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 a privilege to have 2 presentations there about silos, and below you will find one of them recorded especially for the blog afterwards (article was written with 2 colleagues as I mention in the video).
But to be honest, presentations even threw given on 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. 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 advise:
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 learn and understood in just few hours talk. That is incredible how your perception change on many things. For one I understood that many more problems need solving that 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 ridicules, but I feared that I might actually not understand what we are talking about (even threw I have a PhD in shell stability and 7 years of design practice!). It was heart warming to be able to talk with someone you consider a mentor and freely exchange thoughts on the subject you are interested in. Also 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 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!
Second day of the conference I have meet 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 sometime, so yea… you are the best 🙂 ). We have talked for hours about running a business, reality that surrounds us and things like that. It is really nice to discuss problems with someone who understand them, it make 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 previous post, so I could show Ola my blog (to gain those needed social points :P).
So at the end, the promised presentation of mine on silos stability.
And below the picture of me presenting this topic at ICMS:
My presentation on ICMS 2016, prof. Rotter (behind table on the left) and prof. Marcinowski (on the right) were Chairs of the session in which I had my 2 presentations.