IABSE Newsletter 2018/05

IABSE Newsletter 2018/05

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IABSE Kuala Lumpur 2018
'Engineering the Developing World'
Report by Paul Mullins, Chair, Organizing Committee

A total of 260 delegates, from 37 different countries, attended the IABSE Spring conference, themed ‘Engineering the Developing World’, held in Kuala Lumpur from 25-27 April, 2018. There were in excess of 150 papers presented covering a wide range of subjects, with a further six keynote speakers. As well as the technical part of the conference, there was an entertaining social programme that unfolded over the three days beginning with the Young Engineer and Ice-Breaker parties on the eve of the first day. Following the conference events on the first day, ALLPLAN hosted the cocktail party, which was attended by many of the delegates. The gala dinner was held at Strato Restaurant, in the Troika building only a short walk from the conference venue, where thankfully the rain held off and delegates were able to walk in the warm KL evening heat. Delegates were able to enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the 23rd floor vantage point.

Photos from the Conference, click here..

Conference Proceedings Kuala Lumpur Published!
See news below under ‘Publications’.

Les Machines de l’ile © Gérard Grillaud

Early Bird rates until May 31!  Register now!

Meet this enormous mechanical elephant among others during the IABSE Nantes Symposium 2018.

Nantes Symposium Preview (Video)

IABSE Member registration fee:
- Early Bird until May 31, 2018:   Euro 600
- Regular June 1-Sept. 16, 2018: Euro 700
- On site Sept. 17-19, 2018:       Euro 800

'One Day Pass' option is also available.
For Post-Symposium Tours and more information: www.iabse.org/Nantes2018

IABSE Conference Copenhagen 2018
Register here!

The objective of the conference is to provide a forum for owners, operators, designers, researchers, contractors and suppliers to meet, discuss and exchange ideas and experiences within the topics of operation and maintenance of bridges and other civil engineering structures.

Download Final Invitation for Information on Themes and
Keynote Speakers:
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Updated Technical Programme: Click here!

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Important Dates

Next Conference:
IABSE Copenhagen 2018
‘Engineering the Past to Meet
the Needs of the Future'
June 25-27, 2018

Copenhagen Preliminary
Scientific Programme can be downloaded from here:

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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'

Call for Contributions till
June 1, 2018.
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Updated list of Scientific
Committee: Click Here!

Save the Date:
September 4-6, 2019

National Groups








The Netherlands

United Kingdom

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events

News from National Groups

Announcement of New Chair, F.M.Bartlett and thank you for a job well done to A.Gygax !

IABSE extends a warm welcome to F. Michael Bartlett (Photo above-Left as the new Chair of Canadian IABSE Group, and extends heartiest congratulations and thanks to Adrian Gygax (Photo above-Right), for his successful Chairmanship of the IABSE Canadian NG in the past few years.

Full article here!

Report by I. Lukacevic,
Vice-Chair, NG

The Croatian group of IABSE supports the SBRI+ WORKSHOP to be held in Zagreb, Croatia at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering on 12th of June 2018, room 121, 1st floor main building.

More information: Click Here!

Germany and Austria
Report by M. Bulkowski, OC, YEC

Friday, April 13th, 2018 the 5th Young Engineers Colloquium organized by both the German and Austrian group of IABSE took place at Bundeswehr University in Munich. The presenters from Algeria, Austria, England, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland and Germany showed the results of their work from research and practice in oral sessions as well as poster sessions accompanied by elevator pitches. 

More information: Click Here!

Announcement of a Publication

A new publication, by A.Wada: Buckling-restrained braces (BRBs) have been increasing use worldwide as ductile seismic resistant members and this year celebrates the 30th anniversary from the first application in 1987 in Japan. The Japan Society of Seismic Isolation has organised a textbook “Buckling-Restrained Braces and Applications” summarizing the latest knowledge on the design and various applications of BRBs. To order: write to JSSI against cost, JPY 3,000+shipping (contactjssi@jssi.or.jp).

New National Group initiative: UAE!

Dr. Francesco Presta, is trying to set up a new IABSE National Group in the UAE.

If you have any colleagues, members who could join then please ask them to contact Dr. Presta at: francesco.presta@bgeeng.com or fpresta@hotmail.com

Report by Y. GE, Chair, NG

The 5th General Assembly Meeting of Chinese Group of IABSE was held on May 8, 2018. The board of Chinese Group of IABSE has been elected, and Yaojun Ge, Limin Sun and Dong Xu have been re-elected as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the national group, respectively.

For more detailed report:
Click Here!

Report by N. R. Pedersen,

Almost 40 engineers, architects and students gathered on the 3rd of May 2018 in Copenhagen for an informal after-work discussion on “Innovation in Engineering”, arranged by the Danish National Group of IABSE.

More information: Click Here!

The Netherlands and Belgium
Report by Bert H.H.Snijder, Vice-President, IABSE

The Dutch Bridge Foundation (Bruggenstichting), together with the Dutch National Group of IABSE, organized the 5th Dutch National Bridges Day on 15 March 2018 at Rijkswaterstaat in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with 191 participants. The theme of the day was ‘Landmark Bridges’. Keynote speaker was prominent IABSE member Mike Schlaich (in above Photo-Left, talking to H.H.B.Snijder-Right), managing director at sbp and professor at TU Berlin.

More information: Click Here!

United Kingdom
Report by M. Saville,

The 12th Future of Design conference was held at the University of Edinburgh, marking the first time the conference has been held in Scotland since Future of Design began in 2012. The event, aimed at young aspiring engineers, focused on the familiar theme of promoting excellence in the design and construction of ground breaking projects throughout the world.

Read the full report:
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CBDG Annual Conference: Maximising New and Existing Bridges
London, 27 June, 2018

The British IABSE Group is partnering with the CBDG so that IABSE members qualify for the CBDG membership rate for their annual conference. More information: Click Here!

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Call to all National Group Chairs and Members,

We would like to make the IABSE Newsletter more interesting and relevant with more recent news about remarkable structures that are being built in your country and recent research in Universities and Companies. Please send us information about new structures, events, awards, research (recent PhD abstract), from your country at a regular basis by end of each month for inclusion in next month’s Newsletter. Recent PhD abstracts should have the following details: Title, Full name of author and email address, country, short summary, and URL to the complete thesis. Please send your news and information to B. Bose at: bose@iabse.org


Thank you!

We are thankful to all NG Chairs, and members who responded to our call for news carried in April Newsletter! Please keep sending us news feeds and let the global network of IABSE members know what’s happening in your country! After all, IABSE is all about networking, sharing of knowledge, and leading in structural engineering!


Structural Engineering International, May 2018:
Recent Structures and Research in France

Nantes, France, will host the 40th IABSE Symposium with the main theme of 'Tomorrow’s Megastructures'. Popularised in the 1960s as an architectural concept, a megastructure is referring to a very large manmade object, though the limits of precisely how large this is, varies considerably. The term could be applied to any especially large or tall building, but also to enormous self-supporting artificial constructions. In anticipation of this event, the current SEI Special Issue includes a collection of papers highlighting recent structures and research in France. Both bridge, building and railway projects from across France are represented, comprising both new construction and the retrofitting of existing structures.

This Special issue’s Chief Reviewer was Ann Schumacher and Guest Chief Reviewer was Bruno Godart, Chair, Organizing Committee, IABSE Nantes Symposium. The Editorial for this SEI issue is by the Chair of Technical Committee, Daia Zwicky.

SEI May issue has been printed and posted, it is also available online on Taylor & Francis's website: Click here!

SEI Future Topics: Click Here !

New Publication!
Conference Proceedings: 'Engineering the Developing World'
IABSE Conference, Kuala Lumpur 2018

Book: 1118 pages in English.
ISBN 978-3-85748-159-8
Format: PDF only. Published: April 2018
Price: IABSE Member CHF 30.75
Non-Members: CHF 40

Order online from: www.iabse.org/onlineshop

Conference Proceeding's Table of Contents:
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Nominations for the IABSE Outstanding
Structure Award 2019!

National Group Contacts: www.iabse.org/NGs

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

 WIBE Prize Award

The subject of the BERD-FEUP WIBE Prize is a 10 pages paper in the field of Bridge Engineering, comprising at least the following four requirements:

  • A concept, a process or a system with clear innovation features in Bridge Engineering;
  • A clear presentation of the potential impact of the innovation on Bridge Engineering;
  • A clear presentation of the potential impact of the innovation on society;
  • A clear presentation of the scientific validation or alternatively a clear presentation of the technical applicability potential.

The winner of the Prize will be selected by a qualified jury.
The Prize: 50,000 USD !

The First WIBE Prize Award Ceremony will take place in the ‘Cradle of Portuguese nationality’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a unique heritage. The ceremony will be held on 26 March 2019, during the IABSE Symposium Guimaraes, in the Duke of Braganza's Palace, where Portugal First King, D. Afonso Henriques, founded the country. In this Ceremony, the winner of the First World Innovation Prize in Bridge Engineering will be awarded. WIBE website the Winner of the First Edition: https://paginas.fe.up.pt/wibe/


IABSE Symposium Guimaraes 2019

Don’t forget to submit an abstract and register for this Symposium!  www.iabse.org/guimaraes2019

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