Ghyslaine McClure


Eng, Ph.D.



B.Eng (Montreal, 1980)
S.M. (MIT, 1984)
Ph.D. (Montreal, 1989)


Tel: 514-398-6677
Fax: 514-398-7361
ghyslaine.mcclure [at] (E-mail)

General information

Professor McClure joined McGill in 1991 after five years of professional practice in transmission line engineering. She has more than 25 years of experience in structural dynamics and advanced computational solid mechanics research. One of her two main research axes of the last 15 years relates to realistic assessment and improvement of post-earthquake functionality of buildings. She is among the founding members, and current Chair of the technical committee of the Canadian Standard CSA S832 on Seismic risk reduction of operational and functional components (OFCs) of buildings. Her research group is focused on developing seismic functionality assessment methods adapted to existing post-critical buildings (schools, hospitals and community centres designated as emergency shelters) and making use of ambient vibration measurements. Her second main current research axis relates to the computational investigation of wind-structure interaction problems.

She is also serving the University in the role of Associate Provost, Academic Personnel and Priority initiatives since August 2013.

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Professional affiliations

  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ No. 34140); Liaison for the Faculty of Engineering
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (Fellow)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Civil Engineering

Research interests

  • Security of high voltage overhead transmissions against accidental loads
    • Dynamic response of lines to ice shedding from conductors: experimental and computational studies.
    • Dynamic response of lines to conductor rupture: computational studies.
    • Response of lines to high intensity winds.
    • Advanced computational mechanics of stranded cables and conductors.
    • Contributions to international design guidelines and standards (through CIGRÉ work).
  • Seismic vulnerability and risk of operational and functional components in buildings
    • Development of vulnerability assessment methods
    • Applications to post-critical buildings of the Montreal area (emergency shelters, schools and hospitals) and knowledge transfer
    • Shake table testing of components
    • Contributions to national design guidelines and standards (CSA S832)
  • Wood connections and entire wood light-frame building response to wind
    • Experimental and computational mechanics studies
    • Wind load monitoring
    • Contributions to national design standards on wood buildings (CSA O86)
  • System identification of building structures using ambient vibration measurements
    • Development of period data base for medium and high rise buildings in Montreal
    • Assessment of low-rise light-frame buildings (wood, steel)
    • Measurements of structural damping in buildings
    • Contributions to National Building Code of Canada

Research network affiliations

  • Canadian Seismic Research Network (CSRN), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Research Network. Member. (2008-present)
  • Centre d’études interuniversitaires sur les structures sous charges extrêmes (CEISCE), (Centre for interuniversity studies of structures under extreme loads). Fondation Québécoise pour la Recherche Nature et Technologie (FQRNT). Member (2006-present) Centre d'étude interuniversitaire des structures sous charges extrêmes
  • International Research Centre on Atmospheric Icing and Power Network Engineering (CENGIVRE), Université du Québec at Chicoutimi. Research Collaborator. (2003-present)
  • Centre d'Infrastructures Sismiques Majeures Interuniversitaires du Québec (CISMIQ), ( Centre for interuniversity major seismic infrastructure of Quebec), FQRNT. Member. (2002-2005)

Technical activities in committees and associations

  • Chair and Convener of CIGRÉ (Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques/ International Council on Large Electrical Systems) Scientific Committee B2 on Overhead Lines Working Group B2.22 on Mechanical Security of Overhead Lines. June 2008 - present.
  • Member of Editorial Board of the International Journal Computers & Structures ELSEVIER 2003 – present.
  • Voting Member, General Interest Category. Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee CSA-S832 Guideline on seismic risk reduction of operational and functional components of buildings. Participation in several seminars/workshops related to the activities of the Committee (listed as Invited Conference Presentations). 1997 - Present.
  • Member of Working Group No. 4 on Masts and Towers. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures IASS 1997 – Present.
  • Voting Member, General Interest Category. Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee CAN/CSA-S37 Design of Antennas, Towers and Antenna-Supporting Structures. Reviewer for the French edition of the 1994 version of the Standard. Author of Appendix M Seismic Analysis of Towers. Author of revised Appendix M (2001) Earthquake-resistant design of towers. 1992-Present.
  • Member of Working Group B2-06 Principles of Overhead Line Design. CIGRÉ Scientific Committee B2 on Overhead Lines. 2004-2008
  • Chair of Task Force B2.06.09 on Overhead Line Design for High Intensity Winds. CIGRÉ Scientific Committee B2 on Overhead Lines. 2004-2008.
  • Member, Research Committee of the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering. 2004-2007.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Task Committee on Dynamic Analysis of Lattice Towers. Author of several sections of Guideline published in 2001. 1996-2000.
  • National Chair, Student Affairs Committee, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). 1995-1999.
  • Member, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Structural Division. Technical Committee on the Use of Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures. 1991-1994.

Scientific publications

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