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Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

G. Bolzon, D. Sterpi, C. Jommi

ITCOLD – Italian Committee on Large Dams

G. Ruggeri, G. Mazzà, R. Caruana, C. Cioccari

Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE S.p.A.

A. Frigerio, G. Faggiani, M. Meghella, M. de Nigris, F. de Larderel



General Organizer

ICOLD Committee A on “Computational Aspects of Analysis and Design of Dams”



MAZZA’, G.  Italy



ZENZ, G.  Austria


Technical Advisory Team

RESTELLI, F.   Argentina

LOPEZ, F.  Australia

TZENKOV, A.   Bulgaria

CURTIS, D.   Canada

CHEN, S.   China

MARULANDA, C.   Colombia

BROUCHEK, M.  Czech Republic

KHALIL, E. A.  Egypt

VARPASUO, P.   Finland

MOLIN, X.   France

TERHEIDEN, K.   Germany

DAKOULAS, P.   Greece


MEGHELLA, M.   Italy

NOGUCHI, Y.   Japan

ANDERSEN, R.   Norway

GLAGOVSKY, V.   Russia

VITHOKIN, E.  Russia

MINARIK, M.   Slovakia

KLUN, M.  Slovenjia


ROBERTS, G.  South Africa


MALM, R.  Sweden

GUNN, R.   Switzerland

PELECANOS, L.  United Kingdom

PERCELL, P.   United States









The Benchmark Workshop 2019 will be held at the Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical University in Italy with more than 44,000 enrolled students at present. The Benchmark Workshop will be hosted in the historical Milano Leonardo Campus.

Politecnico di Milano offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture, and design. It is ranked 1st in Italy and 9th in the World in the Civil and Structural Engineering field (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Milano is the main Italian financial city but it also represents an attraction point for designers, artists, photographers. Milano has an ancient city center with highly interesting buildings and a vivid cultural and social life, which makes it the Italian city of glamour.



From Airports to Milano DownTown

Malpensa Airport

To reach Millano Downtown from the Malpensa International Airport, two possible solutions are:

  • Malpensa Express - A direct train connects Malpensa Airport to Cadorna Railway Station and Centrale Railway Station every 30 minutes. Both end stations are in Milano Downtown and they are connected to the Milano Subway network.
  • Malpensa Shuttle - This is a bus service connecting Malpensa Airport to Milano Central Railway Station, connected to the Milano Subway network.

Linate Airport

Linate Airport is connected to Milano Downtown by Bus 73 from Linate airport to Milano Downtown. Other options are available at the following link.

Orio al Serio Airport

Orio al Serio (Bergamo) Airport is connected by bus services to Milano Central Railway Station or to Milano Lambrate Railway Station, the latter very close to the meeting venue. All the options are available at the following link.


How to reach the Meeting Venue

Public transportation in Milano allows traveling in the city quite easily.

The service is managed by ATM and if you need to plan a trip here you find a useful tool (use "Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32" for Aula De Donato, Politecnico di Milano). To travel on the public transportation, you need to buy a ticket and you must stamp it once on the bus or before entering the metro. For more information, please have a look at this link.

The Campus and Aula De Donato can be easily reached by subway MM2 (green line, Piola station) and by tram (no. 19 and 33).





The First Bulletin can be downladed here.


Preliminary descriptions about the proposed Themes can be downloaded from the links below:


Theme A:

Seismic analysis of Pine Flat concrete dam

Formulators: USBR and University of Colorado Boulder, USA; KTH, Sweden; RSE, Italy


Theme B:

Seismic analyses of Menta Embankment dam

Formulators: Cassino and Southern Lazio University, Perugia University and So.Ri.Cal. SpA, Italy


Theme C:

Coupled hydromechanical analysis of the pre-failure and the failure behaviour of a dyke on soft subsoil

Formulators: Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Delft University of Technology and STOWA, The Netherlands


Open Theme:

Papers related to numerical modelling of dams and/or appurtenant structures.


Anybody interested in attending the Workshop or participating to the Benchmark or attending the course are kindly requested to send a feedback to the Organizers by filling this file and sending it to, possibly before February 28th.


Information about the further steps related to the organization of the Benchmark Workshop and of the short course, together with details about the registration fees, will be sent within January 2019.



December 2018: Theme proposals and information about the organization of the workshop

February 2019: Handout of input data for the Benchmark Themes

End of February 2019: Statement of participation to Themes A, B, C and Open

May 15th 2019: Deadline for the Early-Bird registration

May 31st 2019: Deadline for the submission of Contributions





Preliminary Program

Monday, 9th September 2019


Theme presentations and discussion

Welcome reception


Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Theme presentations and discussion

Workshop dinner


Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Technical visits to dams and hydro infrastructures




Thursday 12th September 2019

Short course on Modern Methods for Nonlinear Earthquake Response History Analysis of Concrete Dams, Prof. Anil K. Chopra and research associates (University of California, Berkeley)