Sustainability-, Buildability- and Performance-driven Structural Design
Licentiatavhandling, 2019

The construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure networks represent substantial impacts, both positive and negative, in all three dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. The greatest possibility to reduce the negative impacts and increase the positive ones is at the early design stage of construction projects. One way of achieving that is by using performance-based requirements. However, the use of performance-based requirements requires design processes and methods that support better-informed choices in design. The aim of this thesis is to propose a conceptual framework supporting well-informed choices in the early design stage of civil engineering projects. The thesis is based on a number of case studies related to the development of new structures, materials, construction methods, as well as structural engineering design and analysis methods. This provided a comprehensive view on the overall design process and allowed to identify potential for improvements in structural design. In addition, a set-based parametric design method was developed to meet the need to evaluate a large number of design alternatives according to criteria in the early design stage. The proposed framework integrates these advanced structural design methods and technologies with data-driven multi-criteria decision analysis. This supports better-informed choices in the early design stage taking into account the sustainability, buildability and structural performance of the design alternatives.

material developments






integrated design

structural engineering

structural developments

design method


finite element analysis

concrete structures

civil engineering

construction technology

SB-H8, Samhällsbyggnad, Sven Hultins Gata 6
Opponent: Prof. Jochen Köhler, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Alexandre Mathern

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

Experimental study of time-dependent properties of a low-pH concrete for deposition tunnels

Proceedings of the International Federation for Structural Concrete 5th International fib Congress, 7–11 October 2018, Melbourne, Australia,; (2018)

Paper i proceeding

Enhanced strut-and-tie model for reinforced concrete pile caps

International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, 39th IABSE Symposium – Engineering the Future, September 21-23, 2017, Vancouver, Canada,; (2017)p. 607-614

Paper i proceeding

Sciegaj, A., Mathern, A. Two-scale modelling of reinforced concrete deep beams: choice of unit cell and comparison with single-scale modelling

Rempling, R., Mathern, A., Luiz Fernandez, S., Tarazona Ramos, D. Automatic structural design by a set-based parametric design method

Multi-criteria decision analysis methods to support sustainable infrastructure construction

IABSE Symposium Guimarães 2019 - Towards a Resilient Built Environment Risk and Asset Management,; (2019)p. 1084-1091

Paper i proceeding

The challenges of building inner sea offshore wind farms - the cases of Lillgrund and Anholt

Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization, 13-14 June, 2017, Göteborg, Sweden,; (2017)p. 307-317

Paper i proceeding

Hållbarhetsstyrd byggprojektering

VINNOVA, 2017-11-01 -- 2020-02-29.

NCC, 2017-11-01 -- 2020-05-29.

Trafikverket, 2017-11-01 -- 2020-05-29.

ISEAWIND – Innovativa konstruktionslösningar för vindkraftsfundament till havs

Energimyndigheten, 2015-08-01 -- 2018-09-30.

NCC, 2015-08-01 -- 2018-09-30.




Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)


Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap



Building Futures (2010-2018)




C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)


Chalmers tekniska högskola

SB-H8, Samhällsbyggnad, Sven Hultins Gata 6

Opponent: Prof. Jochen Köhler, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

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