228-0206/05 – Reliability and Safety of Building Structures (SBS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Structural MechanicsCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Martin Krejsa, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Martin Krejsa, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2011/2012Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KON09 doc. Ing. Petr Konečný, Ph.D.
KRE13 prof. Ing. Martin Krejsa, Ph.D.
MIC60 Ing. Vladimíra Michalcová, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students are familiarized with probabilistic approach to the assessment of the safety, serviceability and durability with the aid of basic principles of theory of reliability and computers.

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In this subject, students learn theoretical background and practical information about probabilistic assessment of load-carrying structures. For that purpose, they should master the probability and structure reliability theories. The key feature of the probabilistic method is that it is possible to express variability of input quantities in a stochastic (probabilistic) form, for instance, by histograms. Unlike the applicable standards and procedures which are based on deterministic expression of input quantities (using a single value – a constant), the probabilistic methods provide more precise reliability assessment and improved safety for those who use the buildings and structures.

Compulsory literature:

1. Melchers, R.E.: Structural Reliability Analysis and Prediction}. Second edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., England, 1999. (437 s) ISBN 0-471-98324-1. 2. TeReCo: Probabilistic Assessment of Structures using Monte Carlo Simulation, Background, Exercises and Software. Textbook and CD-ROM. ÚTAM AV ČR, Praha 2003. 2nd edition. ISBN 80-86246-19-1. 3. O. Ditlevsen and H.O. Madsen: Structural Reliability Methods, Technical University of Denmark, 2005.

Recommended literature:

1. FReET (Feasible Reliability Engineering Tool) - http://www.freet.cz/ 2. Simulation Based Reliability Assessment – SBRA - http://www.sbra-anthill.com/

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

At least 70% attendance at the exercises. Absence, up to a maximum of 30%, must be excused and the apology must be accepted by the teacher (the teacher decides to recognize the reason for the excuse). Tasks assigned on the exercises must be hand in within the dates set by the teacher.


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
221-0008 ODK-Bc Steel and Timber Structures Recommended
228-0203 SSKII Statics of Building Structures II Recommended
228-0204 PP Elasticity and Plasticity Recommended


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to theory of reliability and probabilistic computations. 2. Basics of probabilistic theory. 3. Random variable, probability distribution, (discrete and continuous). 4. Characterization, preparation and evaluation of random variables described by histograms. 5. Loading and load effect combinations of civil engineering structures. 6. Computational stochastic model featuring random variables (including description of resistance, load effects, reliability function, reliability conditions, limit states, computation of probability of failure, design probability). 7. Approximate methods SORM, FORM. 8. Monte Carlo numerical simulation method, pseudorandom number generator. 9. Enhanced Monte Carlo simulation methods: Latin Hypercube Sampling, Importance Sampling. 10. Numerical method Direct Optimalized Probabilistic Solution, types of optimalization. 11. Computational tools. 12. Probabilistic durability estimation, probabilistic optimalization, fatigue. 13. Random processes and fields, sophisticated reliability engineering methods (genetic algorithms, fuzzy sets, chaos theory). 14. Introduction to risk engineering

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Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2015/2016 Full-time English Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2014/2015 Full-time Czech Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2013/2014 Full-time Czech Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block
ECTS FCE Bc-Mgr 2012/2013 Full-time Czech Choice-compulsory 200 - Faculty of Civil Engineering - Dean's Office stu. block