IABSE Newsletter 2017/06

IABSE Newsletter 2017/06

IABSE Awards 2017

IABSE is pleased to announce the Laureates of the IABSE Awards

    D. A. Nethercot                      J. J. Arenas                        L. Gardner

Honorary Membership
David A. Nethercot, UK

International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering
Juan José Arenas, Spain

Leroy Gardner, UK

Phoenix Centre, Beijing, China

Outstanding Structure Award
Winner:     Phoenix Centre, Beijing, China

Finalists: - Port of Valencia Lighthouse, Valencia, Spain
              - New Street Station, Birmingham, UK
              - Dandeung Bridge, Gunsan-si, South Korea


Outstanding Paper Award

 M. Engelmann                      B. Weller

Category ‘Scientific Paper’:
Post-Tensioned Glass Beams for a 9m Spannglass Bridge 
by Michael Engelmann, Bernhard Weller, Germany, SEI 2/2016 (May), pp. 103-113.

   L. du Peloux            O. Baverel              J-F. Caron                F. Tayeb

Category ‘Technical Report’:
Construction of a Large Composite Gridshell Structure: A Lightweight Structure Made with Pultruded Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer Tubes 
by Lionel du Peloux; Frédéric Tayeb; Olivier Baverel, and Jean-François Caron, France, SEI 2/2016, (May.) pp. 160-167.

Latest News


Free Download:
Proceedings of the ‘Young Engineers Colloquium Hamburg 2016, organised by the IABSE German and Danish Groups, are now available for free here..


The largest tunnel boring machine (TBM) in the world finished drilling underneath Seattle, more..

Important Dates


IABSE Vancouver 2017
‘Engineering the Future' 
September 21-23, 2017

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

IABSE Nantes 2018
‘Tomorrow's Megastructures'
Deadline Call for Abstracts:
September 15, 2017

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


Trip to China

IABSE Executive Director, Chep Uytiepo was invited by Zhigang Yang, Chief Editor of BRIDGE Magazine (China), and member of the Chinese IABSE Group, to attend their event ‘Symposium on Bridge Cable System Development and Structural Innovations’ held in Wuhu, Anhui, on May 18-19, 2017. The Symposium was expected to attract construction business, structural engineers and government officials in China especially around the region.

Chep Uytiepo joined the event with Communications and Marketing Manager, Sissel Niggeler as it was a great opportunity to boost promotion of IABSE in China and to setup closer collaboration between our organisations, more..

National Groups




United Kingdom

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events

IABSE Book Vernissage: SED 5 - 3rd Edition

SED 5 – 3rd reviewed and extended Edition “Introduction to Safety and Reliability of Structures” by Jörg Schneider and Ton Vrouwenvelder was launched on June 15, 2017, at a vernissage organised by IABSE, on the premises of ETH Zurich. Professors from ETH, representatives from the profession and PhD Students came to meet the authors and to listen about the history and development of the book with printouts, booklets, personal stories, and have their personal copy signed. Read the article here..

SED5 3rd Edition is intended both for students and practising engineers. It offers a short, informative, and more educational type of publication on safety and reliability analysis in structural engineering. It can now be purchased online and comes with afree Variables Processor software, FreeVaP: www.iabse.org/onlineshop

Good news! SED 5 will be the pilot product to be sold online under the new publication pricing scheme. In the near future, IABSE will introduce its new pricing scheme for all its publications. IABSE publications will be available at its retail price excluding shipment. This will allow shoppers enjoy affordable prices for the publications and save on shipping cost when purchasing multiple items at a cost of one shipping and handling fee based on the total weight of the shipment.

Hardcopy                                     ePDF
Members: 29 CHF + shipment           Members: free
Non-Member: 39 CHF + shipment      Non-Members:  20 CHF

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News from Members

Aad van der Horst -  The fib has conferred the 2017 fib Medal of Merit to Aad van der Horst at on June 12, 2017, on occasion of the 2017 fib Symposium in Maastricht, The Netherlands. This medal is presented for outstanding contributions to both the field of structural concrete and the fib, more..


COWI – The deck of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a new COWI-designed road bridge over the River Mersey, was successfully closed on Tuesday June 27.
The closing of the deck is a major milestone in the construction of this landmark bridge – one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK – which is expected to open in autumn 2017, more..

ISDAC 2017

News from National Groups

Greece -  On April 26, 2017 the Hellenic Group of IABSE organised and hosted an Engineering event focused on “Specific Design Aspects of Structural Projects” with the parallel scope to honour three Group members in recognition of their long standing presence and participation in the activities of the Group, more..

Spain – The Spanish Group of IABSE together with several institutions is organising the course “Sin flexión. Estructuras a compresión: arcos, cúpulas”, at EPS University CEU San Pablo, Madrid, the course ”Estructuras a Compresion: Arcos, Cupulas” July 17- 28, 2017, more..

Mikael Hallgren with Peter Utgenannt, Chair, and Secretary of the Swedish Group

Sweden - IABSE is pleased to welcome the new Chair of Swedish Group of IABSE, Peter Simonsson (Swedish Road Administration). He succeeds Mikael Hallgren (TYRENS), who is thanked for his kind support in this position over the past six years. We wish him further enjoyment at IABSE and look forward to future cooperation with the new Chair and the Group’s Secretary Peter Utgenannt (Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute).


United Kingdom - The British Group of IABSE is arranging a study tour to Spain to visit some of the most notable buildings and structures in Madrid. The tour includes modern and historic structures that have been selected for their engineering and architectural interest, to illustrate technical achievements in the city. Some of these include: Zarzuela Hippodrome and the newly opened Eduardo Torroja Museum, Madrid Rio development, Prado and Reina Sofia Museums and several footbridges, more..

fib - PHD fib Symposium - The next PhD-Symposium in Civil Engineering of Fib will be held from August 29-31, 2018 in Prague. The Call for abstracts is already open and the deadline for submission is October 30, 2017, more..

CIB - The 2nd International Fire Safety Symposium 2017 ‘IFireSS 2017’ is held in Naples. Italy, from 7th to 9th of June 2017. The Symposium integrates Fire science, Engineering practice and Design methodologies for a safe and sustainable built environment, more..

Obituary - Former President and Honorary Member John M. Hanson, USA, a renowned expert in the investigations of distress and failure of concrete and steel structures, passed away on May 26, 2017, at the age of eighty-four. John joined IABSE in 1982 and was engaged in numerous association activities. He became the first non-Swiss president of IABSE (1993-1997) after the revision of the By-laws in 1990. Read the full text here..

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