Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Czech Republic
About Prof. Milos DRDACKY
Associate Professor, PhD, DrSc, C.Eng., Dr.h.c.
Born December 12, 1945
Member of ASCE, IABSE, IASS, RILEM, ICOMOS, Honorary Member of CICOP Italy,
Cz.Ass.CEngrs., Soc. Hist. of Sci. and Techn., Ass. of Forensic Engrs., Cz. Soc. for Biology
Director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics ASCR Head of the ARCHISS Centre graduated at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1968. He is a member of ICOMOS ISCARSAH and CIVVIH Scientific Committees, founding member of the IASS WG "Historic structures", further working in the RILEM Technical Committees on timber assessment and on historic masonry assessment. He serves as expert on the protection of cultural heritage from natural disasters and coordinator of the WG6 in Focus Area Cultural Heritage of the European Construction Technology Platform. He is member of numerous editorial boards: ASCE J. Performance of Constructional Facilities, Acta Technica CSAV, Int. J. of Architectural Heritage: Conservation, Analysis and Restoration, REFICERE, Transylvania Nostra. Research interests involve mechanics of thin-walled metal systems, stability and post buckling behaviour of thin walls with random defects. Experimental methods in mechanics, testing of materials and structures, databases and information systems. Analysis and prevention of failures in building industry. Theory of creation of optimum structural systems under sustainability constraints. Historic structures and materials in an interdisciplinary context and holistic approach to their safeguarding. Documentation and planning of territories with a historic value. Mr. Drdácký was responsible for tens of national and international research projects and he is author or co-author of more than 340 publications. Teaching experience include CTU in Prague, University of Industrial Arts in Prague, Technical University Liberec, Technical University Brno and post graduate courses at the University College of London - Bartlett School, (UK) and the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage in Ravello, (Italy).
About Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Czech Republic
The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i. has been supported since 2000 as a European Centre of Excellence ARCCHIP (Advanced Research Centre for Cultural Heritage Interdisciplinary Projects) under 5th EC FP. It originated in 1921 as a research institute for testing of building materials and structures, continued since 1953-2006 as a governmental research institute and since January 2007 it exists as a public research institute (v.v.i.). About 30 research workers and 30 technicians in the Institute are engaged in problems relating mostly to civil and structural engineering with a strong attention to historic materials, structures and cities. Appropriately equipped laboratories and test sites are available together with a developed database system on historic materials, structures and their damage. This research is supported by on average 25 national and international research grants per year. ITAM was a partner in numerous international projects focused on cultural heritage, i.a. EC projects : Craft HISTO-CLEAN on control of cleaning of historic surfaces, INCO Project ARCCHIP, US(NSF) - Czech project on In-Situ Evaluation of Historic Wood Buildings, ONSITEFORMASONRY, ARI 2004 - CIBHER - studies of historic materials in Climatic Tunnel Jules Verne CSTB Nantes, NOAH'S ARK on Climate change effects on Cultural Heritage, CULTSTRAT on Air pollution effects on historic materials and objects, CHEF on cultural heritage protection against flood, CHRAF on problems of cultural heritage and construction industry (ECTP project), STONECORE on stone conservation for refurbishment of buildings. The Institute is located in Prague and has a detached laboratory ARCHISS in Telc - a World Heritage City. In both localities as well as several other places monitoring programmes take place