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3 July 2016

One of the best talks I have ever had and my presentation on ICMS 2016

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Today I will post about something a little bit different. I had an opportunity to be at International Conference on Metal Structures (ICMS 2016). It was a 3-day event gathering scientists and practitioners from all around the world to discuss new trends and ideas in steel structures. I had the privilege to have 2 presentations there about silos, and below you will find one of them recorded especially for the blog afterward (the article was written with 2 colleagues as I mention in the video).

But to be honest, presentations even threw given at an international conference were not the most important thing that happened there. I have met many really interested people and had many good conversations. I will mention only two, but I think the most influential for me. The first one was with prof. Rotter who is in my opinion the best specialist in silos structures in the world (and I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one thinking that since prof. Rotter is in charge of most codes currently prepared for shell design and silo structures in Europe). Since I also design silos, this meeting was incredible, and to my surprise prof. Rotter found around 3 hours of his time to talk with me about various ideas and development possibilities. I do not know if you ever had such a conversation with a specialist in your field, but I will give you an advice:

Find a person that you consider to be the most influential and wise in your field, and do your best to meet them and talk to them!

I cannot express how much I have learned and understood in just a few hours of talking. That is incredible how your perception change on many things. For one I understood that many more problems need solving than I initially anticipated when it comes to shell structures (and that relatively few people try to solve them). Secondly, I was very happy since I had general questions, but I could keep up with the answers prof. Rotter gave me (and I even suspected some correctly!). This might sound ridiculous, but I feared that I might actually not understand what we are talking about (even though I have a Ph.D. in shell stability and 7 years of design practice!). It was heartwarming to be able to talk with someone you consider a mentor and freely exchange thoughts on the subject you are interested in. Also, the professor was kind enough to ask me if I would like to review the new version of the code, just in case I might have remarks (of course there is entire comity to do just that and I’m not a part, but the simple fact that prof. Rotter thought that I might actually have something to say is incredible!).

There is also a second piece of advice for today, connected to the second important talk I had:

If you are doing something, find people that are doing similar things and spend time with them!

On the second day of the conference, I have met Ola, who is a CEO of a Polish branch of Dlubal Software (www.dlubal.pl), and a really nice person (who will most likely read that in some time, so yea… you are the best 🙂 ). We have talked for hours about running a business, the reality that surrounds us, and things like that. It is really nice to discuss problems with someone who understands them, it makes you feel less alone with all of them. Added bonus is that I use Dlubal software for almost 10 years now and even wrote about it in a previous post, so I could show Ola my blog (to gain those needed social points :P).

So in the end, the promised presentation of mine on silos stability.

And below is the picture of me presenting this topic at ICMS:


In my presentation on ICMS 2016, prof. Rotter (behind the table on the left) and prof. Marcinowski (on the right) were the Chairs of the session in which I had my 2 presentations.

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Author: Łukasz Skotny Ph.D.

I have over 10 years of practical FEA experience (I'm running my own Engineering Consultancy), and I've been an academic teacher for a decade. Here, I gladly share my engineering knowledge through courses, and on the blog!

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