IABSE Newsletter October 2019

October 2019

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IABSE Secretariat’s
new location and
telephone number:

Jungholzstrasse 28
8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel#: +41 43 443 97 65
E-mail: secretariat@iabse.org







Important information
IABSE will transition to a new website and a new online payment platform. Note that the payment feature on the existing website has been deactivated so kindly expect an official email with detailed instructions and a link to pay for 2020 renewal dues instead


Important Dates

Next Conference:

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
Abstract submission by:
November 20, 2019

IABSE Seoul 2020
‘Risk Intelligence of Infrastructures’
November 9-10, 2020

IABSE New Delhi 2021
‘The Changing Skyline and Underground Structures’
April 14-16, 2021

IABSE Ghent 2021
‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’
September 22-24, 2021

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

IABSE Secretariat has a new address!


October 7, 2019: Outgoing President Fernando Branco from Lisbon and Incoming President Yaojun Ge from Shanghai, came for a short visit and handover at the IABSE Secretariat’s new office at Jungholzstrasse 28, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland. Phone number: +4143 443 97 65.

Watch the video with Chep, Fernando and Yaojun: Click Here!

National Groups with IABSE flag!

IABSE Flag travelling from Guimaraes Symposium to New York Congress presented during the Opening Ceremony of IABSE Congress New York.

90 Years Anniversary Videos for this Month:
Interview with Naeem Hussain, from Arup, Hong Kong

Interview with Naeem Hussain:
‘Why I am a Member of IABSE’ and about his role as the Chair of the Outstanding Structure Award Committee and Chair of Hong Kong National Group.

Interview video: Click Here!

National Group Chairs please note deadline for submitting your IABSE Awards nominations is fast approaching (15 December)!

If you want to spread your message to IABSE 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.

Prepare Early for IABSE Conferences!

IABSE Symposium Wroclaw 2020

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


Wroclaw, the capital of the Lower Silesia, is also called Venice of the north. Located on the Oder River, the city is unique with 12 islands and known as “The City of 100 Bridges” It has one of the biggest numbers of bridges and footbridges, in Europe.

The main goal of this Symposium is to have a forum amongst scientists, experts, designers, contractors and all those interested in challenges regarding bridges and other civil engineering structures. With the main attention to synergy of civil engineering and culture under historical aspects as well as to the challenges ahead of us.

More information: Click Here!

About the City of Wroclaw: Click Here! 

IABSE Congress Christchurch 2020

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


Alessandro Palermo welcomes everyone to Christchurch 2020

Deadline Extended!
Abstracts Submission by: Nov. 20, 2019

Christchurch, the third-largest city in New Zealand. Known as the Garden City surrounded by mountains, the Canterbury Plains, beautiful coastline, and the Port Hills, which provide a dramatic backdrop to the city.

The local organisers promised that Christchurch as a perfect location for the upcoming IABSE Congress on ‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures Christchurch’.

For more information, visit the Congress official website: Click Here!

Bonus video
What if... Christchurch becomes the city of bridges? Alessandro’s lecture at the University of Canterbury.

IABSE Conference Seoul 2020

on ‘Risk Intelligence of Infrastructures’,
Save the Date: November 9-10, 2020


The goal of this conference is to offer top practitioners and academics in the region and the world a forum for meaningful discussions on recent and future developments and applications in the areas of risk analysis and data intelligence for bridges and infrastructures.

Further information will soon be available: Click Here!

IABSE Symposium New Delhi 2021

on ‘The Changing Skyline and Underground Structures’,
Save the Date: April 14-16, 2021


This Symposium aims at providing an international forum for the debate on, among others, issues such as urban skyline, imposition
of modern construction on skyline, underground transportation structures and its effect on built areas, heritage, culture and conservation, sustainability of the built environment, risk and
asset management in infrastructures.

Submission of abstracts will open soon: Click Here!

IABSE Symposium Ghent 2021

on ‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’,
Save the Date: September 22-24, 2021

The Congress topics will address future societal needs such as building and maintaining safe and reliable buildings and infrastructures, coping with the effects of climate change in a
world with scarcer resources and the ambition to reduce
mankind’s CO2 footprint to which the building industry and the structural engineering profession can substantially contribute.

More information will be available here!


Logo's of National Groups

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

Coming Soon!

Structural Engineering Document:

Coming up soon: SED on Extradosed Bridges, edited by Mike Schlaich and another Case Study (stay tuned!)

How to write a SED:

Do you have a proposal for a SED? Form a Task Group, discuss your proposal and submit it to the Bulletin Editorial Board.
For queries contact: bose@iabse.org

IABSE Congress
New York 2019 (ePDF) The Evolving Metropolis

Members Price: 30.75 CHF (25% discounted price).

Want your copy? Buy Here!

News from National Groups

IABSE 2020 Awards: Start submitting your nominations, click here!

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United Kingdom



October 22, 2019

2nd Brazilian Seminar on Bridge and Structure

About 300 students and engineers were present in Curitibal, Brazilian State of Paraná Norte, in October 22, 2019, for attending the Second South-Brazilian Symposium on Bridges and Structures, promoted by the South-Brazilian Chapter of ABPE (Brazilian Association of Bridges and Structures – Brazilian Group of IABSE).

More conferences: Click Here!

United Kingdom

November 12, 2019

The Milne Medal Lecture

Neil Thomas from AtelierOne will receive this year’s Milne Medal and deliver his Milne Lecture on 12th November at the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Award is named after named in recognition of the late Bob Milne, who served for many years as the Honorary Secretary of the IABSE British Group of IABSE.

Further information: Click Here!

The Netherlands

October 9, 2019

The English translation of the modified Dutch CUR96:2019 was presented in a seminar of Rijkswaterstaat, IABSE TG3.3 and CROW at the Construction Campus in Delft. There were 65 participants in this seminar.

Further information: Click Here!

Japan, China, Korea,

November 7-8, 2019

2nd Young Engineers Colloquium, Tokyo

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.

Further information: Click Here!


March 25-26, 2020

’AI and Data-driven Design in Structural Engineering’ Workshop 2020

Abstract submission deadline: November 1, 2019.

This Workshop organized by the Finnish Group of IABSE together with Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL), is also an outcome of work done by the IABSE Task Group 3.6 Save the date and register for this cutting edge Workshop which will also have Keynotes by experts from the industry.

Further information: Click Here!


June 8-9, 2020

’Risk Acceptance – Principles and Application in Civil Engineering Projects’

The Norwegian Group of IABSE shall be organising this Workshop, please note the updated date above!

Members News

25th Anniversary of EC

We congratulate our longstanding IABSE Member, Rodrigo Portillo for celebrating 25th Anniversary for his company EC.

International Conference on Civil Infrastructure and Construction (CIC 2020)

The conference is co-organized by Qatar University and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). The conference has the following 4 themes that will be run as parallel sessions in the conference:

Theme 1: Construction Management and Process
Theme 2: Materials and Transportation Engineering
Theme 3: Geotechnical, Environmental, and Geo-environmental Engineering
Theme 4: Sustainability, Renovation, and Monitoring of Civil Infrastructure.

The list of keynote speakers include the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Chair of Board Of Directors 2019 of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Vice President and President-elect of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and the President of International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). More Information: Click 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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