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On Friday 19th of October 2012, Prof. Bernard Espion is invited to give a talk on Conoids and Hypars: Early Thin Shell Design in France and Benelux, in an International Symposium in Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Franz Dischinger (entitled "Shell Pioneers"), at the TU Berlin.


Franz Dischinger (1887–1953) is an indisputably significant 20th-century civil engineer. Many aspects in connection with his work are still unknown, such as the wider context of his activity in thin concrete shell design and construction. Research on pre-war thin concrete shell construction usually focuses on national engineering heroes. The extensive cross-border exchange of information on the latest technical improvements, however, makes it fairly implausible that these engineers were unaffected by the developments in other countries.
The symposium “Shell Pioneers” wants to close this knowledge gap. A group of leading experts will therefore discuss the international dimension in the work of some of the most important innovators in the field of early thin shell construction. Special attention will be paid to the role of Dischinger, whose theoretical and practical work was so widely influential. 


More information is available on the symposium flyer, or on the Construction History Society website.