IABSE Newsletter 2017/07

IABSE Newsletter 2017/07

39th IABSE Symposium Vancouver 2017

Engineering the Future - September 21-23, 2017

The Vancouver Symposium will include over 400 presentations organised into plenary talks, parallel sessions and panel sessions. It will also feature an innovative format of Interactive Poster Sessions: short oral presentations followed by direct discussion with the poster authors. Ron Eguchi, Yaojun Ge, Peter Irwin and Michele Calvi will present keynote lectures. See the Preliminary Presentation Schedule here..

The conference hotel Westin Bayshore and many of the evening activities are located on the waterfront. Harbour and river boat tours to view significant structures near Vancouver will take place following the conference, as will a multi-day trip to Whistler with stops at many of the engineering landmarks on the Sea-to-Sky corridor. You can sign up for the tours as part of your Symposium registration or add a tour to your existing account.

Five workshops led by internationally renowned engineers are also planned in the days preceding the Symposium: Seismic Engineering; Timber Engineering; Forensics; Cold Regions Engineering; and a special design-oriented workshop for Young Engineers on Bridge Dynamics. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Visit www.iabse2017.org for more details.

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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

Permanent Committee Meeting 2017

The Permanent Committee (PermC) of IABSE will meet on Wednesday September 20, 2017. The Agenda for the PermC meeting will be available online by August 9, 2017, on www.iabse.org in the PermC Members Area.

Chairs of the National Groups are requested to ensure that the Delegates and Alternate Delegates representing their National Group at the PermC Meeting are communicated to the IABSE Secretariat at firat.cicek@iabse.org by August 31, 2017. Click here to view the real-time list of Delegates per country.

To know how many delegates and alternate delegates are possible per country please refer to the Membership Statement January 1, 2017.


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Pre-Conference Visit: IABSE Conference Guimarães 2019

The IABSE Spring Conference ‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment - Risk and Asset Management’ will be held from March 27-29, 2019 in Guimarães, Portugal. Preparations are well on their way and the Call for Papers will open on September 1, 2017. www.iabse.org/guimaraes2019.

Chep Uytiepo, IABSE Executive Director was invited by José Campos e Matos, Co-Chair of the Organising Committee (OC) to join their 2nd OC meeting on July 10, 2017, to discuss their planned activities for the event and to visit the venues for the conference and the social events. Fernando Branco, President of IABSE and Luis Oliveira Santos, Chair of the Scientific Committee (SC), also attended the meeting which was held at the University of Minho, which will also be the venue for the IABSE Spring meetings in 2019, more..

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Iv-Infra - creates comprehensive design for De Entree in Amsterdam June 2017 - Attractive, safe and accessible: De Entree, Amsterdam’s ‘main entrance’, is set for a complete overhaul. There will be more water, fewer cars and more space for pedestrians and cyclists. To make all of this possible, the area in front of Amsterdam Centraal, Amsterdam’s main railway station, facing the city centre will be completely remodelled across the entire width of the island the station sits on. If everything goes according to plan, the work will commence in 2018 and take approximately five years to complete, more..

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The August issue of Structural Engineering International SEI 3/17, has been printed and is on its way to Members and subscribers. This issue presents ‘Forensics in Structural Engineering’ with Scientific Papers, Technical Reports and General Reports. See the Table of Contents and download the free article ‘An Overview of Forensic Structural Engineering, by Robert T. Ratay’ here..

Sustainability is the defining challenge for engineers in the twenty-first century. In addition to safe, economic, and efficient structures, a new criterion, sustainable, must be met. Taking from both practice and research, this book provides engineers with applicable, timely, and innovative information on the state-of-the-art in sustainable structural design. SED 14 Sustainable Structural Engineering is available in the online shop. Members can download the ePDF for free in the Members Area.

Explore the IABSE Publications Archive

With the celebration of the 80 years of IABSE in 2009, the IABSE Congress Reports, IABSE Reports, IABSE Periodica and IABSE Publications from 1929-1999 were scanned and were made accessible online free of charge. This Archive is an invaluable source of information on structural engineering for experts, professionals and the public. Search functionality allows you full text searches for words in the articles, or you can browse the Archive by title, author or year. This Project was supported by the IABSE Foundation and was realised in co-operation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and the Swiss Electronic Academic Library Service (SEALS). Explore the IABSE Publications Archive here..

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These are the first international guidelines available to assist clients and procurement agencies wishing to hold a bridge design competition. The Guidelines are written specifically for projects in which a bridge is the main element of infrastructure but can also include related items, such as the approaches to the bridge and its landscaping etc. The Guidelines are for the client’s benefit and the purpose of the Guidelines is to give a framework for clients to procure a bridge project successfully via a design competition route, more..

IASS 2018: Creativity in Structural Design. Hosted at MIT in Cambridge, USA, this symposium aims to bring together leading designers and researchers from around the world. The symposium theme, Creativity in Structural Design, celebrates work in the built environment that pushes beyond the status quo and synthesizes across disciplines to solve important problems of today and the future, more..

rilem - Since 1975, each year, the Robert L’Hermite Medal is awarded to a researcher of less than 40 years, who has made an exceptional scientific contribution to the field of construction materials and structures. This year’s winner of the Medal is Ueli Angst, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and he will give a lecture on ‘Challenges and research opportunities in corrosion of steel in concrete’ during the RILEM Annual Week on Thursday September 7, in Chennai, India.

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