IABSE Newsletter 2017/11

IABSE Newsletter 2017/11

Re-organisation of IABSE Technical Activities

September 20, 2017, the Permanent Committee approved the changes to the IABSE By-Laws which will affect the structure of IABSE’s Technical Committee (TC). Newly elected TC Chair
Prof. Daia Zwicky, Switzerland will take over the implementation of the new changes and will try to finalise the new TC structure at its Spring meeting next year in Zurich.

The above organigram, shows the new TC structure. Some of the current Working Commissions (WC) and Working Groups (WG) will be converted into Task Groups (TG) and will report under a Commission according to their respective topic. All Commissions and Boards including OPAC and OStrAC will be governed by the Technical Committee to provide coherence and quality.

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The IABSE Conference Guimarães 2019 will be held from March
27-29, 2019, in Guimarães, Portugal. This Conference is organised by the Portuguese Group of IABSE (Associação Portuguesa de Engenharia de Estruturas - APEE) in co-operation with the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE), and the University of Minho, Portugal.

The Objectives of this Conference are to:

  • Place the topic of Sustainability of the Built Environment in an International Discussion Forum
  • Offer a worldwide discussion in risk assessment and infrastructure asset management with a share of knowledge from different stakeholders
  • Discuss Performance and Costs of built environment assets, with a focus on ‘Zero Maintenance’
  • Provide the adaptation of Young Engineers to the topics of Risk, Construction, Quality, Resilience and management.

Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract (200-300 words), related to the Themes and Topics of the Symposium by using the template available at the online submission platform available on the conference webpage.

More information www.iabse.org/Guimaraes2019

Left to right: C. Uytiepo (IABSE), D. Fernández-Ordóñez (fib), A. Griffoin (RILEM), B. Mateo (IASS), W. Bakens (CIB)

The Liaison Committee met on Nov. 7, 2017

The annual Liaison Committee (LC) meeting took place this year at the IABSE Secretariat in ETH Zurich Hönggerberg under the Chairmanship of IABSE Executive Director, Chep Uytiepo.

The meeting was very productive involving sharing of each member association activities and new ideas on how to tackle the challenges facing the future of member associations. In addition, there are plans to improve synergy between associations in the future.

For more information, please visit the LC webpage at www.iabse.org/LC

Members of IABSE are invited to propose nominations for the IABSE Awards by contacting the Chair of their National Group, Country Representative or directly to IABSE Secretariat. The Chairs will submit their proposals to IABSE Secretariat by the following dates:

December 15, 2017

 - Honorary Membership 2018
 - International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering 2018
 - IABSE Prize 2018

June 30, 2018

 - Outstanding Structure Award 2019

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IABSE Calendar 2018

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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 2-6, 2019


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News from National Groups

Chile - IABSE welcomes the Chilean Group founded on Oct. 17, 2017 in Santiago. Members in Chile met for the first time to attend their Founding meeting and elected as Chair Matías A. Valenzuela. The Group has established its mission, vision and strategy. The Group plans to strengthen the collaboration among members of IABSE in Chile and the National Bridge Committee, including promotion of IABSE activities, publications, and knowledge repository to Chilean civil engineers, more..

France - UHPFRC 2017 is the third symposium that was organised in France on ‘Designing and Building with UHPFRC ‘ by AFGC representing the French Group of IABSE, with co-sponsorship of RILEM, fib and ACI. It was attended by over 300 participants from 29 countries, 100 students from local civil engineering graduation programs, more..

Denmark - On October 26, 2017, the Danish Group of IABSE held a very successful and well-attended mini-seminar on 'Bridge Aesthetics: Collaboration between Architect and Engineer'. The programme included seven inspiring presentations by architects and engineers. The Danish bridge building tradition is rich on examples of successful designs developed and delivered in collaboration between owners, architects, consultants and contractors. Read the report..

United Kingdom - Roger Ridsdill Smith, Head of Structural Engineering and a Senior Partner at Foster + Partners will receive the Milne Medal award and deliver the 2017 Milne Medal Lecture at 18.00 on November 23, 2017 at the Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS, more..

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Zdenek P. Bazant, an expert in materials science who is renowned for advancing the knowledge regarding probabilistic theory of materials and structures, has been honoured by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an international organisation with more than 130,000 members, more..

Destructor Bridge in Bath has won the Vehicle Bridges category at this year's Structural Awards, hosted by The Institution of Structural Engineers. Designed by COWI and Knight Architects, and constructed by Britannia Construction, Destructor bridge is a two lane, multi-functional urban highway bridge commissioned as part of the Western Riverside development in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, more..

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SCESCM 2018 ‘Sustainable Structures for Future Generation’ will be held on September 5-7, 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This conference focuses on sustainability concept implemented in design, construction and maintenance in any civil engineering structure. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 17, 2018, more..

International Congress and Exhibition Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity

GeoMEAST 2018 will be held from November 24-28, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. It will showcase recent developments and advancements in design, construction, and safety inspections of transportation Infrastructures and offer a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century. Submission of abstracts is still possible until December 17, 2017, more..

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