IABSE Newsletter September 2018

September 2018

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Important Dates

Next Conference:

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

IABSE New York 2019
‘The Evolving Metropolis'
September 4-6, 2019

Call for Abstracts info: Click Here!

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IABSE Fellows and Young Engineers lunch in Nantes
Like every year, IABSE Fellows met our Young Engineers over lunch to share knowledge, to inspire each other and to interact. Where else do you get this opportunity – where young structural engineers, fresh out of their college or just starting on their jobs get to meet and discuss any issues concerning their career, with those who are in leading positions in top structural engineering companies around the world. Find more photos from the Young Engineers and Fellows meet here: Click Here!

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IABSE’s 40th Symposium and Annual Meetings in Nantes: Few Glimpses

The 40th IABSE Symposium on ‘Tomorrow’s Megastructures’ organized by the French Group of IABSE, in cooperation with AFGC was a big success with over 575 delegates from 40 countries. Hosted in the beautiful city of Nantes, at the La Cite de Nantes Events Centre.

The Symposium’s Organizing Committee was chaired by Bruno Godart, and Christian Cremona chaired the Scientific Committee has received over 500 abstracts that featured 295 papers in the Technical Program. There were 6 keynote lectures from renowned speakers and 64 parallel sessions. Preceding the Symposium, from Sept. 17 -21 were the IABSE Annual Meetings and three Pre-Symposium Workshops on;

1. Structural Failures—cases, causes, investigations, lessons learned
2. Designing with UHPFRC based on most recent standard
3. Practice of Finite Elements Calculation

The presentation on Genoa bridge collapse by F. Palmisano, was a current topic and was well attended.

The Symposium has lived up to the high expectations of the participants. Exhibitors and participants enjoyed their small yet essential talks over ‘Standing Lunches’ served at the exhibition area and the fine French cuisine and wine during sophisticated yet fun social events.

Watch out for the Symposium article in the forthcoming issue of SEI with more photographs from the event.

Permanent Committee meeting during the IABSE Annual Meetings precedes Symposium.

Opening Ceremony started with welcome adresses from the Organizing Committee, followed by IABSE Awards and Keynote Lecture. Participants and Exhibitors enjoyed their small talks while having standing lunch at the Exhibition area.

Welcome Reception at "Les Machines" with an amazing array of mechanical animals and the walking elephant which stole the show. Gala Dinner at the Pigossière Castle.

L to R: Fellows with Young Engineers at a lunch meet; Prize Winners:
H. Fairclough, D. Skokandic, and C. Poirriez

Find more photos from the Young Engineers and Fellows meet here: Click Here!

IABSE Conferences

Guimaraes 2019 

Early Bird registration: till December 15, 2018

Are you ready for something new?

The Organising Committee of Guimaraes 2019 is excited to introduce a new kind of exciting competition in an IABSE Symposium, the ‘IABSE Tank.’

Read about the Keynote Speakers, topics, and other details in the Final Invitation: Click Here!

New York 2019 

Call for Abstracts by
November 1, 2018.

A request for abstracts for the 2019 New York City Congress is now open. Please submit your abstracts in PDF format and not exceeding 250 words to be considered. Preference will be given to relevant papers submitted under one of the paper session topics.

Full Congress Details:
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Book Reviews (3)

Explore the IABSE
Publications Archive

IABSE Symposium Report (Nantes 2018)

Buy Online with
Members Discount

(Available soon)

SEI November 2019:  Extending the Life Time of Old Steel and Composite Bridges (Extended timeline):
Submit Full Paper by
October 31, 2018.

IABSE Conference Report (Copenhagen 2018)

Buy Online with
Members Discount

National Groups events

National Groups








United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

The National Groups Chairs and Representatives Meeting took place on
Sept.17, 2018

Logo's of National Groups

National Groups can download their logos from their webpage on the
IABSE website

New -NG founded!
United Arab Emirates

We are glad to announce our newly founded UAE National Group of IABSE and we are looking forward to their future activities and active participation in the Association’s activities.

Dr. Francesco Presta with his 6 members
in the newly founded UAE NG in Sept.2018


October 16, 2017 till
January 15, 2019

Croatian National Group of IABSE supports the research project CODEbridges: Influence of concrete damage on reinforcement corrosion - computer simulation and in service performance of bridges, founded by Unity trough knowledge fund.

Read more here..


March 18–22, 2019

Croatian National Group supports the RILEM SMSS 2019 CONFERENCE to be held in Rovinj, Croatia. http://grad.hr/rilem.smss/

Japan, China, Korea

Young Engineers Colloquium in East Asia, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

This Colloquium offers young engineers (under about 35 years of age) the opportunity to present interesting projects from university, research or construction practice to an audience of fellow structural engineers. The best presentations of research paper and report of construction project will be awarded a prize money of 2,000 RMB each.

Read Full Report:
Click Here!


Visit to Wimbledon Court 1
October 2, 2018, more..

Young Professionals Paper Prize,
Deadline: October 11, 2018, more..

Greece Study Tour
October 12-14, 2018

The British Group is organizing a Greece Study Tour from October 12-14, 2018, open to all.

Further Information
Click Here!


Third Istanbul Bridge Conference (iBridge2018)
November 5-6, 2018

This conference will be held in Istanbul Hilton on November 5-6, 2018. iBridge 2018 is intended to provide a continued discussion platform to develop safe, sustainable and economically feasible solutions to be followed in bridge research, design and construction worldwide.

Further Information
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October 5-6, 2018, The Indian National Group is organizing a Workshop in India “Inspection, Investigation and Repair/Rehabilitation of Bridges and Flyovers” at Thiruvananthapuram, India. The sub-themes
of the Workshop are as under:

Session 1 - Inspection, Investigation and Bridge Management System.

Session 2 - Repair Materials and Techniques.

Session 3 – Repair/Rehabilitation and Case Studies.

Contact: ingiabse@hotmail.com


The Polish Group of IABSE, Wroclaw
May 20-22, 2020

Venue: Congress Centre of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges Main organizers: WUST, Faculty of Civil Engineering Polish Group of IABSE; Jan Bień, Jan Biliszczuk, Paweł Hawryszków.

Members News

Brian Duguid (representing Mott MacDonald) and others receiving the award, the Ordsall Chord project

Awarded: Brian Duguid, UK

Brian Duguid, UK, received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Major Project Award for 2018 for the Ordsall Chord project.

AECOM and Mott MacDonald were designers for the scheme and are collective members of IABSE. Brian Duguid is an individual member of IABSE and a member of the UK group Executive Committee. The Ordsall Chord has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Major Project Award for 2018. Details of the project have been presented at IABSE Conferences in Bath, UK and Vancouver, Canada, and a paper has been submitted to SEI. The Ordsall Chord opened to railway traffic in December 2017.

For more information, Click Here!

Co-Sponsored Events


The 6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering 2018 will be held in Ghent from October 28 to 31, 2018. In our contemporary high-level society, civil engineering structures are expected to be designed to meet long-term requirements related to structural safety, robustness, serviceability, durability and sustainability, more..

GeoMEast 2018

‘Sustainable Infrastructures: Structural Integrity’ - Call for Abstracts is still open! The GeoMEast SERIES is managed by SSIGE and supported by a number of leading international professional organisations, more..

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