IABSE Newsletter 2017/05

IABSE Newsletter 2017/05

Reflections on the 2017 IABSE Future of Design Conference in NYC

On April 29, 2017, the first IABSE Future of Design conference in New York City was a refreshing day of optimism and energy. Lee Franck, launched the morning session by describing the organizing committee’s motivations to create a forum to celebrate “why we do what we do, what drives us as designers, and [what values we strive for].” To fulfill that mission, the conference brought together a diverse group of established and emerging talent in the fields of engineering, architecture, computation, fabrication, and art. The conference kicked off with a vibrant set of “10 + 10 Talks,” in which structural engineers paired up with professionals in a field slightly different from their own. Each pair gave a joint presentation on their thoughts on the “future of design.” Read the report by Hubert Chang and Jasmin Sadegh here..

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The Proceedings of COST Actions Workshop in Zagreb 2017, are now available for free to the public:
‘The Value of Structural Health Monitoring for the reliable Bridge Management’

Important Dates


IABSE Vancouver 2017 
Last Chance to register at Early Bird fees: May 31, 2017

IABSE Kuala Lumpur 2018 
Last Chance to submit your abstract: May 31, 2017

Save the Date:
March 27-29, 2019, IABSE Conference Guimaraes 2019
‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment Risk and Asset Management’

Tomorrow's Megastructures

September 19-21, 2018
Preliminary Invitation and Call for Papers

  • Megastructures: a radical paradigm shift or simply a change of scale?
  • Today's and tomorrow's megastructures and megaprojects
  • New trends for innovations in the construction, the preservation, the exploitation and the upgrading of structures.

These are the main themes that will be discussed at the 40th IABSE Symposium organised by the French Group of IABSE in cooperation with the French Association for Civil Engineering (AFGC).

We invite you to share your experiences with today’s megastructures and to present your vision of tomorrow and your prospect of future outstanding structures. Authors wishing to present their paper in accordance with the themes and topics of the Symposium can submit their abstract here..


President of IABSE visits Members in Beirut

In a recent visit to Beirut, Prof. Fernando Branco, President of IABSE, contacted Dr. Nisrine Makhoul and Dr. Ibrahim Khatib, IABSE members in Lebanon, to study the organisation of an IABSE Lebanese National Group. In a very friendly meeting, the message was that even in a country with few members it is possible to develop an IABSE National Group by involving local structural engineers and including students for whom IABSE offers affordable membership, more..

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Xilin Lu, China, has been honoured with the 2017 Nathan M. Newark Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his pioneering research in the development of dynamic testing, structural seismic design, and response control for tall buildings, as well as for his commitment to education and professional service, more..

Dan M. Frangopol, USA, has been recognised by Lehigh Valley ASCE as the Civil Engineer of the Year 2016. The award was given to Dr. Frangopol for his ‘outstanding achievements and contributions to the profession, ASCE, and the community’, and was presented at the Lehigh Valley ASCE Student Dinner meeting on April 18,2017, more..

ISDAC 2017

News from National Groups

Switzerland -  The Swiss Group of IABSE will have an excursion on June 9-10, 2017 and visit projects recently realised in western Switzerland. Among other things, visits will include the Champel tunnel front and the construction site of the Eaux–Vives station belonging to the CEVA project (a new rail link in Geneva), the reconstruction projects of large bridges on the A9 motorway and new buildings of the EPFL campus, more..

United Kingdom – The 11th Future of Design Conference London 2017 will be held at the South Kensington Campus of the Imperial College London on September 15, 2017. Presentations, talks and workshops during the day conference will provide a unique platform to engage with influential and inspiring individuals on the design challenges that we face in the future, more..

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Second International Bridges Congress - Chile 2017

On October 18-20, 2017, the Chilean Association of Roads and Transport, in cooperation with the National Roads Administration of Chile, will hold the Second International Bridges Congress - CHILE 2017: ‘Design, Construction and Maintenance , Future Challenges’, in the city of Santiago, more..

Nominations for the Outstanding Structure
Award 2018

Members of IABSE are invited to propose nominations for the IABSE Outstanding Structure Award 2018 by contacting the Chair of their National Group. The Chairs will submit their proposals to IABSE Secretariat by June 30, 2017, more..


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