific meetings. Participation in more than 100 consulting and advising works related with bridges for private companies and Public Institutions.


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Professor of Bridge Engineering (basic and advanced courses) and Structural Management (basic and advanced courses):

- Visiting Professor, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, 2012

- Visiting Professor, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, México, 2007

- Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional de Chiapas, Tutxtla Rodríguez, México, 2007

- Visiting Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, 2005

- Visiting Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2005

- Visiting Professor, Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan, 2004

- Visiting Professor, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland, 2004

- Visiting Professor, Escuela Politécnica del Ejército, Quito, Ecuador, 1997

- Visiting Professor, Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina, 1993

- Visiting Professor, Universidad Católica de Asunción, Asunción, Paraguay, 1993

- Visiting Professor, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 1991

Academic director of the Ph.D. program in Construction Engineering at UPC-BarcelonaTech. Former academic director of the Master Program in Structural and Construction Engineering from 2011 to 2015 and Dean of the School of Civil Engineering from 2001 to 2004.

- Bill Curtin Medal 1998, awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers of United Kingdom to the best paper presented to the Institution describing innovative design in civil engineering.

- Special Service IABMAS award 2004, awarded by the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety.

- Civil Engineering School Medal 2004, awarded by the School of Civil Engineering of the Technical University of Catalunya for outstanding contribution to teaching activities and research in the field of civil engineering.

- 2012 IABMAS Senior Prize, awarded by the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety in recognition of outstanding contributions to the application of advanced bridge inspection, assessment and monitoring techniques.

- 2012 Outstanding Paper Award, awarded by IABSE (International Associaction for Bridge and Structural Engineering) to the best scientific paper published in the Journal of Structural Engineering during the year 2012

Vice-Chair of the COST Action TU1406: Quality Specifications for Roadway Bridges: standardization at a European level (

He is member of ACHE (Spanish –Association of Structural Engineering), IABSE (International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering), IABMAS (International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety), FIB (Federation Internationale du Beton), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and IALCCE (International Association for Life-cycle Civil Engineering)

Member of Commission 5 (Existing structures ) and 6 (Sustainability) in IABSE and member of Commission 3 (Existing Concrete Structures ) and 8 (Durability) in FIB.