IABSE Newsletter February 2019

February 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
Call for Papers by March 31, 2019


IABSE Christchurch 2020
‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures’
September 2-4, 2020

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events (Updated!)

Next Month IABSE Symposium is in Guimarães, Portugal
Have you registered?

Register with standard fee till March 25, 2019. Read the Final Invitation for further information about Themes, Keynote Speakers, Technical Tours, Social Programs: Click Here

Did you know that Participants of the IABSE Guimarães Symposium are invited to attend for FREE the Final Conference of COST Action TU 1406 – 'Quality Control Specifications for Roadway Bridges at an European Level', taking place two days before the symposium?

For further information scroll down.

Watch this Interview:

Daia Zwicky, Switzerland, Chair of IABSE Technical Committee
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Daia Zwicky, Chair of IABSE Technical Committee, gives a brief overview on the organizational transformation of the Technical Committee, its 6 key Commissions and how Task Groups will increase the momentum of IABSE’s technical activities. He invites everyone to take a closer look at the new Technical Committee site pages and the wide array of current Task Groups with their project details. In this video, watch him provide a simplified process to either join an existing Task Group or information on how to form a new one.

Task Groups aim to accomplish a targeted objective within a period of 2-4 years to deliver an output, such as setting up a workshop or perhaps an article in the SEI Journal - anything is possible! Non-members of IABSE are most welcome to participate in any of the Task Groups to lend their expertise on their subject matter, and there’s no limit to the number of participants as well. So, reach out to your colleagues, those who are non-members as well and invite them to join a Task Group.

Commission 1 (Performance and Requirements), Comm. 2 (Conceptual Design), Comm. 3 (Structural Analysis and Evaluation), Comm. 4 (Construction Methods and Processes), Comm. 5 (Existing Structures)
Comm. 6 (Sustainability).

Tobia Zordan presenting
IABSE Foundation Council:

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IABSE 90th Anniversary Celebrations continue with:

Watch this Interview: Loring A. Wyllie, IABSE Ambassador & former Vice-President; and Pete Popovic, IABSE Ambassador & former President, address issues related to structural engineering in this brief interview. Click Here


• Read the ‘90th Anniversary’ article in SEI February 2019 by IABSE President, Fernando Branco. Scroll down to ‘National Groups’ section to get the link for download.


• IABSE wishes our Chinese Members a ‘Happy New Year’ with a special gift – translated into Chinese the ‘The Story of the Koror Bridge’ by Man-Chung Tang! Please scroll down to ‘Publications’ section to receive information about this book.

 Till March 17, 2019 – Free Registration!

Open to all IABSE members and non-members, we shall soon raffle out a Free Conference Registration for one 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. For further details: Click Here

IABSE Conferences

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Logo's of National Groups

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

Guimaraes 2019 

In continuation from top….

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 25-26, 2019:
COST Action TU 1406

Quality Control Specifications for Roadway Bridges at an European Level

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.

More information: Click Here

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:
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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

Christchurch 2020

September 2-4, 2020:
‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures, Christchurch, New Zealand.


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

IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium (East Asia 2018)

Buy Online with
Members Discount

“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” Click Here

IABSE Members from China can download for free the Chinese translated book

‘The Story of the Koror Bridge’ by Man-Chung Tang from Members Area

SEI February 2019 issue has been printed and is on its way for delivery to your address.
It is also online on Taylor and Francis’s website.
(www.iabse.org via Members Area)

News from National Groups

National Groups



The Netherlands


Information and Deadline: Nominations for Outstanding Structure Award (OStrAC) !

Information: The Chair of OStrAC, Naeem Hussain, is encouraging for more entry submissions to this year’s Outstanding Structure Award nominations. It is critical that the nominated structure has been substantially completed in the year preceding the nomination. Deadline for submission to the respective National Group chairs is June 30th every year. Interested parties are invited to review the Standing Orders for the complete guidelines prior to submission.

Belgium and
The Netherlands

February 5, 2019

Connect - Seminar by NL

The Dutch Group of IABSE organized a successful seminar “Connect” on February 5, 2019 entitled “High-Rise Buildings in The Netherlands”. The purpose of this seminar was to provide Dutch engineers from academia and practice the latest knowledge about high rise buildings in The Netherlands and also to enhance networking among practitioners.

Read More: Click Here!

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).

Read more: Click Here


April 25, 2019
Dutch and Belgian presentations from IABSE Nantes, Kuala Lumpur and Copenhagen

Similar to last year this year too there will be a seminar based on above topic at Breda, The Netherlands.

For further details contact us at secretariat@iabse.org


January 31, 2019 

Seminar on Structural Monitoring and Evaluation by European Smart Sensor Technology

The Thai Group of IABSE organised a Seminar for graduate students in the Chulalongkorn University on this topic. Bridges have a significant vibration behaviour which may be addressed as “vibrational signature”. This dynamic behaviour is typical for a structure and can be obtained by appropriate measurements. Read Full Report: Click Here


April 12, 2019

Future of Design Conference Birmingham

There’s just under three weeks left to enter the IABSE Future of Design Birmingham 2019 Young Designer's (<35) Paper Competition.

Read More: Click Here

April 26, 2019

Clifton Suspension Bridge Visit

Read More: 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

Download IABSE News:
Click Here

All National Groups:

Read about National Groups activities and 90th Anniversary special article by IABSE’s President Fernando Branco.

2019 Calendar of Activities: Click Here 

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

Members News

News from COWI: On February 4, 2019, The Ministry of Public Works in Chile has approved the Definitive Design of what will be South America's Longest Suspension Bridge. The new bridge will form an integral part of Chilean infrastructure, connecting the mainland with the Island of Chiloé for the first time. COWI is responsible for the supervision and design review of the bridge. Located in the Los Lagos region, the project site is 1,100km south of Santiago and 80km from the seismic fault zone.

For further details please contact L.Schuurman – Communications Specialist, ldko@cowi.com

General Call for Members (Individual and Collective) - News! IABSE Members are welcome to send us information about any recent achievement (individual or your company/university) and we shall try to feature you or your company here. Become more engaged with IABSE and share with all members the ‘Big News’! contact B. Bose at bose@iabse.org

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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.
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