Prof NW Dekker

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Nick Dekker received the degrees of BscEng, BEng Hons and MEng from the University of Pretoria and a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand. He spent most of his professional career with BKS where he was responsible for the design of a wide range of structures including bridges, industrial and commercial buildings, shopping centres, sports centres and process buildings. In 1996 he co-founded the practice Dekker & Gelderblom and was appointed as a Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He received an NRF rating in 1997. His field of interests include structural design in steel, pre-stressed concrete and reinforced concrete.


Teaching duties:

  • SIN 413Reinforced Concrete Design
  • SIN 411 - Structural Steel Design
  • SDC 420 - Civil Concept Design
  • SDO 420 - Detail Design
  • SIN 778 - Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
  • SIN 791 - Pre-stressed Concrete Design


Current Research interests  

Calibration of design methods using finite element analysis to achieve consistency with traditional resistance models. The influence of existing detailing rules on the serviceability performance of reinforced concrete plates.    


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