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Education and Professional Experience
Major Awards
Committee Work
Publications
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Education and Professional Experience
3. 3. 1927
1939 - 46
1946 - 50
1950
1951 - 53
1953 - 56
1956
1956 - 57
1957 - 71
1971 - 1992
1992 -
2008 -

Birth: Meiringen BE; Native place: Zillis GR; Place of residence: Chur GR (Switzerland)
Comprehensive secondary school, Chur
Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Diploma in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Engineer in offices at Chur and Bern
Research Associate to Prof. Pierre Lardy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Dr. sc. techn., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Engineer at Société Dumez, Paris
Head of own Engineering Company at Chur, Switzerland
Professor of Structural Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Consulting Engineer in Private Practice

ChristianMennPartners AG, Partner

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Major Awards
 

2007: Bridge Design Award 2007, New York City Bridge Conference
2003: ACEC American Council of Engineering Companies, Grand Award for excellence in engineering and architectural concept
1998: Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal of the "Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft", Germany


 

1997: John A. Roebling Medal, Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania

 

1996: Honorary Doctor; University of Stuttgart

 

1991: Award for Science and Culture, Graubünden, Switzerland

 

1990: Freyssinet Gold Medal of the Fédération Internationale de la Précontrainte

 

1989: Honorary Member, Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects

1982: Fritz Schumacher Prize for outstanding bridge design, Germany

 

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Committee Work
1975 to 1991 Chairman of SIA Committee 162 of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (Building Code for Concrete Structures)
1992 Swiss Delegate of Eurocode II/2; Design of Concrete Bridges
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Publications
Former Publications mainly dealt with research work on:
  • Second-Order Analysis of slender reinforced Concrete Members (like Columns, Arches, Slabs of Cable stayed Bridges) and reinforced Concrete Systems
  • Partial Prestressing and External Prestressing
  • Crack Behaviour and Crack Control
  • Geometric Analysis of reinforced Concrete Members subjected to imposed Deformations.
  • Several Publications dealt with
    • The new Swiss Standards for reinforced Concrete Structures elaborated under my presidency
    • The design and construction of extraordinary Bridges

Recent Publications mainly deal with Problems of Durability of reinforced Concrete Bridges and Bridge Aesthetics, e.g.:

  • Verbindung von altem und neuem Beton (Bond of old and new Concrete). Birkhäuser Verlag Basel-Boston-Berlin; Bericht Nr. 193, August 1992.
  • Zustandsermittlung, Zustandsbeurteilung und Verstärkung von Stahlbetonbrücken; Vorspannung ohne Verbund (Strengthening of reinforced Concrete Bridges with external Prestressing). Vereinigung Schweiz. Strassenfachleute, Zürich, August 1996.
  • Ermittlung und Beurteilung der Bewehrungskorrosion (Investigation and Assessment of Corrosion in reinforced Concrete Bridges). Schweiz. Ingenieur + Architekt, Nr. 16/17; Zürich 1998.
  • Zustandsermittlung und Instandsetzung von Betonbrücken (Investigation and Repair of reinforced Concrete Bridges. Schweiz. Ingenieur + Architekt, Nr. 23; Zürich 2000.
  • The Place of Aesthetics in Bridge Design. Structural Engineering. International. Volume 6, No. 2, 1996.
  • Sunniberg Bridge, Klosters, Switzerland. Structural Engineering. International. Volume 7, No. 1, 1997.
  • Functional Shaping of Piers and Pylons. Structural Engineering. International. Volume 8, No. 4, 1998.

Other Authors:

  • Christian Menn: Bridge Builder. Bridge Design and Engineering; No. 15, second Quarter 1999.
  • Beautiful Thing. Bridge Design and Engineering; No. 17, 999.
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