IABSE Newsletter 2016/10

IABSE Newsletter 2016/10

IABSE Conference Bath 2017
Call for Submission of Abstracts and Session Ideas

How can we encourage greater creativity and imagination in design? This was one of the questions raised by a group of delegates at Congress in Stockholm, who met to discuss the possibility of organising (at relatively short notice) an IABSE Spring Conference in 2017. Imagination and its links to innovation, and how structural engineers, architects and other professionals who influence the built environment use their skills to develop new and exciting solutions to the world’s problems were discussed. From this, an event focussing on creativity and collaboration was formed.

The Organising Committee for IABSE Bath 2017 is now inviting submissions of abstracts for the lecture format sessions and ideas for the seminar format sessions.

Submission deadline is November 28, 2016.

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IABSE Vancouver 2017

Submission of abstracts has been Extended until: Nov. 7, 2016


Congress Stockholm 2016

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Membership Renewal 2017

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Denmark - Student Day

On October 27, 2016, the Danish Group of IABSE is organising a day for students at the Danish Technical University, to meet structural engineers in different jobs to hear about their work on interesting projects and different tasks solved by structural engineers. Read more..

Switzerland – Report on Young
Engineers Symposium 2016

The seventh edition of the Young Engineers Symposium (YES) took place at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts on October 6, 2016. Read more..

Spain - WoBD, November 18, 2016

The Spanish Group of IABSE is organising its next Workshop on Bridge Design 2016, WoBD2016. The aim of this event consists of promoting design, inspiring future generations and bringing together young designers with leading designers. Read more..

Mexico - Bridge Engineering
Workshop 2016

On October 6 and 7, 2016, The National Autonomous University of Mexico, in cooperation with several members of the Mexican bridge industry, organised a very successful and well attended 1st Bridge Engineering Workshop Mexico 2016 (1st BEW 2016). Read more..

News from Members

Book Review by Robert Silman, USA - Movable Bridge Design, Charles Birnstiel, William Bowden and George A. Foerster.

Who of us has not felt the rush of wonder as a draw bridge begins to open. Seeing this phenomenon as a child may even have been the impetus that impelled us into engineering. Read more..

COWI - COWI’s UK companies, Flint & Neill and Donaldson Associates, strengthen capabilities with a move to parent company brand. COWI in the UK, operating as one combined company from 1 January 2017, brings together an engineering group providing specialist civil and structural engineering services, particularly within bridge, tunnel and marine infrastructure. Read more..

BERD - FEUP WIBE Prize 2017

The WIBE Prize 2017 will awarded by an international jury to the author or authors of a ‘Paper’ that demonstrates the greatest potential of innovation and contributes to the development of Bridge Engineering worldwide. The Prize: 50,000 USD$. Submission is now open: www.fe.up.pt/wibe

IABSE Awards 2017 - Nominations

Members of IABSE are invited to propose nominations for the IABSE Awards by contacting the Chair of their National Group. The Chairs will submit their proposals to IABSE Secretariat by the following dates, December 15, 2016
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Hajime Ikeda passed away on August 24, 2016 at the age of 74. We were all deeply saddened to hear of the departure of our friend and colleague. Hajime Ikeda served as a member of IABSE Foundation Council between 2007 and 2015, and greatly contributed to the Council. Read the obituary.

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