Reliability Concepts and Realistic Design Standards


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Title: Reliability Concepts and Realistic Design Standards

Author(s): R. G. Sexsmith

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 198


Appears on pages(s): 15-22

Keywords: reinforced concrete; safety index; structural safety

Date: 3/1/2001

Professor Jim MacGregor began his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois just as his research advisor had become concerned with the safety provisions of the ACI building code. As MacGregor began his teaching and research career at the University of Alberta, developments in the reliability area became suitable for structural applications, especially in providing a basis for load and resistance factors. MacGregor was able to combine his exceptional talents in reinforced concrete behavior and design with the reliability-based code developments. This combination of expertise in reinforced concrete with an interest in safety requirements of codes has resulted in significant advances in the safe and economical design of concrete structures.