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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 LATEST CALL can be downloaded here.


Handouts prepared by the Formulators of the three benchmark Themes can be dowloaded from the links below. The formulators can be contacted to request additional information and clarifications.



The results of the analyses should be sent directly to the formulator of the Theme, according to the template excel files provided in the file packages.

The final contribution should be prepared according to the template that can be downloaded here, and submitted by email to the formulator and to MS Word fileS are preferable.

For the Open Theme submission, it is sufficient to send the file of the final contribution to




Seismic analysis of Pine Flat concrete dam

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

Theme A: Short description

Theme A: Full data (UPDATED on March 22nd)

Contact: Salamon Jerzy, Bureau of Reclamation, USA, tel. (303) 445-3219, e-mail:



Seismic analyses of Menta Embankment dam

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

Theme B: Short description

Theme B: Full data

Contact: Giacomo Russo, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Cassino and Southern Lazio University, and Department of Earth Science, Environment and Resources DISTAR, University of Napoli Federico II, e-mail:



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

Theme C: Short description

Theme C: Full data (UPDATED on April 29th)

Contact: Cristina Jommi, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering DICA, Politecnico di Milano, e-mail:



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

In this case, the final contribution should be sent by email to only.




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

15 February 2019: Handout of input data for the Benchmark Themes

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

March 15th 2019: Opening of the on-line early-bird registration

May 15th 2019: Deadline for the early-bird registration

July 15th 2019: Deadline for the submission of the results to the formulators

July 30th 2019: Deadline for the submission of the final contributions to





Preliminary Program

Monday, 9th September 2019


Theme presentations and discussion

Welcome reception in the prestigious Castello Sforzesco in the historical area of Milan


Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Theme presentations and discussion

Workshop dinner in a traditional restaurant located in the exciting modern area of the City


Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Technical visits on the Appenines hills to the Isola Serafini weir, crossing the Po River, and the Molato concrete buttress dam




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)


MORNING SESSION - 9:30 - 12:30

  • Limitations of Traditional Analysis and Design Procedures
  • Factors to be included in Earthquake Analysis of Dams
  • Response Spectrum Analysis including dam‐water‐foundation interaction
  • Response History Analysis including dam‐water‐foundation interaction: Substructure Method, Direct Finite Element Method


AFTERNOON SESSION - 14:00 - 17:00

  • Comparison of Computed and Recorded Responses
  • Nonlinear Modeling
  • Design and Evaluation
  • Ground Motion Selection and Modification






The registration is made on-line, following the link: REGISTRATION

Registration fees include lunches, coffee breaks, welcome reception, closing dinner, documentation.


The technical tour fee includes transportation by buses, coffee breaks, lunch.


The fees for accompanying persons include welcome reception, closing dinner and technical visits.


Workshop, Technical tour, and Short Course registrations can also be done independently.