IABSE Newsletter March 2019

March 2019

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New 90th Anniversary
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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
Download the Final Invitation
Click here!

IABSE Wroclaw 2020
‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’
May 20-22, 2020
Call for Papers by March 31, 2019
Download the Preliminary Invitation
Click here!

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

IABSE Fellows

Updated list of IABSE Fellows: Click Here

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Did you read the Final Invitation? Here is the list of Keynote Speakers, scroll down for more information. Register Now!

90 Years Anniversary Video for this Month:

Interview with Prof. Joerg Schneider, Emeritus Prof. ETH, Switzerland.

Prof. Schneider is celebrating his 50th year of IABSE Membership this year. Amongst his other contributions to the Association, he was one of the founding members for the journal and was the first Chair of the SEI Publications Committee. In this video interview with IABSE’s Executive Director, Chep Uytiepo, he talks about the journal’s progress from 1991 when it first started and its subsequent issues. Click Here

IABSE Conferences

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Daia Zwicky, Technical Committee, Chair; talks about the Commissions and Task Groups in a recent interview: Click Here

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events (Updated!)

IABSE Symposium Guimaraes 2019 

March 27-29, 2019

Taking place next week-
Are you attending?

Read the Final Programme:
Click Here

Find out more about the Keynote Speakers, Special Sessions, and the Technical Visit taking place on March 20th to the Porto Cruise Terminal, which is the largest project for the consolidation of the Port of Leixões—as an important gateway of the region.

Pre-Symposium Course
March 18-22, 2019:
JCSS Continuing Education & Advanced School Probability Theory, Risk Assessment & Structural Reliability and Probabilistic Model Code.

Final Programme: 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.

“A recent example of IABSE’s efforts to integrate the region, is the 2nd Bridge Engineering Workshop organized by the Mexican NG. This event will be held in June 2019 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and follows a first workshop held in 2016. In that time, we had about 340 attendees from 10 different countries. We expect to replicate and even exceed this success during this new midyear event of IABSE.” – Carlos Mendez Galindo, IABSE Vice President.

More Information: Click Here

IABSE Congress
New York 2019 

September 4-6, 2019

The Final Invitation is now online: Click Here

Full Congress Details: Click Here

The IABSE Congress, celebrating the 90th anniversary of IABSE, based on the theme “The Evolving Metropolis” including special sessions on “The 200 Year Bridge” and “Tomorrow’s Affordable Housing”, will take place in September this year. Preceding the Congress on September 2nd and 3rd will be the Annual Meetings at a venue that overlooks the famous Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and the coast of Brooklyn itself. Start making your arrangements to join this Congress!

IABSE Symposium
Wroclaw 2020

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

Submit your Abstract until:
March 31, 2019 
Click Here

Download the Preliminary Invitation: Click Here

IABSE Symposium
Christchurch 2020

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

Note: It is sad to read about the recent developments in Christchurch, we wish the entire country and our NG team strength and resilience. The entire world supports you!


2019 and 2020 SEI issues topics: Click Here

SEI Nov., 2020: Tunnels and Underground Structures
Call for Abstracts by:
April 30, 2019!

Full Paper Submission by:
June 15, 2019

Submitting Abstracts:
Click Here

This special issue of Structural Engineering International is intended to showcase tunnels and underground structures – actual projects at design or construction stage, recently completed structures as well as new concepts. In line with the objective of the Journal, focus is on structural aspects, design, innovation, new materials, construction methods, monitoring, maintenance, upgrade of existing structures as well as sustainability.

For complete description of this topic: Click Here

Characteristic Seismic Failures of Buildings
(SED 16)

Just Printed ! Order a Hardcopy or Download a free E-PDF of the Book (Members Only)

Our Congratulations specially to the Authors— Stephano E. Dritsos (Editor), V. J. ”Jon” Moseley, Andreas Lampropoulos, Eftychia Apostolidi and Christos Giarlelis (listed as per chapters) and to IABSE Bulletin Board and our esteemed reviewers!

Order your Hardcopy from here: Click Here

Softcopy is available for free download for Members: www.iabse.org (Members Area)

News from National Groups

National Groups







The Philippines



The Netherlands



NG CHAIRS ATTENDING GUIMARAES SYMPOSIUM: An email with information was sent to all NG Chairs on March 18th. You are kindly requested to visit the IABSE Stand for the 90 Years celebration of IABSE.

UPDATE YOUR MEMBER PROFILE: Members are requested to update their mailing address to ensure delivery of SEI May issue. Please go online under Members Area at www.iabse.org 
(Members Area). Thank you!

Logo's of National Groups

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


March 19, 2019 

Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

The Plaque unveiling ceremony took place in China for the Shanghai Tower and the Phoenix Centre which had won the IABSE Outstanding Structure Award in 2016 and 2017. The Plaque was unveiled by IABSE’s President Fernando Branco, in the presence of President Elect. Yaojun Ge, OStrAC Chair Naeem Hussain, IABSE Chinese Members and other dignitaries present there. This event was telecasted in a news channel.

Watch the Video of Chinese News telecast: Click Here

Complete Report: Click here

Ecuador - New National Group!

March 19, 2019 

This week, a group of enthusiastic engineers in Ecuador organized the formal creation of the Ecuadorian National Group (NG) of IABSE. The NG held its very first meeting in Guayaquil, Ecuador. There were 11 attendees, including current members and guests, who very likely will join IABSE as well. We extend our congratulations to the new NG in Ecuador and the entire team, and our special thanks to Carlos Mendez (Mexico), IABSE Vice President for his support and initiatives!

Belgium and
The Netherlands

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


April 12, 2019 (last few days!)

Future of Design Conference Birmingham

Read More: Click Here

April 26, 2019

Clifton Suspension Bridge Visit

Read More: Click Here

May 23, 2019

(New!) IABSE UK Annual Lecture followed by a River Thames Boat Trip

The 2019 Annual Lecture will be given by Guy Nordenson – structural engineer and professor at Princeton University.

Read More: Click Here

Switzerland - New Program!

May 10-11, 2019
Reserve by April 4, 2019

Toggenburg & Neckertal

Please register for this two day site visit, with overnight stay, organized by the Swiss Group of IABSE in cooperation with SIA and FBH.

Download Leaflet: Click Here


March 7, 2019

Annual Meet with Site Visit

On March 7th the Liechtenstein Group, under the leadership of their Chair Hansjörg Vogt, had the opportunity to visit the ongoing assembly work of the new footbridge between Liechtenstein and Switzerland, situated between Liechtensteins capital Vaduz and the town of Buchs in Switzerland. They had good participation and discussions on site.

Read More: Click Here


March 18-22, 2019


Croatian group of IABSE supported this Conference which was held in Rovinj, Croatia. Group members were particularly involved in the conference segment: Challenges in design and management of structures providing a forum for discussion on problems related to structural performance for the whole life cycle of the civil engineering structures.

Read More: Click Here


May 4, 2019

An Information Forum on Outstanding Structures

The Philippine Group of IABSE in cooperation with DLSU Civil Engineering Dept. will organise this event in De La Salle University, Manila. Resource Speakers: J. Cunanan, A.Abinales and J. Dungca. Contact: andyoreta@yahoo.com

Read More: Click Here


May 16-17, 2019

XI National Conference in Bridges and Structures (XI CBPE - Congresso Brasileiro de Pontes e Estruturas) – São Paulo

Similar to last year’s successful National Conference, our Brazilian NG is back this year with another Conference planned for May. For further details please contact Brazilian NG Chair: S.Hampshire.

Contact: secretariat@iabse.org


June 1, 2019

Future of Design, New York City

After the success of the first U.S. conference in 2017, IABSE US NG, brings Future of Design to New York City for the second time this June 1, 2019. Join us at the Educational Alliance's Manny Cantor Center for an event dedicated to creative collaborations in architecture, engineering, construction and beyond.

Read More: Click Here

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

March 11, 2019, Shanghai - Prof. Fernando Branco visited Tongji University, Shanghai, and was awarded the Advisory Professor of Tongji University. The Advisory Professorship Ceremony was hosted by Profs. Yaojun Ge and Limin Sun. Prof. Ping Fang, Vice-President of Tongji University, attended the ceremony and issued the certificate. After the ceremony, Prof. Fernando Branco gave a lecture titled “Design with Durability”.

Maurer (Collective Member) recently posted news about
Hi-Sky München & MOTORWORLD.

Read Here (in English about Hi-Sky München)
Read Here (in German)



Munich’s new Ferris wheel has found a name and operator: The Motorworld Group will be taking over the operation of Munich’s new attraction, the ‘Hi-Sky München’. Constructed by Munich-based MAURER SE, it will be located in the new district Werksviertel-Mitte. Three strong partners will be lining up to establish the world’s biggest mobile Ferris wheel as a new crowd-puller in the tourism metropolis of Munich. Alongside traditional rides, the Motorworld Group is also planning truly special experiences with Hi-Sky München.

RIL (Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) is an active IABSE collective member since 1976 (43 years). They are organizing the following event.



World Summit on Digital Built Environment WDBE 2019, Transforming Urban User Experience, September 24-25, 2019, Helsinki, Finland, www.wdbe.org

General Call for Members - 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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