IABSE Newsletter July 2019

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July 2019

Monthly Newsletter

Newsletter Archive

90th Anniversary
IABSE Logo (2019)

Important Dates

Next Conference:

IABSE New York 2019
‘The Evolving Metropolis'
September 4-6, 2019
Download Final Invitation
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IABSE Wroclaw 2020
‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’
May 20-22, 2020
Download Preliminary Invitation
Click here!

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

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events (Updated!)

IABSE Awards 2019 Announced!



90 Years Anniversary Video for this Month: Interview with Carlos Mendez, Mexico; Vice President IABSE, Click Here!

In this interview, IABSE Vice President, Carlos Mendez tells us how IABSE helped him early in his career until now. Currently, he is the driving force behind the growth of IABSE in the Latin American region. From the reactivation of the Colombian National Group to urging members in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Argentina to form their own National Group. After all, it only requires 6 members in the same country to create a National Group. His enthusiasm in spreading IABSE’s mission across Latin America is infectious and should be followed suit by other members.

Last month, the 2nd Mid-Year IABSE event: The 2nd Bridge Engineering Workshop, Mexico. With invited international guest speakers, the Workshop attracted participants from several Latin American countries and was a great success. Such events bring global knowledge and experience to the local engineers which is one of the great benefits of being part of the association. In this video, C. Mendez also emphasizes the importance of involving young engineers in future IABSE’s activities. Watch this video and share his enthusiasm!  Watch his interview!

IABSE Conferences

Watch video: Welcome to
IABSE Congress

Watch the invitation video from Jonathan McGormley (Scientific Committee, Chair)

IABSE Congress
New York 2019 

September 4-6:
IABSE Congress

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 08:00-18:00 Structural Failures – Investigations, Causes, Lessons Learned and Used to Mitigate Failures

September 2-3:
IABSE Annual Meetings

Please register yourself using this online form: Click Here!

NOTE: Book your hotel rooms now, as the special hotel rates negotiated will expire on
August 1, 2019

For more information:
Download the Final Invitation

October 11 -12, 2019: German and Polish Group of IABSE 6th Young Engineers Colloquium 2019, Berlin

Colloquium for Young Engineers, Oct., 2019

This colloquium offers you the opportunity to present your interesting project from university, research or construction practice to an audience of fellow engineers from the civil engineering sector. It provides attendees with an overview of current research topics as well as challenging construction projects and is an excellent platform to exchange ideas among experienced and young engineers.


Watch video: Visit Poland

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

Preliminary Invitation:
Click Here!

Symposium topics raise a wide range of problems of bridge and structural engineering, including not only technical issues, but also their presence in everyday life and in culture. Covered subjects are going to be related to various structures: from historical ones, through those designed and constructed contemporarily, to the latest and future solutions and concepts.

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

IABSE Congress, Christchurch 2020

Abstract Submission by: October 15, 2019

The congress theme is ‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastrucures’. Subtopics include:

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Developments of codes and standards
  • Bridge engineering
  • Multi-storey buildings
  • Durability
  • Rehabilitation and modification of structures
  • Forensic engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Performance-based fire engineering
  • Digital technology and fabrication
  • Innovative forms, technologies and materials
  • Performance under multi-hazards.



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Offer from Romanian National Group:

Free download of book of abstracts from IABSE Members Area.

This book has abstracts which is based on a teamwork orientated competition regarding the practical use of building materials and it is addressed to students in Civil Engineering from Politechnica University Timisoara- Romania. it was a student competition with oral presentations. At the end of the contest, the best works were stimulated with the title of wonderful "building construct". The competition was organized on May,22,2019. Copyrights to the Politechnica University Timisoara-Romania.

We thank Prof. Corneliu Bob for sending us this collection.

Offer from Japanese National Group:

Free download from IABSE Members Area

Basic Theory and Design of Hybrid Structures 2019, published by JSCE, translated by Prof. Shunichi Nakamura

News from National Groups

Logo's of National Groups

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

At its recent meeting in Guimaraes, Portugal, the Executive Committee decided to make minor changes to the IABSE Awards to be implemented immediately. Please refer to the updated Standing Orders: Click Here!

Main changes include:

(1) International Award of Merit: Nominations by: Executive, Administrative and Technical Committee, National Groups with support from at least two IABSE members from different countries.

(2) IABSE PRIZE renamed to IABSE Early Career Prize and the winner must present a paper/Project at the Conference.

(3) Outstanding Structure Award:
Finalist Winners will be abolished and select winners in two categories;
Category 1: Buildings
Category 2: Infrastructures

National Groups









Watch YEP Chair, Fernando M. Aguirre explain why you should join the YEP Programme and IABSE 
Click Here!


June 20, 2019

Film on Othmar H. Ammann

Discussion with the film director Martin Witz, for his movie, ‘Gateways to New York, Othmar H. Ammann and His Bridges (88’), 2018’, with a projection of the film and podium discussion with the film director Martin Witz and Philippe Menétrey, president of the Swiss group took place in a NG event on June 20th.

Short Description
Othmar Ammann: « The young Swiss engineer who came to America in 1904 to « gain a few years’ experience in American bridge building techniques » has spent 60 years here making an enormous contribution to the development of his adopted land. He stands today the foremost bridge builder in the world ».

Read More : Click Here!


July 4, 2019

Technical Presentations

Several technical presentations have been organised by the Brazilian NG, on July 4, Marcel Silveira gave a lecture on BIM Applied to Structural Design, and on 1st of August, Benjamin Ernani Diaz shall give a lecture on the Verification Activity in the Design of Bridges.

For further information contact Chair of NG, Sergio Hampshire. Write to: iabse@secretariat.org


July, 2019

New NG Chair and Secretary

IABSE extends a warm welcome to Shri Indresh Kumar Pandey, Director General (Road Development) & Special Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as the new Chair of Indian National Group; and to Shri Binay Kumar Sinha, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as the ING General Secretary, and extends heartiest congratulations and thanks to the past ING Chair Shri Do Tawade and Secretary Shri R.K Pandey, for their dedication and work for the ING in the past few years. Thank you and Welcome!

Germany and Belgium

Coming next in
October 11-12, 2019

6th Young Engineers Colloquium

The German and Polish Group of IABSE are organising a Colloquium where, young engineers can present student projects, PhD research papers as well as construction projects from all fields of civil engineering. The presentations are going to be held in English. Prizes will be awarded to the best presentations. For any queries, please contact our organising committee at YEC2019@iabse.de

Further Information: http://www.iabse.de/YEC2019

Submit application to: YEC2019@iabse.de

Submission deadline:
July 15, 2019


June 6-7, 2019

2nd Bridge Engineering Workshop

This Workshop took place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and was organized by the Mexican Society for Earthquake Engineering and the Mexican Group of IABSE. You can read a report in SEI August issue about this Workshop and see the photos here: Click Here!


July 1-3, 2019

The 2019 Henderson Colloquium

The British Group held this annual event at Christ’s College Cambridge, where twenty invited delegates – structural, system and mechanical engineers, architects and an artist and explored what characterises structural ‘goodness’ in the future, and how future changes in technology and society will help or hinder the profession’s ability to create it.

Read Full report: Click Here!


July 15-18, 2019

VII Ecuadorian Conference on Earthquake Engineering

The newly formed Ecuadorian NG, chaired by Roberto Luque and his team, co-organised the VII Ecuadorian Conference on Earthquake Engineering -a well-known structural engineering event which will take place in Ecuador next week. This year’s highlights include a Keynote speaker from France, and IABSE’s Vice President, Carlos Mendez during his Keynote lecture also plans to talk about IABSE and encourage the Latin American structural engineers to join the Association.

Members News

Dan M. Frangopol has been named as the recipient of the ASCE 2019 George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal

IABSE congratulates Prof. Frangopol for winning this prize, for his impact of pioneering work in integrating structural health monitoring in life-cycle engineering of civil and marine infrastructure systems. Additional information about this award can be found in the link below. Award presentations were made during the ASCE-EMI 2019 Conference, held June 18-21, in Pasadena, CA.

More details: Click Here!

Basic Theory and Design of Hybrid Structures 2019 – New E-Book

Hybrid structures are structurally rational and accepted worldwide. They use more than two different types of materials so that they compensate the weak points each other and utilizes the strong points. New materials such as chemical fibers and polymer have also been developed and used for hybrid structures due to its light weight and high corrosion resistance.

There exist specifications and guidelines for hybrid structures in Japan (JSCE), Europe (Eurocode), USA (AASHTO) and so on. However, it is not easy for students and young engineers to understand these codes and the design and construction methods of hybrid structures because they require deep knowledge of materials, connection details, structural behaviors, design and construction methods, and so on. The Hybrid Committee, JSCE, published “Basic theory and Design of Hybrid Structures” in 2011 to help them understand the basic concepts, theories and design methods of hybrid structures.

This book has been widely accepted as an introductory educational material by young engineers and students in Japan. This book was translated to English by S. Nakamura (Vice President of IABSE) and five experts as part of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (Collective Member of IABSE) activity. This English version would help students and young engineers in the world who need good an introductory book to understand the basics of hybrid structures. This book presents many hybrid structures developed in Japan, which is leading in this field with innovative hybrid structures and technologies. This would be useful for not only students but also structural engineers in the world.


IABSE Fellow and former T.Y. Lin International Bridge Engineer, Charles “Chuck” Seim, P.E., Passed away at age 93. A highly respected bridge engineer, Seim served the industry for over 50 years, 24 of which were spent as TYLI Senior Vice President.

Read Here!

General Call for Members - News!

IABSE Members are welcome to send us information about any recent achievement (individual or your company/university) and we try to shall feature you or your company here. Please report on news from your country as well by month end for inclusion in next month’s Newsletter, website, Social Media and SEI. We are happy to promote and assist you in your activities and spread the news across IABSE community!

Please send your report to: bose@iabse.org

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