IABSE Newsletter 2017/12

IABSE Newsletter 2017/12

Structural Engineering Documents 15
'Engineering History and Heritage - Viewpoints and Approaches'

Eberhard Pelke and Eugen Brühwiler

This Structural Engineering Document (SED) is a compilation of contributions devoted to the vast topic of history of structural engineering as well as interventions on heritage structures and structures of high cultural values. Various, sometimes opposed, viewpoints and approaches are expressed and presented. The rather heterogeneous and controversial nature of the content of this SED shall stimulate lively discussions within the structural engineering community who needs to increase the awareness of historical and cultural aspects of structures and structural engineering.

SED 15 has been elaborated by IABSE Working Group 9 ’Construction History’ and has the general objective to promote the science of construction history and to demonstrate its importance for structural engineers. It intends to make a significant contribution to modern structural engineering and to provide access to construction history for practicing structural engineers.

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The promising Kuala Lumpur Conference ‘Engineering the Developing World’ will offer participants topical themes to be discussed in depth, covering the most recent developments in bridge and structural engineering. With participants anticipated from over 30 countries, the conference presents a great networking opportunity which should not be missed. 


Themes and Topics

  • Large Scale Infrastructure Projects
  • Engineering Innovations for Rapid Urbanisation
  • Towards Achieving a Low Carbon Footprint
  • Harmonising New and Old
  • The Future of Aesthetic Design


Keynote Speakers

David A. Nethercot, UK
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London

Mike Schlaich, Germany
Professor, Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design at the Technische Universität Berlin, Managing Director at Schlaich Bergermann Partner

Datuk Ir Hj Ismail Bin Md Salleh, Malaysia
Director General, Malaysian Highway Authority

Congzhen Xiao, China Deputy Chief Engineer, China
Academy of Building Research

Dato’ Dr Ismail Mohamed Taib, Malaysia
Former Managing Director of Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd

Ming Thein, Malaysia
Commercial and Industrial Photographer

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The IABSE Danish Group invites you to share your experience in operation and maintenance of bridges and civil structures during a two-day conference near Copenhagen on June 25-27, 2018.

As management of bridges and civil engineering structures involves significant expenditures, at a time where public resources are constrained, it requires engineers, researchers and public and private agencies to choose solutions, which are efficient in terms of reliability, availability, safety, health, economy and environmental aspects. It is therefore important to ensure that the latest advances in technologies and experiences are shared to ensure the needs of the future are met.

The objective of the conference is to provide a forum for owners, operators, designers, researchers, contractors and suppliers to meet, discuss and exchange ideas and experiences within the topics of operation and maintenance of bridges and other civil engineering structures.


Keynote Speakers

Fernando Branco, Portugal
President of IABSE

Adriano Maglica, Sweden
National Coordinator, Major bridges, Swedish Transport Administration

Lars Fuhr Pedersen, Denmark
Technical Director, Sund & Baelt Holding A/S

Neil A. Cumming, Canada
Celeritas Consultants Ltd.

Rosemarie Helmerich, Germany
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

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Important Dates

IABSE Kuala Lumpur 2018
‘Engineering the Developing World' 
April 25-27, 2018

IABSE Copenhagen 2018
‘Engineering the Past to Meet
the Needs of the Future'
June 25-27, 2018

IABSE Nantes 2018
‘Tomorrow's Megastructures'
September 19-21, 2018

IABSE Guimaraes 2019
‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment Risk and Asset Management'
March 27-29, 2019

IABSE New York 2019
‘The Evolving Metropolis'
Save the date:
September 4-6, 2019


JCSS Course: April 4-11, 2018

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News from National Groups

Haseltal Bridge (photo: Adam Hörnig Baugesellschaft mbH &Co)

Germany/Austria - Young Engineers under 35 years of age, are invited to submit abstracts to present student projects, PhD research papers as well as construction projects from all fields of civil engineering, for the Young Engineers Colloquium 2018 (YEC 2018). This event will be held in Munich on April 13-14, 2018, at the University of Armed Forces.
Submission deadline:
December 2017, 31. More..

The Netherlands - On January 30, 2018, the Dutch Group of IABSE is organising the seminar 'IABSE Connect 2018', at Moavres in Utrecht, more.. (in Dutch)

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General Assembly

Mexico - On December 7, 2017, the Mexican Group of IABSE held its General Assembly at the Faculty of Higher Studies Acatlan in Naucalplan. They elected their new Executive Committee for 2017-19. Under the leadership of Carlos Mendez Galindo, the Group has been invigorated and has grown from 10 to 30 members since 2015 and recently launched their new website. Read the full report.
Visit: www.iabse.org.mx

Switzerland - The Swiss Group of IABSE will host the next Young Engineers Symposium on YES2018, October 4, 2018, in Lucerne, Switzerland. More information will be available on www.iabse.ch in due time.

News from Members

A. Nowak receiving the ‘Doctoris Honoris Causa (photo: www.eng.auburn.edu)

Andrzej S. Nowak - Professor and department chair of civil engineering, at Auburn University, USA, has received an honorary doctoral degree ‘Doctoris Honoris Causa’ from his alma mater, the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. This is highest academic honour that can be awarded by a Polish university. Prof. Nowak is a former Chair of the IABSE Working Comission 1, more..

Image by ChiralJon, Wikimedia Commons

David A. Nethercot - former President of IABSE, has been appointed as assessor to Grenfell Tower Inquiry. He will assist Chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, in considering technical issues relating to the design and construction of Grenfell Tower and its refurbishment. Prof. Nethercot will also suggest lines of questioning for witnesses to counsel to the Inquiry, more..

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The National Congress of Civil Engineering Mexico 2018 has among its objectives disseminate advances in civil engineering and promote the exchange of technologies to meet the development demands of Mexico and the Latin American region. The professional, academic and scientific community is invited to participate with the presentation of the results of their research, projects and innovations, in posters, within the framework of the Congress.

Call for Posters by: January 15, 2018, more.. (Spanish)

International Conference on Structural Engineering Education without Borders: Abstract submission has been extended until January 15, 2018.

Keynote Speakers are Prof. Mike Schlaich from TU Berlin and Schlaich, Bergermann und Partner and Prof. Chris Wise from Expedition Engineering and University College London.

Registration fees have been published (190 euros for early registration). Fees include workshop attendance, coffee-breaks, lunches, a visit to La Zarzuela Racecourse and a casual conference dinner, more..

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