Workshop: Design Of RC Elements For Structural Fire Safety

6th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Transportation Engineering (ICCSTE’21)

We are pleased to announce a dedicated half-day Workshop entitled, “Design Of RC Elements For Structural Fire Safety,” which will take place during the course of the 5th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Transportation Engineering (ICCSTE’20). The workshop will be instructed by Prof. Maged A. Youssef and Dr. Salah El-Fitiany from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Workshop registration is not included in the registration fee of the conference. Please register for the conference and workshop separately if interested in attending both events. For more information about registering for the workshop, please visit: registration information 


Fire is one of the common events that occur during the lifetime of Reinforced Concrete (RC) structures. This workshop focuses on providing attendees with the knowledge needed to assess the axial, flexural, and shear capacities of RC elements exposed to fire. Practical design examples will be presented and discussed. Tools that simplify the calculations will be provided to attendees. This workshop is part of a training series on structural fire engineering by Prof. Youssef and Dr. El-Fitiany.

Certificates for PDHs (Professional Development Hours) showing the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded upon completion of the workshop. The workshop will be 3.5 hours, which is equivalent to 0.35 CEUs.


By end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

1. develop a rational natural fire curve for a specific fire scenario.
2. convert the natural fire curve to an equivalent standard fire.
3. determine the temperature gradient within a heated concrete section.
4. assess the damaging effect of fire on the mechanical properties of concrete and reinforcing steel bars.
5. predict the axial, flexural, and shear capacities of RC elements during fire exposure.


Time Subject
1:00 to 2:45 1. Introduction to Structural Fire Engineering
2. Fire Modeling and Heat Transfer Calculations
    a. Fire Curves
    b. Approximate methods for heat transfer calculations
3. Effect of Elevated Temperatures on Material Properties
    a. Concrete
    b. Steel reinforcing bars
4. Workshop #1
2:45 to 3:00 Break
3:00 to 4:45 5. Flexural Capacity of RC Elements during Fire Exposure
    a. Columns
    b. Beams
    c. Slabs and walls
    d. RC sections under eccentric loading
6. Shear Capacity of RC Sections during Fire Exposure
7. Workshop #2
4:45 to 5:00 Closure & Workshop Evaluation

* preliminary, final schedule may change


Dr. Maged A. Youssef, P.Eng., is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. He received his PhD from McMaster University, Canada, in 2000, and then joined Murray Engineering P.C., New York City, as senior structural engineer. Dr. Youssef joined Western in August of 2002. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2009 and to the rank of Professor in 2015. He also acted as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Youssef received the 2007 R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to university teaching, he is actively involved in professional development of practicing engineers. Dr. Youssef’s research focus on improving safety of our civil structures to natural and man-made disasters. His research covers areas in Earthquake Engineering, Structural Fire Engineering, and Smart Materials and Systems. He shared in publishing three standards. He also published 2 book chapters, 57 journal articles, 55 conference papers, and several technical reports. He presented his research as a keynote/expert speaker in national and international conferences. He was also invited to present his research at Tohoku University (Japan), Kyoto University (Japan), and South China University of Technology (China). Dr. Youssef supervised 12 PhD students, and 8 Master students to graduation. He is currently supervising 3 PhD students and 2 Master Students. He is an active member of the professional Committees of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute. He is licensed professional engineer and is actively involved in structural engineering consulting activities.

Dr. Salah El-Fitiany, P.Eng., is a lead/senior structural engineer at Worley Canada and an adjunct research professor at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University. Dr. El-Fitiany is licensed as a professional engineer in Canada and has 15+ years of experience in design of RC, precast/prestressed concrete, and modular steel structures. Areas of expertise also include forensic engineering, structure retrofitting, elevated tanks, and analysis of structures at elevated temperatures and extreme loading. Dr. Salah El-Fitiany is a recognized instructor and has received several prestigious teaching awards including the “Peter A. Rosati Award for Outstanding Teaching” and the “USC Teaching Honour Roll”. Dr. El-Fitiany has published and co-authored more than 15 publications in structural fire safety.


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