Professor, UPC, Spain
Professor Bernat is specialized in concrete structures, including bridges and buildings
Antonio Marí Bernat was born in Valencia, Spain in 1954. He earned a Degree in Civil Engineering in 1976 from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV) and a Doctor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1981 from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). In 1976 he began working at UPV as a lecturer teaching a course on Advanced Physics for Engineers. In 1977 he joined the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona (UPC), teaching reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, first in a temporary post, and as of 1987 with tenure. Since 1989 he has held the post of University Professor of the Department of Construction Engineering.
In the area of research, he has worked on topics related to concrete structures, including bridges and buildings, and in particular the development of analytical models for simulating the behaviour of these structures and assessing their safety and functionality, and also for designing new types of structures, construction processes and repair systems. In this field he has published three books and numerous scientific and technical papers, in refereed international journals and congresses and has directed and taken part in several research projects funded by public institutions and private firms of national and international scope.
He is a member of the Standing Committee on Concrete of the Ministry of Public Works, since 1994, participating actively in the drafting of several Specifications for the design and construction of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. He was the General Reporter of the new Specification for Structural Concrete (EHE), legally enforced throughout Spain, that was approved in 2008.. He has made research stays at the University of California at Berkeley (Fullbright Scholar 1982-83 and 1985) and the University of California at San Diego (visiting lecturer, 1993-94). He is an adviser and member of scientific and executive committees of a number of national and international technical associations on structures, Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Structural Concrete(1998-2001), member of the European Concrete Committee (fib, Task group TG 4/1 “Serviceability Models”), member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
He was Dean of the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, UPC) from 1989 to 1992, Director of the Department of Construction Engineering from 1997 to 1998, and Vice-President for Research of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) from 1998 to 2002, and Officer of the UPC for the Sustainable Development (2006-07). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Civil Engineers of Catalonia (1992-96), and 2006-currently) and President of UPC’s Centre for Development Cooperation (2002-06) He has participated as an external consultant in the quality assessment process in universities in Spain and abroad. He was a member of the Board of Counselors for Urban Strategies of the Major of Barcelona.
In April 2002, he received the first José Calavera International Prize, awarded by the Spanish Association of Reinforcing Steel Manufacturers, for his work on the “Optimal design of reinforced concrete structures based on automatic generation of strut and tie systems” . In 2002 he received the Medal of the Spanish Association for Structural Concrete (ACHE) and the Silver Medal of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 2010 he received the Distinction of the Civil Merito for his contribution to the 2008 Spanish Code as General Reporter. In 2011 He received the Medal to the professional Merit of the Spanish Civil Engineering Association (Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos) and in 2013 he received the Ildefons Cerdà Medal, the maximum distinction of the Catalan Association of Civil Engineers for his scientific and technical contribution in the field of structural concrete.
In the professional world, he has collaborated in an advisory capacity with government bodies and private companies in the construction industry in the design and construction of unique structures, and in the assessment, strengthening and repair of concrete structures.