IABSE Newsletter August 2019

August 2019

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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
Call for Abstracts by
October 15, 2019

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

NG Events (Updated!)

In our August Newsletter,
we shared an interview with
IABSE Vice President
Carlos Mendez
, which crossed over 4100 views in just one month!

If you want to spread your message for IABSE to members and non-members in your country and worldwide, contact bose@iabse.org for IABSE Youtube Interviews.
Subscribe to IABSE’s Youtube Channel
(free of cost) to keep receiving updates about new videos.

Countdown has started. Just few weeks left for 2019 IABSE Congress, September 4-6.

Technical Programme: Click Here!

Technical Programme: Now available!

Download the Final Invitation (updated!)

Get involved and signup now!

Your Thesis in 180 Seconds - Thursday, September 5th,
12:45 pm to 1:30 pm: Full

PechaKucha - Friday, September 6th, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm: Presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds.Let us know whether you are interested in taking part here.

Via Verde Tour - Thursday, September 5th, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm: Limited to 30 participants. Let us know if you are interested in taking part here.

Kosciuszko Bridge Site Tour - Friday, September 6, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Limited to 45 participants. Let us know whether you are interested in taking part here.

IABSE Annual Meetings - September 2-3
Please register yourself using the online form: Click Here!

What's Next?

2nd IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium 2019 Tokyo
November 7 - 8, 2019

Watch the informational video and personal invitation from Yozo Fujino for the IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium. This is a regional activity of Japan, China, the Korean Republic and Hong Kong groups of IABSE.

Check out the exciting program and keynote presentation of Dr. Akio Kasuga and information on how to join the Design Competition and win a cash prize!
Click Here!

YEC Nov. 2019: More information..

PS: 6th Young Engineers Colloquium will be held from Oct. 11-12, 2019
in Berlin, scroll down for more information.

Prepare Early for IABSE Conferences!

IABSE Symposium 2020 Wroclaw

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

Watch video: Visit Poland

Preliminary Invitation:
Click Here!

IABSE Congress 2020 Christchurch

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

Watch Stephen Hicks and Brian Uy talking about the
IABSE Congress 2020 in Christchurch. 
Click Here!

Abstract Submission by October 15, 2019
has been announced: 
More information..


Structural Engineering International
August issue:

SEI August issue is already online, read your copy from Members Area www.iabse.org or Taylor and Francis's website.


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

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New Zealand

United Kingdom

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


July 2019

IABSE Membership Flyers in Chinese, for events in China

The Chinese NG is taking several initiatives to promote IABSE amongst local engineers and in events taking place in China, a flyer in Chinese was prepared and distributed on 15th July, during the registration of the 2nd International Symposium on Jointless and Sustainable Bridges and shall be distributed in other forthcoming events as well.

Japan, China, Korea,

Event in November 7-8, 2019!

2nd Young Engineers Colloquium

All four National Groups are organising their second joint YEC event in November 7-8, 2019 in Tokyo, watch the video in the beginning of the Newsletter by Y. Fujino.

Please submit abstracts, application forms and registration forms including a short Curriculum Vitae using the template to iabse-jpn@jssc.or.jp.

For information about the competitions, registrations, trips, Click Here !

Deadline of Submission of Application for Presentation: September 15th (Sun), 2019.

Deadline of Submission of Abstracts and Registration: October 13th (Sun), 2019.

United Kingdom

October 2019

The Nethercot Prize

Early career architects, engineers and designers (expected to be under 35 and based in the UK) are invited to submit a single author paper for judging for the Nethercot Prize (Young Professionals Paper Prize named after Professor David Nethercot, President of IABSE 2013-2016). Shortlisted authors will be invited to the IABSE Milne medal dinner normally held in November each year. The winner of the paper competition will be awarded with a contribution of £400 towards participation and travel to an upcoming IABSE international conference in (reimbursed after the attendance of the conference).

For more information
Click Here!


July 2019

New NG Chair!

IABSE takes the opportunity to thank Mr. MD Abdus A. Sobhan for his dedicated service and initiatives for the Bangladesh NG and welcome Prof. Dr. AFM Saiful Amin, as the new Chair and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdur Rahman Bhuiyan as the General Secretary.

For more information
Click Here!

Germany and Belgium

Event in October 11-12, 2019

6th Young Engineers Colloquium

Are you a young engineer and want to present your student project, PhD research paper or construction project within this 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

New Zealand

July, 2019

New NZ Group Chair and IABSE Congress 2020

The New Zealand Group of IABSE has named Alessandro Palermo as the new Chair following Stephen Hicks resignation due to his new assignment as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

Stephen will continue his support to the NZ National Group for Co-Chairing the IABSE Congress in 2020. We wish him good luck to his new assignment and thank him for leading the NZ Group for so many years. See his video in the beginning of this newsletter, along with Australian NG Chair, Brian Uy announcing the 2020 Christchurch Congress.

New Zealand members are encouraged to promote the IABSE Congress in Christchurch. Please contact Prof. Alessandro Palermo if you wish to support or actively promote the Congress at iabse2020@confer.co.nz

Members News

Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

Ian Firth, Chair of IABSE’s British National Group has requested fellow members of IABSE to read the statement here and sign it as this is an issue which is of primary concern, related to climate and biodiversity emergency:  https://structuralengineersdeclare.com/

Collective Member: TU Delft, The Netherlands

After two successful runs in 2018 TU Delft is organizing the third run of FRPx, a professional online course on design and construction of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Structural Engineering, starting on 8th October 2019. In this course the participants from industry can benefit from getting a boost on skills and knowledge on why/when/how to use FRP in infrastructure and building projects and how to do the design and verification.

Click Here for:
Promo video, Structure of the Course, Enrolment Link and Details.

Sustainability in the Built Environment – the Tongji Consensus

Immediately after the recent ICASP13 conference in Seoul, Ton Vrouwenvelder, Jianbing Chen, Jie Li, Yongbo Peng and Michael Fabre organised a small workshop at Tongji University. The objective of this workshop was to initiate the development of a consensus statement among experts and professionals in the structural engineering community regarding the need for prompt and target actions to ensure sustainable developments in the built environment. And to direct the attention of politicians, industry leaders and societal decision makers in general, on the critical importance of the built environment for sustainable developments at global and local scales. It is also to direct their focus on how to proceed in ensuring that the built environment of the future is sustainable, resilient and adequately safe.

The workshop – with the participation of about 25 professors – mostly representing different universities across China – was both interesting and very fruitful. At the end of the workshop – and in the weeks following – participants jointly formulated and edited the Tongji Consensus. As next steps, participants hope to be able to gather the support of the Tongji Consensus, first from international and national engineering associations but later also from industries, public authorities, pre-normative and normative expert groups, regulating bodies and agencies as well as individual professionals within the structural engineering and construction sector.

For further information, please contact Michael Havbro Faber
(write to: secretariat@iabse.org)

Collective Member Maurer (News): Guided cross-tie: the first absolutely earthquake-proof railroad bridge expansion joint

Mexico City/Munich. The railroad line Toluca–Mexico City is scheduled to become operational early in 2021. The special feature is the MAURER seismic protection system for two long viaducts. For this purpose, so-called guided cross-ties, the first absolutely earthquake-proof railroad bridge expansion joints, are installed at the ends of the individual bridge sections. Together with a complex system consisting of bearings, dampers and elastomeric spring isolators they ensure structural stability, function and safety for various load cases: from braking and acceleration forces in normal operation to the Maximum Considered Earthquake (MCE). The new intercity line has a length of 57.7 km and is to connect Toluca with Mexico City from early 2021. The daily passenger estimate is about 230,000 to 300,000. The investment volume amounts to 2.5 bn US$.

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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