IABSE Newsletter January 2019

January 2019

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IABSE's 90th 
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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 Mexico 2019
‘2nd Bridge Engineering Workshop Mexico 2019'
June 6-7, 2019

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

IABSE Wroclaw 2020
‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’
May 20-22, 2020

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events (Updated!)

Happy New Year!

Technical Committee (TC) announces 6 Committees

Watch out this space for more news from Daia Zwicky (Chair, TC) in February Newsletter and further information about the Task Groups (TGs).

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Top: TC 2018 meeting.
L to R: TC Chair Daia Zwicky, N. P. Hoej (Switzerland, C1) with N. Hussain (Hong Kong) in discussion, experts coming together to make a global impact.

Meet the Six Commissions of the Technical Committee (TC) 

Get to know the different teams with their respective scopes, and engage in worthwhile activities that suit your affinity and interests. The six Commissions offer a variety of projects for IABSE members (and non-members alike) to get involved in. The new TC structure was approved by the Permanent Committee in 2017, Vancouver.

Commissions (Comm.) are long-term organizational units. They encompass a broad range of topics and organize activities within their scope of expertise. They monitor and coordinate the work done by Task Groups.

www.iabse.org/C1: Performance and Requirements (Chair: Niels Peter Hoej, Switzerland)

www.iabse.org/C2: Conceptual Design (Chair: Annette Bögle, Germany)

www.iabse.org/C3: Structural Analysis and Evaluation (Chair: Bert Hesselink, The Netherlands)

www.iabse.org/C4: Construction Methods and Processes (Chair: Pedro Pacheco, Portugal)

www.iabse.org/C5: Existing Structures (Chair: Rade Hajdin, Switzerland)

www.iabse.org/C6: Sustainability (Chair: Xin Ruan, China)

Task Groups (TG) target solving a particular job, are monitored by a Commission, and produce deliverables.

Tobia Zordan presenting IABSE Foundation Council: Click here!

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

IABSE is celebrating 90th Anniversary this year –
Watch out for this space in 2019 Newsletters!

We shall celebrate this occasion throughout the year, with articles, interviews, across SEI, Newsletters, Conferences and Social Media. Below is a photo collage of past and present, an interview taken with Manfred Hirt, former IABSE President and one of the first champions who founded in 2002 with Paul Grundy the Young Engineers Programme.

L: Forty-nine of the participants of the 1922 TKVSB conference photographed at the Zurich Tonhalle restaurant after the official luncheon; Rohn’s assistant Karl Hofacker and Arthur Vierendeel stand at the back right, Robert Maillart and Roˇs in the middle right, Arthur Rohn left front with possibly ETH Rektor Walter Wyssling above his right shoulder and Fran¸cois Schüle, director of EMPA seated below at his left (photo: gift of Karl Hofacker, now in IABSE archive)

R (top): A typical example of international contact and collaboration: Vice-President and Conference, Organizer Jörg Schneider (Switzerland), incoming President Klaus Ostenfeld (Denmark) and President John M. Hanson (USA) at work in Innsbruck, Austria 1997

R (bottom): A Pecha Kucha session, an international discussion platform introduced at IABSE’s Geneva Symposium in 2015

Brief Interview with Manfred Hirt, asking him what makes IABSE a unique association in comparison to other international associations in the field of Structural Engineering, worldwide.

Watch here a photo-collage video about Young Engineers Programs that took place in 2017-2018. Apart from special sessions and meet-ups at every IABSE Conference that took place in 2018, there were also three dedicated YEP Programs that took place in Switzerland, Germany and in China.

Read more about IABSE’s YEP: Click Here!

IABSE Conferences

Young Engineers Colloquium
took place in Tongji University, Shanghai, Oct. 2018 China

Video: Click here!
Photos: Click here!

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Logo's of National Groups

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

Guimaraes 2019 

Are you ready for something new?

The Organising Committee is very busy preparing its new and exciting programs for the Young Engineers i.e. ‘IABSE Tank’ and IABSE Happy Hour Click Here!

The OC also managed to engage top international Keynote Speakers to address current and important issues.

Final Invitation: Click Here!

Pre-Symposium Course March 18-22, 2019: JCSS Continuing Education & Advanced School

Probability Theory, Risk Assessment & Structural Reliability and Probabilistic Model Code.

Part 1: Probabilistic Modelling and Risk Analysis in Engineering.

More Information: Click Here

Note: Young Members Grant Calling all IABSE British Group Young Members hoping to present at the Guimarães 2018 Symposium (or any future IABSE international conference). A £300 grant may well be available to you.

Click Here for more information.

Mexico 2019 

June 6-7, 2019: 2nd Bridge Engineering Workshop Mexico

The objective of this event is to bring together national and international specialists in bridges engineering to share research results and discuss main and relevant issues that will shape a bridges regulation code in order to improve the practice of design and construction of this type of infrastructure in Mexico.

More Information: Click Here

New York 2019 

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:
Click Here!

Wroclaw 2020 

May 20-22, 2020: Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges, Wroclaw, Poland

Abstract Submission:
March 31, 2019

Download the Preliminary Invitation: Click Here!

Free Registration to a IABSE Conference 2019: Guimaraes or New York? 

From: Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges, Wroclaw, Poland

Eligibility: Open to all IABSE members and non-members In celebration of IABSE’s 90th anniversary in 2019, the association will raffle out a Free Conference Registration for one (1) lucky winner who meets the referral eligibility requirements. The choice of conference is upon the winner’s preference, and can either be for the IABSE Guimarães Symposium in March 2019 or IABSE Congress in New York City in September 2019.

More Information: 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 Paper on Morandi Bridge

A treat for IABSE Members, read the scientific paper which was expedited and organized by the SEI Editorial Board and is available with free access and download for IABSE Members, via Members Area www.iabse.org:

“Once upon a Time in Italy: The Tale of the Morandi Bridge

Gian Michele Calvi, Matteo Moratti, Gerard J. O'Reilly, Nicola Scattarreggia, Ricardo Monteiro, Daniele Malomo, Paolo Martino Calvi & Rui Pinho” https://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10168664.2018.1558033

News from National Groups


National Groups




The Netherlands



Bulgaria - Welcome!

December 19, 2018

Sofia - 14 IABSE members met in the UACEG university in Sofia to form the new Bulgarian Group of IABSE.

The new NG elected their officers and defined their mission and vision. The Bulgarian Group endeavours to increase IABSE's membership in their country through various planned activities.

Chair: Marina Traykova.
Vice Chair: Tsvetan Georgiev.
Secretary: Stoyan Ivanov.

More information
Click Here!


January 31, 2019 

Introduction of Bridge Monitoring and Evaluation by European Smart Sensor Technology

The Thai Group of IABSE will organise a Seminar for graduate students in the Chulalongkorn University on this topic, with Mr. Martin Fritz, from Vienna Consulting Engineers VCE, dealing with bridge monitoring and evaluation by European smart sensor technology, structural health monitoring and other topics.

Click Here to see the Agenda

Belgium and
The Netherlands

March 15-16, 2019

Young Engineers Colloquium

The Belgian and Dutch
National Groups of IABSE have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the jointly organized Young Engineers Colloquium 2019 (YEC2019) on 15 and 16 March 2019 at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. The YEC Committee is looking forward to receiving interesting project descriptions from young engineers under 35 years of age (born 1984 or later). Please submit a two-page paper in English by 15 February 2019 to YEC2019@iabse.be

More information
Click Here!


January 23, 2019

Za'abeel One - Skybridge – Design and Construction Methods

IABSE UAE NG will support an event which is being organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers on this topic. The speaker, Jens Fussing will provide examples of different construction methods of sky bridges and talk us though the typical challenges and considerations when designing and constructing sky bridges from around the world.

The Netherlands

February 5, 2019

Seminar on '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 Netherlands and also to enhance network with practitioners.

More information
Click Here!


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
Click Here!

All National Groups:

2019 Calendar of Activities: Click Here (New!)

Please report on news from your country by month end for inclusion in next month’s Newsletter, website, Social Media and SEI. We shall update this Calendar based on your new activities planned regularly.

We are happy to promote and assist you in your activities! Write to: bose@iabse.org

Note: 2019 is IABSE’s 90th Anniversary, so start planning some events to promote IABSE in your country!

Check Out the NEW Logo!

Members News

COST Action TU1402 - Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring

This week WG5 of TU1402 met in Amsterdam to advance with three guidelines on “Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring Information". One for scientists, one for practising engineers and one for infrastructure operators. We aim for a major impact with the TU1402 Guidelines… facilitating Industry 4.0 in Civil Engineering. (source: LinkedIn).

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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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