Evan Bentz


Associate Chair - Civil Undergraduate Studies


Research Interests




Bentz, Evan 2016


Professor Evan Bentz is an expert in the development of structural software and is addressing the problem of how engineers can use new approaches in design to better assess and repair structures before catastrophe strikes.

Hypotheses on the mechanisms of building collapse are validated using the U of T-designed Shell Element Tester located in the Civil Engineering Structural Testing Facility. This is the only facility of its kind in Canada capable of testing full-scale shell elements subjected to all eight possible force components. Combined with the U of T-designed structural analysis software, “Response”, these researchers can predict the behaviour of structures in extreme circumstances. The “Response” software has helped revolutionize building codes across Canada, the United States and Europe. The advances in testing scope and precision that these collaborators have made will help to make building assessment and maintenance faster and more efficient, enabling engineers to more accurately predict which structures are safe following seismic events, thereby saving lives and reducing costs.

Education and Designations

B.A.Sc. (Waterloo)
Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Interests

Numerical modelling of reinforced concrete behaviour

Technology transfer applications for research on shear and torsion

Service life modelling of reinforced concrete structures

Analysis of ancient structures by modern methods


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV214HWinter Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

News Mentions

Disaster-proof: Major CivMin lab upgrade lets engineers design structures that can better withstand earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis

Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation will be used to acquire an adjustable, multi-dimensional loading module and other equipment for the Structural Testing Facility   An upgraded facility at U of T Engineering — one that is unique in the world — will let engineers test next-generation infrastructure designed to be resilient in the […]

CivMin profs online: A new digital world

Just as students have had to adapt to new ways of learning, professors in the Deparment of Civil & Mineral Engineering have been adept at delivering their online lectures and providing academic continuity. A few professors are sharing their new methods of delivering via the following images.             ~ ~ […]


Evan Bentz
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


Office: GB227

Tel: 416-978-4608
Fax: 416-978-6813