IABSE Newsletter November 2018

November 2018

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Important Dates

Next Conference:

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

IABSE New York 2019
‘The Evolving Metropolis'
September 4-6, 2019

Call for Abstracts!
Download Preliminary Invitation:
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Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events (Updated!)


Tobia Zordan presenting
IABSE Foundation Council:
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IABSE Awards 2019

Reminder to submit nominations

Members of IABSE may propose nominations for the following IABSE Awards by contacting the Chair of their National Group by December 15, 2018. The Chairs will then submit their proposals to IABSE Secretariat.

  • Honorary Membership
  • International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering
  • IABSE Prize

Note: Only nominations that comply with the requirements will be accepted.

Watch the entire Opening Ceremony of IABSE Symposium 2018 Nantes

Did you miss the IABSE Symposium in Nantes? Watch the entire Opening Ceremony. Thanks to Bruno Godart, Chair, IABSE French Group for sharing the full video coverage of the Opening Ceremony.

Video: Click Here!    Nantes Photos: Click Here!

Young Engineers Colloquium, East Asia

L: Participants; R: Organizers: H. Kim (Korea), Y. Ge (China), Y. Fujino (Japan) with the prize winners.

October 24-25, 2018, China. Link to Photos & video

The Young Engineers Colloquium took place in Tongji University, China, was a joint event organized by three IABSE National Groups of China, Japan and Korea, which offered young engineers the opportunity to present interesting researches, projects or construction practices to fellow structural engineers and researchers.

There were 50 participants, Keynote lecture presented by Naeem Ullah Hussain, 22 Presentations and four technical tours in Shanghai: Wind Tunnel Lab of SLDRCE, Tongji University Museum, The Bund, and Boat Tour for bridges over Huangpu River.

The Best Paper Award with a cash prize of 2,000 CNY was awarded to Kun Xu from Beijing University of Technology, Doyun Hwang from Seoul National University, and Yusuke Takahashi from Osaka Institute of Technology. More information, Click Here!

Naeem Hussain’s Keynote Lecture: PPT with 162 slides

Naeem Ullah Hussain, Director/Global Bridge Leader, Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.

Interested to see N. Hussain’s Keynote Lecture? See the Student Membership ‘Give a Gift 2018’ below.

IABSE Student Membership is an excellent tool for students 27 years or younger to keep themselves abreast of the current knowledge and practices! This holiday season, sponsor a student with an IABSE Membership through IABSE’s Give-a-Gift 2018. For only 20 CHF, you can show your support to students by giving them access to IABSE Membership providing them a treasure of benefits and opportunities in finding their way to becoming future leaders in the field of structural engineering. Over the past two years, this annual campaign has resulted to hundreds of students becoming part of IABSE’s network through the generosity of professors, universities, companies, institutions and individuals alike.

How to sponsor a Student

To sponsor a student, simply email us their names, email addresses with contact details and we will send the invoice to you and send a Welcome message to the student(s). As a ‘Thank You’ to your support we will give you free access to Naeem Hussain’s Keynote Lecture with 162 slides (PPT Presentation), delivered in the Young Engineers Colloquium in Tongji University, Shanghai in October 2018. More information, Click Here!

IABSE Conferences

SEI November 2018 Editorial
by Tobia Zordan: Editorial

Guimaraes 2019 

Early Bird registration: till December 15, 2018

Are you ready for something new?

The Organising Committee of Guimaraes 2019 is excited to introduce a new kind of exciting competition in an IABSE Symposium, the
‘IABSE Tank.’  Click Here!

Read about the Keynote Speakers, topics, and other details in the Final Invitation:
Click Here!

Note: Are you IABSE British Group Young Member? Check out the grant available for you under UK news below.

New York 2019 

Call for Abstracts
(crossed by 500 abstracts!)

The Evolving Metropolis will address the social and economic needs of the world with sessions on Durable Bridges and Affordable Housing as well as numerous other important and current issues presented in our world. The Scientific Programme will include Plenary and Concurrent Sessions over three days. Panel discussions and Poster Sessions will also be incorporated into the programme.

Full Congress Details:
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Explore the IABSE
Publications Archive

The first post on the
JCSS pre-conference
course is online: Click here!

IABSE Symposium Report (Nantes 2018)

Buy Online with
Members Discount

IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium (East Asia 2018)

Buy Online with
Members Discount

SEI November 2019

SEI printed issue is on its way and is also available online. Read the Editorial by Tobia Zordan Here: Editorial

Download and Read IABSE News before you get the
Hard Copy: IABSE News

News from National Groups

National Groups








The Netherlands


Logo's of National Groups

National Groups can download their logos from their webpage on the
IABSE website


December 5, 2018

50th Anniversary!

The Portugese Group of IABSE (APEE) is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a conference on December 5, 2018, which will also include a keynote lecture by Prof. Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy, on the topic: “ The Genoa bridge collapse: background and state of the art of the investigation” This event will be held at the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering.

More information
Click Here!


October 30, 2018

Presenting IABSE to
China-Croatia Forum

Croatian NG Chair, Ana Mandic Ivankovic described her experience in IABSE in a presentation at the China-Croatia Higher Education Institution Forum organized by the Ministry of Science and Education of Republic of Croatia, where she also mentioned that the newly elected president of the IABSE from 2019 is Prof.Dr. Yaojun Ge from Tongji University, China.

More information
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October 31, 2018

Mini seminar – Bridge Construction Methods

The Danish Group of IABSE hosted a seminar on Bridge Construction Methods, at the Frederikssund Fjord Link bridge construction site and offered the opportunity to visit the construction site itself.

The seminar presented the construction methods used on the two major bridge construction projects currently ongoing in Denmark – The New Storstrøm Bridge and the Frederikssund Fjord Link. The topic of the seminar was the Contractors considerations and approach to detailed design and construction methodology. The seminar had close to 90 participants and included participation from IABSE Italy, IABSE Norway as well as IABSE Denmark.

More information
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November, 2018

The Spanish Group of IABSE organized this event in collaboration with the Technical University of Madrid on November 15-16, 2018.

A fascinating journey through current Spanish Structural Engineering along with the Workshop on Bridge Design (WoBD 2018). There will be a follow-up report soon in the Spanish NG IABSE webpage. For further information or to collaborate on future events in Spain, please contact NG, Chair, Dolores Pulido: dpulido@ceu.es

More information 
Click Here!


Recent Structure

The Loftesnes Bridge opened in 2018 and with a span length of 194 m, it was the finalist in the European Steel Bridge Award.


December 5, 2018

Adaptable structures - what really is serviceability?

The British Group of IABSE will be running a panel discussion in London based on the theme of this year's Henderson Colloquium run in conjunction with IStructE's Structural Futures Committee.

More information
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Young Members Grant!
Calling all IABSE British Group Young Members hoping to present at the Guimarães 2019 Symposium (or any future IABSE international conference).
A £300 grant may well be available to you.

More information
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Milne Medal

On November 13, in London, IABSE BG Milne Medal winner, WSP's John Parker, delivered his lecture: "An Unexpected Education".
He explored how engineers adapt to unusual challenges and in doing so pick up new understandings.

Diego Padilla Philipps (WSP) won the ‘Nethercot Paper Award’ for his paper “22 Bishopsgate”.

More information
Click Here!


December 8-9, 2018

Workshop on “Inspection, Investigation and Repair/Rehabilitation of Bridges and Flyovers” to be held at Chennai, India. 

This Workshop intends to provide insights into the probable causes of damage/distress and available methods and techniques of their repair and rehabilitation to enhance their serviceability during the design life. It also covers the aspects of detailed inspection, investigation and testing.

For further information please contact: ingiabse@hotmail.com

Download the flyer from here.

The Netherlands

January, 2019

The Dutch Group of IABSE shall conduct a Seminar 'Connect High-Rise Buildings in the NL'. The purpose of this seminar will be to provide Dutch engineers from academia and practice the latest knowledge about high rise buildings in the NL and also to enhance network with practitioners.

For more info. contact the Chair, NL, B. Hesselink (or write to us at bose@iabse.org)


January 2019

The Malaysian Group of IABSE is planning to organise its Bi-monthly National Group’s Meet in January. Please contact Chair, Paul Mullins for further information (or write to us at bose@iabse.org)

Members News

Official Opening of 'Sora Giuvna' – the second
Hinterrhein Bridge in Switzerland

A new bridge serving the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in eastern Switzerland was officially opened on October 18, 2018. COWI (IABSE’s Collective Member), is proud to be partners in providing concept and detailed design of the new bridge in joint venture with WaltGalmarini AG. The 200m long bridge with a 63m main span will carry a single-track railway over the Hinterrhein (Posterior Rhine) River and A13 highway, improving journey frequency on both the Chur - St. Moritz, and Chur - Disentis-Muster routes.

More information, Click Here!

Kienlesberg Bridge in Ulm opens

Design team Knight Architects (IABSE Collective Member) with Krebs und Kiefer is glad to announce the opening of the new landmark bridge in Ulm, Germany. The 270m-long crossing will be the keystone in Ulm’s new ‘Line 2’ network providing a north‐south connection linking the city centre with the university and a business park.

More information, Click Here!

The fib is delighted to announce that Jean-François Klein (IABSE Member, posthumous), Giuseppe Mancini (IABSE Member) and Rudy Ricciotti, were awarded the fib Freyssinet Medal, which recognises outstanding technical contributions in the field of structural concrete.

More information, Click Here!

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July 24-26, 2019

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October 2-4, 2019

The 9th International Conference on Arch Bridges (ARCH 2019) will be held on October 2 to 4, 2019, at the campus of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in Porto, Portugal. Click Here!

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